NEW JERSEY COMMISSION ON CIVIL
Division on Civil Rights-3rd
31 Clinton Street, Newark, NJ
April 10, 2007
Prof. Paula A. Frenzese, Seton Hall
Peter W. Rodino Professor of Law
Acting Director Maria DelValle-Koch
NJ Division of Elections
Office of the Attorney General
It was a special event for Commissioner Haney A. Mawla and Director
DelValle-Kotch as they both had Professor Franzese as an instructor
when they attend Seton Hall School of Law. They were delighted
over the extent of her memory of then as students.
It may be that I was even more excited over the opportunity to meet
her than they were to get to see her again.
I didnít know Prof. Franzese at all before April 2, 2007. Rich
and I had heard Richard Dryfus on a TV talk show about his studying
in England on the subjects of Civics and Civility and that he was
dedicating his efforts to see that civics was restored as a subject
in public schools and that we place more emphasis on restoring
civility to society in general.
I had a standing search for Civics and Civility on the web and had
received very little response; then on April 2nd, the article by
Prof. Franzese appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Needless
to say, I felt like I knew her instantly and was delightfully
surprised when I learned that she was going to be a presenter at the
April 10th Commission on Civil Rights.
Prof. Frenzese Dir.
When I met Prof. Frenzese I told her I would very much enjoy having
lunch with her as I was anxious to get to know her better. I
sent her a copy of the above pictures with an e-mail message and
received the following response. You could not possible know
how much the message meant to me.
"John, You are a gentleman, a scholar and a teacher of the good.
I have much to learn from you. It would be my immense honor
and joy for us to have lunch. Letís please try to find a date.
Please let me know which days/locations are best. Warmest
The April 2nd article:
We Must Teach Foundations of Civility