The Sydney Law School is saddened to learn of the passing of Penelope 'Penny' Pether

17 September 2013

Image of Professor Pether from LPB Network
Image of Professor Pether from LPB Network

The Sydney Law School is saddened to learn of the passing of esteemed alumna and long-standing colleague, Professor Penelope 'Penny' Pether, aged 55 years.

Professor Pether, born and raised in rural New South Wales, completed her studies at the University of Sydney (BA 1980, LLB 1982) and went on to practise as a solicitor at what was then known as Freehill, Hollingdale & Page (now Herbert Smith Freehills). She moved into the Ombudsman's Office thereafter, investigating alleged police misconduct. With a keen interest in English Literature, Professor Pether completed her Masters of Letters at the University of New England, NSW and was an assistant lecturer at the University of Sydney, where she proceeded to complete her PhD, her dissertation focussing on the authors E.M. Forster and Virginia Woolf.

During her time teaching Law at the University of Sydney, Professor Pether was known as an incisive scholar and a generous, honest and humourous colleague with a profound passion for education.

Following a fortuitous meeting with her soon-to-be husband Professor David Caudill at a conference in California in 1996, Professor Pether moved to the United States to pursue her career in academic education further. She taught at the University of California-Irvine, Southern Illinois, American University and Yeshiva University's Cardozo Law School. Both Professor Caudill, the current Arthur M. Goldberg Family Chair in Law at Villanova, and Professor Pether joined the faculty staff at Villanova University School of Law in 2005.

Professor Pether authored on comparative constitutional law and government power and was widely known as one of the leading lights of the discipline often loosely described as "law and literature". She was also noted for her scholarship in constitutional theory and comparative constitutional doctrine.

The Sydney Law School offers it's most sincere condolences to Penny's family, including her husband, Professor Caudill, step-son Christopher, mother Betty, brother Peter and their family.

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