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Penn State Law Review

DEDICATION: Louis F. Del Duca, Edward N. Polisher Distinguished Faculty Scholar

Spring, 2013

Penn State Law Review

117 Penn St. L. Rev. 1337


Mark W. Podvia*


On September 1, 1956, Louis F. Del Duca joined the faculty of the Dickinson School of Law. Morris Shaffer had just become Dean of the Law School; Dean Emeritus Walter Harrison Hitchler still occupied a suite of rooms in the Sadler Curtilage. 1 Earl Warren was then Chief Justice of the United States. The Court over which he presided included four Associate Justices whose appointments dated to the administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Dwight D. Eisenhower was President, Richard Nixon was Vice-President, and a future President named Barack Obama had not yet been born.

Fifty-seven years, eight Law School Deans, 2 four Chief Justices, 3 twenty-nine Associate Justices, 4 and eleven Presidents 5 later, Professor Del Duca is retiring. As the longest-serving faculty member in law school history, "the Duke" leaves behind several generations of students who studied under his tutelage.

Born in Abruzzi, Italy - his parents were at the time in Europe visiting family - Professor Del Duca was raised in Minersville, Pennsylvania. A top student, he studied flute from an early age, and was ultimately awarded joint scholarships to Temple University and the Curtis Institute of Music. 6 He studied at both institutions before entering the United States Navy in 1945. 7 Following his military service, he was forced to make the difficult choice between a career in music or in law. He ultimately chose the latter, drawn to the legal profession by an optimistic view "about international law and the good it might ...
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