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June 11, 2013

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor to Mark 20th Anniversary Presentation of Philadelphia Bar Association's O'Connor Award

Justice Sandra Day O'ConnorU.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (Ret.) will offer remarks on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary presentation of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Sandra Day O'Connor Award at the Association's June Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Wednesday, June 12 at 12:00 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut Streets, in Philadelphia.

The Sandra Day O'Connor Award is conferred annually on a woman attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments and has furthered the advancement of women in both the profession and the community. The Association's Women in the Profession Committee established the award in 1993 to recognize the important contributions that women attorneys in Philadelphia have made to the legal profession. That year, Justice O'Connor presented the first award to U.S. District Court Senior Judge Norma L. Shapiro. At the June 12 Luncheon, the 2013 Sandra Day O'Connor Award will be presented to Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Anne E. Lazarus.

Justice O'Connor will be introduced by Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson, only the sixth woman to serve as Chancellor of the 211-year-old Association -- the oldest association of lawyers in the United States.

Following the first presentation of the Sandra Day O'Connor Award to Judge Shapiro in 1993, the award has since been presented to the late Juanita Kidd Stout, former justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court; Deborah R. Willig, first woman Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association; Professor Marina Angel, of the Temple University Beasley School of Law faculty; Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Dolores K. Sloviter (former Chief Judge); Judge Anita B. Brody of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; Leslie Anne Miller, first woman president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association; Lila G. Roomberg, first woman partner at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP; the late Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Judith J. Jamison; Ellen T. Greenlee, chief defender of the Defender Association of Philadelphia; former Chancellor Audrey C. Talley; Judge Marjorie O. Rendell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; former Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Phyllis W. Beck; Roberta D. Pichini of Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner, Weinstock & Dodig; Lynn A. Marks, executive director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts; Roberta D. Liebenberg of Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C.; JoAnne Epps, dean of Temple University Beasley School of Law; Stephanie Resnick of Fox Rothschild LLP; Judge Cynthia M. Rufe of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; and Former Chancellor Jane Leslie Dalton.

Also at the Luncheon, Judge Marjorie O. Rendell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit will deliver the annual A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture. The Lecture honors the memory and legacy of Judge Higginbotham, the first African American to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, who also served as Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

A legal and civics giant and scholar, he was a life-long champion of individual rights, with a career that spanned nearly half a century.

Also at the Luncheon, attorney Herbert Brener will be the sole inductee into the Association's 70-Year Club, in recognition of 70 years of practicing law. Attorneys and judges who have practiced law for 50 and 60 years will also be honored at the event. A response on behalf of the 50-Year Club will be offered by Lila G. Roomberg.

The June Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon is sponsored by PNC Wealth Management.

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