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Berger Aerospace Law Collection of the Biddle Law Library Honored by the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law of the University of Pennsylvania Law School

DATE: May 30, 2018

The Berger Aerospace Law Collection was honored at the Conference on the “Weaponization of Outer Space” convened by the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law of Penn Law School, which took place from April 5 – 7, 2018. The conference was attended by academics and space law experts from the United States and Canada.

The Berger Law collection at Penn’s Biddle Law Library represents one of the preeminent collections of printed documents, treatises and expert commentary on aerospace law held by an academic law library of the United States. Since the establishment of the collection by Harold Berger in memory of his parents, Anna and Jonas Berger, researchers from throughout the United States and beyond have been welcome to use the collection in person or through email consultation. Important additions to the collection continue to be made on a regular basis.

Berger, a former Judge of the Common Pleas Court of Philadelphia, serves as a member of the Board of Overseers of Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. A graduate of both the Engineering and Law Schools at Penn, Berger also serves as Chair of the Friends of Penn’s Biddle Law Library.

Long active in national bar activities, Berger has served as Chair of the Aerospace Law Committees of the American, Federal and Inter-American Bar Associations and in recognition of the impact and importance of his scholarly work was elected to the International Academy of Astronautics in Paris. He is also a long-time member of the International Institute of Space Law.

Berger is the author of numerous law review articles, has lectured extensively before bar associations and at universities and has served as chair of the International Conferences on Global Interdependence held at Princeton University. As his biographies in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in the World outline, he is the recipient of numerous awards including the Special Service Award of the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges, a Special American Bar Association Presidential Program award and a Special Federal Bar Association award for distinguished service to the Federal and State Judiciary.

In 2017, he was the recipient of Penn Law School’s Inaugural Lifetime Commitment Award which recognizes graduates “who through a lifetime of service and commitment to Penn Law have truly set a new standard of excellence.” He has also received a Lifetime Achievement award from the Legal Intelligencer.

Berger has served as chair of Aerospace Law Conferences held at the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University and other universities. He has also served as chair of the International Conferences on Aerospace Law held in Caracas, Venezuela, Bogota, Columbia and San Jose, Costa Rica sponsored by the Inter-American and Federal Bar Associations.

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