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May 18, 2016

William G. Bowen to Deliver Higginbotham Lecture June 22; Judge Dembe to Accept O'Connor Award

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William G. Bowen Ph.D., president emeritus of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and former president of Princeton University, will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Philadelphia Bar Association's June Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Wednesday, June 22 at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Judge Legrome D. Davis of the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District for Pennsylvania will make special remarks to introduce Bowen.

At the Mellon Foundation, Bowen created an in-house research program to investigate doctoral education, collegiate admissions, independent research libraries and charitable nonprofits. Author and co-author of books including "The Shape of the River: Long-Term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions," Bowen has received honorary degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, Morehouse College and many more. In 2013, he received the 2012 Presidential Medal for the Humanities.

Judge Dembe has served as a mentor and role model to many aspiring woman attorneys. She is a Past President of the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges, the Brehon Law Society, Conference of Metropolitan Courts, Temple American Inn of Court and the Friends of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Additionally she serves as the chairwoman of the Free Library of Philadelphia Board of Trustees. Judge Dembe was elected to the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in 1989 after a decade-long career in general practice representing a diverse client base in state and Federal Court on the trial and appellate levels. She was elected to President Judge of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in 2008 and held this position until 2013.

The Sandra Day O'Connor Award is presented to 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.

New members of the Association's 50-, 60-, 65-, 70- and 75-Year Clubs will also be honored at the event. The Year Clubs recognize attorneys who have been practicing law for 50 years or more. Click here to purchase tickets.

The June 22 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon is sponsored by PNC Wealth Management.

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