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May 23, 2006

Chancellor Feldman Oversees Supreme Court Swearing In

PHILADELPHIA – Chancellor Alan M. Feldman moved the admission of 13 members of the Philadelphia Bar Association for admittance to practice before the United States Supreme Court in an induction ceremony held at the U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C., on Monday, May 22, 2006. Among the inductees were Vice Chancellor A. Michael Pratt and five members of Feldman’s firm, Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner & Weinstock.

“It’s wonderful and moving to be in the nation’s most important courtroom before Supreme Court justices few of us will appear before again,” Feldman said. “The lawyers who have participated in this special ceremony will treasure the experience.”

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. presided over the session and confirmed the applications for admission. Chief Justice Roberts, who was joined at the session by Associate Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony M. Kennedy and Clarence Thomas, read the court’s decision in Brigham City v. Charles W. Stuart, Shayne R. Taylor and Sandra A. Taylor prior to the inductions.

“It was the single best moment of my professional career,” said Jeff Campolongo, one of the inductees and Chair of the Association’s Public Interest Section. “I told the guy next to me that I was so nervous; imagine how you feel when you have to argue in front of the court!”

Six groups were sworn in during the ceremony, including Philadelphia’s delegation and a contingency from Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Following the formal reading of the applicants, the entire group was administered the formal oath.

The newly sworn in attorneys and Feldman had a group photo taken in front of the statue of John Marshall, the fourth chief justice of the Supreme Court who was appointed by President John Adams in 1801. The statue was commissioned by the Philadelphia Bar Association upon Marshall’s death in 1835, but it was not unveiled until 1884 when it was placed in the West Plaza of the Capitol. It was moved to its present location in the Supreme Court building in 1982.

“When they called order to the court it was so very formal,” said Melissa Schwartz, an inductee and past Chair of the Young Lawyers Division. “It was neat to watch the justices file in and to hear the court’s opinion.”

Those inducted from Philadelphia were:
Drew E. Aldinger – Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP
Jeffrey Campolongo – Law Office of Jeffrey Campolongo
Edward Scott Goldis – Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner & Weinstock
Carol L. Hartz – Nancy O’Mara Ezold, P.C.
Thomas M. Marrone – Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner & Weinstock
Roberta D. Pichini – Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner & Weinstock
Anthony Michael Pratt – Pepper Hamilton LLP
Elaine M. Ross – McKissock & Hoffman, P.C.
Susan E. Satkowski – Lavin, O’Neil, Ricci, Cedrone & DiSipio
Melissa Schwartz – Naulty, Scaricamazza, and McDevitt, LLC
Michael E. Scullin – Monteverde, McAlee & Hurd
Mark W. Tanner – Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner & Weinstock
Daniel S. Weinstock – Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner & Weinstock

To qualify for admission to the Bar of the Supreme Court, an applicant must be admitted to practice in the highest court of a state, commonwealth, territory, possession or the District of Columbia for at least three years immediately before the date of the application. The candidates also must not have been the subject of any adverse disciplinary action during that time and must appear to the Court to be of good moral and professional character. Finally, applicants also need two letters of recommendation from members of the Bar of the Supreme Court who know the applicant personally but are not relatives.
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