Endowed Professorship at Penn Law Will Focus on Civil Rights Law

The University of Pennsylvania Law School has created the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professorship. It is the first endowed chair at the law school to be named for African Americans.

Raymond Pace Alexander, a graduate of Penn’s Wharton School of Business and Harvard Law School, was the first African American appointed to the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander was the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in economics. In 1927 she was the first black woman to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

The chair was established with a $1 million grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and a $100,000 grant from Duane Morris, a Philadelphia law firm.

The scholar who is appointed to the chair will focus on the study of civil rights law and race relations.