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January 26, 2007

Senior Lawyers to Provide Emergency Law Practice Assistance

Emergency assistance to solve practice issues is now available to disabled senior attorneys or the families of deceased attorneys from the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Senior Lawyers Professional & Public Service Committee. The service was established by the Association’s Board of Governors in a resolution adopted Jan. 23 by unanimous vote.

“Anyone in need of assistance to handle an emergency in a practice to the wind down of a practice is eligible,” said Louis W. Fryman, chair of the committee and chair emeritus at Fox Rothschild LLP. “A widow of a single practitioner, a partner burdened with his own files, or an attorney who is disabled either for the short or long term. This can be to just contact clients or the court about the problem, to review files or to just put the house in order.”

Parties needing the Committee’s help can call a special hotline at the Bar Association at 215-238-6391.

Fryman sees the service as a benefit primarily to solo practitioners and small firms.

“In a major firm they are able to have someone step in to pick up with the work,” Fryman said. “But for a single practitioner or in a small office, it becomes a different situation. It is a problem for the family or the partners.” Fryman’s committee has more than two dozen attorneys who have volunteered to assist those in need. Fryman, with assistance from former Association Chancellor Edward F. Chacker, will review the requests and assign an attorney with the appropriate experience. If necessary, an attorney will be recruited to fill special requests.

The Senior Lawyers Professional & Public Service Committee, re-established in 2006 under Chancellor Alan M. Feldman, sought ideas for initiatives from its membership.

“We have a significant number of senior attorneys with the time, experience and expertise,” Fryman said. “We were looking for ideas on what we could do with all those skills and talent.”

The mission of the Senior Lawyers Professional & Public Service Committee is to:

  • Provide assistance and service to the courts, the Bar Association and the public, while finding useful outlets for the wisdom and experience of senior members of the Philadelphia Bar.
  • Provide assistance to senior lawyers, their clients and families in dealing with issues such as retirement, illness or death.
  • Provide opportunities for comradery and exchange of views among senior members of the Philadelphia Bar.

To see the full text of the Resolution, click here.

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