Marina Angel to Receive Hon. Sylvia H. Rambo Award
Dickinson Law's Women’s Law Caucus has selected Marina Angel, professor of law at Temple University Beasley School of Law, as the 2017 recipient of the Hon. Sylvia H. Rambo Award in recognition of her exemplary contributions to the legal profession and to society as a whole. Professor Angel will accept the award during a ceremony on February 23 at Dickinson Law, in Carlisle, Pa.
The Rambo Award was introduced in 1993 by the Women’s Law Caucus to honor its first recipient, the Hon. Sylvia H. Rambo, a 1962 graduate of the Law School and the first woman to serve as chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, where she continues to serve as a senior judge.
Professor Angel joined the faculty of Temple University Law School in 1978, researching and writing about women’s legal rights and the status of women in the law. Her work has focused on sexual harassment, abuse and violence against women and girls, legal education, criminal law, and labor and employment law. She has analyzed psychiatric and legal issues relating to sexual harassment, and documented the nature and scope of sexual harassment perpetrated by judges. Professor Angel focused on the criminal justice system’s response to the abuse and violence against women and girls, analyzing the relationship between gender stereotypes and violence. She has over forty publications to her credit.
Professor Angel has served as associate dean for Graduate Legal Studies and External Programs; directed Temple’s Summer Session Abroad at the University of Athens; and founded and continues to chair the Pennsylvania and Delaware Valley Women Law Teachers. She has been a visiting law school professor abroad, including at Queensland Institute of Technology and Wollongong University in Australia, Tel Aviv University, the University of Puerto Rico, and Temple University Japan. During her time at Temple University, Professor Angel has dedicated her time to chairing several law school committees and served as advisor to the women’s caucus and law student groups of various ethnic backgrounds. She also chaired Temple University’s Committee on the Status of Women and the University Student Disciplinary Committee, and served as Secretary of the University’s Faculty Senate.
Professor Angel has served as chair of the Association of American Law Schools’ (AALS) Section on Women in Legal Education, and continues serves as Temple’s delegate to the AALS House of Representatives. In 2016, the Women in Legal Education section of AALS selected Professor Angel as the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. The award honors “an individual who has had a distinguished career of teaching, service, and scholarship for at least 20 years. The recipient should be someone who has impacted women, the legal community, the academy, and the issues that affect women through mentoring, writing, speaking, activism, and by providing opportunities to others.”
As an active member of the American Bar Association (ABA), Professor Angel has served on seven ABA law school accreditation site inspection teams. She is a member of the bar associations of New York City, Philadelphia, and Pennsylvania, and she has served on the Philadelphia Bar’s Gender Bias Task Force, the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Minority Bar Committee, and numerous other bar committees. For the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA), Professor Angel has compiled statistics on the status of women in the legal profession within the state of Pennsylvania, an endeavor she first undertook in 2001. The results and findings from this information can be found in PBA’s “Annual Report Card.”
She is the recipient of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Sandra Day O’Connor Award in recognition of her “legal, academic, and mentoring contributions to the legal profession” (1996); the PBA’s Commission on Women presented Anne X. Alpern Award (1998); the PBA gave her a Special Achievement Award (2003); and the ABA’s Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award (2004). In 2006, Professor Angel held the Kate Stoneman Professorship of Law and Democracy at Albany Law School, and received the Kate Stoneman Award from Albany Law School in 2007.
Professor Angel is a 1965 graduate of Barnard College and a 1969 graduate of Columbia Law School (magna cum laude). As a law student, she clerked at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. Following graduation, Professor Angel worked as an attorney for the Philadelphia Voluntary Association and obtained an LL.M. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.