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May 09, 2012

Statement of Chancellor John E. Savoth on the Passing of Hon. Louis H. Pollak

Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor John E. Savoth issued the following statement on May 9 regarding the passing of Senior Judge Louis H. Pollak of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania:

"Judge Pollak had a tremendous influence on the quality of justice in the Eastern District. He distinguished himself in several legal careers -- as a judge, a lawyer, a law school professor and dean. But most of all, he was beloved by lawyers and judges alike for his brilliance, independence and fairness, as well as his graciousness."

The Chancellor noted that Judge Pollak was honored with the Philadelphia Bar Association's William J. Brennan Distinguished Jurist Award in 2003, which recognizes a jurist who adheres to the highest ideals of judicial service, and who has made a significant, positive impact on the quality or administration of justice in Philadelphia.

Prior to joining the bench, Judge Pollak was associated, first as a volunteer lawyer and later as a board member and vice president, with the N.A.A.C.P. Legal Defense Fund. He was among those who assisted Thurgood Marshall and his fellow Legal Defense Fund attorneys in drafting the briefs in the several school segregation cases culminating in Brown v. Board of Education.

"On behalf of the entire legal community, we extend our condolences to Judge Pollak's family at this difficult time," Savoth said. "We do this gratefully with the knowledge that they and we are sustained by the warm and shining memory of this great man."

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