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In the courtroom, James E. Beasley and Sam Klein were fierce adversaries in several high profile First Amendment cases. Out of the courtroom, the two men never socialized. But when Klein died suddenly on March 25, Beasley was deeply affected by the loss and the best way he felt he could pay tribute was by setting up a $100,000 memorial scholarship at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law for future First Amendment lawyers. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a student in financial need who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement in the area of constitutional law, particularly in the subject of First Amendment rights. “I never had a personal relationship with Sam,” Beasley said. “But he was just a super guy. And he was a role model for all lawyers. “His name needed to be remembered. And what better way than going to the school where he graduated and his son now goes and establishing a fund for a student interested in First Amendment law.” Klein was a partner at Dechert at the time of his death, serving as co-chairman of the firm’s media law group and a member of the defamation law group. Described by his peers as a champion of the First Amendment and vigilant defender of the free press, Klein represented some of the nation’s most respected news organizations — ABC, CBS, Fox, Time-Warner and Philadelphia Newspapers Inc. — in all types of media litigation, including defamation and invasion of privacy. For Temple Law Dean Robert J. Reinstein, the gift in Klein’s honor is bittersweet. Klein was a student in Reinstein’s first class, a 1969 course on advanced constitutional law — the subject that eventually became Klein’s professional passion. “Jim called me to ask what it would take to set up a scholarship in Sam’s memory, and we eventually settled on $100,000,” Reinstein said. “Then we just decided on what it would be for. And because First Amendment was Sam’s passion, the choice was clear. “Sam was always very supportive of the law school. I remember when Jim gave his gift [in 1998 that resulted in the school adding Beasley's name to its moniker], I called Sam, and he was delighted. Sam thought Jim was a great lawyer, and Jim thought the same about Sam.” Reinstein said the $100,000 will be endowed with the income produced being awarded to a student each year. He said he envisions the annual gift footing the bill for about half a single tuition or $4,500. Reinstein said his preference would be to give it to a different student each year, most likely a third-year student who has developed an interest in constitutional law during their time at the school. Before joining Dechert in 1992, Klein was a name partner with Kohn Klein Nast & Graf, where he headed one of the top First Amendment litigation defense teams in the Delaware Valley. His colleagues there included Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads chairman David Marion and Philadelphia Newspapers Inc. general counsel Katherine L. Hatton. Klein graduated from Temple University in 1968 and its law school in 1971, where he was the editor of the Temple Law Quarterly. He was a lecturer on communications law at Temple University from 1982 to 1984. His son Jared, 23, now attends Temple Law. In addition to representing corporate media entities, Klein was co-founder of the Pennsylvania First Amendment Coalition and co-authored and regularly updated the Media Survival Kit — a legal guide for journalists providing advice on issues such as access to news events, prior restraints, gag orders, subpoenas and confidential sources, libel, privacy and search warrants.

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