File #: 220175    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 2/24/2022 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 3/3/2022
Title: Recognizing Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law on the 125th Anniversary of its founding.
Sponsors: Councilmember Green, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Thomas, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Brooks
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 22017500, 2. Signature22017500
Recognizing Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law on the 125th Anniversary of its founding.

WHEREAS, Since its founding in 1895, Temple Law School has been providing a high-quality legal education to those who are interested in the law, and capable of learning about it, with the potential of becoming outstanding attorneys, but who might not otherwise have the opportunity; and

WHEREAS, This tradition makes students want to go to Temple Law School, to bring their hustle, their smarts, their backbone, and their work ethic to a school dedicated to providing an outstanding education for a great value. These principles go with graduates when they move into leadership roles in their professions and communities; and

WHEREAS, Temple Law School began the same way the broader university itself had, as an evening program. A day program was offered and planned for - it would be a three-year program and would cost $60 per year. But no one enrolled in the day program, while 46 students enrolled for evenings. Temple Law would remain a night school for its first 38 years; and

WHEREAS, From the very beginning, two longstanding and seemingly divergent characteristics seemed to best describe the Law School: modesty and audacity. Modest because it was a small evening program; audacious because it was created by a determined 24-year-old. Henry Borneman had little more than an idea and a new membership to the Pennsylvania Bar, but here he was, proposing a Law School to Temple's founder, Russell Conwell; and

WHEREAS, Classes were originally held in College Hall - now Barrack Hall - a grand, new building, erected only two years earlier, and the only classroom building on campus. Over the years, the school moved around the city; between 1910 and 1953 classes were held on several sites in Center City, and in the Gimbels department store. The early milestones were fairly humble, and the obstacles numerous. A first graduation ceremony was held in 1901, and in 1902...

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