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June 09, 2009

JoAnne Epps, Dean of Temple University Beasley School of Law, Received Philadelphia Bar Association’s Sandra Day O’Connor Award, June 9

JoAnne Epps, dean of Temple University Beasley School of Law, received the Philadelphia Bar Association's Sandra Day O'Connor Award at its Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon, June 9 at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets.

Established in 1993, the Sandra Day O’Connor Award is conferred annually on a female attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments and has furthered the advancement of women both professionally and in the community. Epps will also deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the event.

A leading scholar in the areas of trial advocacy and criminal procedure, Epps took over as dean at Temple Law in July. Prior to assuming this role, Epps was a Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Before joining Temple, Epps was a deputy city attorney for the City of Los Angeles and an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She is a frequent speaker on evidence and advocacy, both domestically and internationally.

In June 2007, Epps traveled to London as the only law professor member of a nine-person American team that provided training to Sudanese lawyers representing victims of the Darfur crisis. In 2005 and 2006, she taught jury trial advocacy to more than 20,000 members of the Japanese Bar Association in anticipation of the re-institution of jury trials in criminal cases in Japan.

Also at the Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon, Alan W. Margolis, a founding partner of Margolis Edelstein, was inducted into the Bar Association’s 50-Year Club and speak on behalf of this year’s other Year Club inductees – distinctions awarded to 50-, 60- and 70-year members of the Bar Association.

The event was held at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue.
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