March 7, 2014 |
Bernard J. Goodheart, 83, of East Falls, the judge who played Cupid to hundreds of couples by marrying them in his City Hall courtroom on Valentine's Day, died Tuesday, March 4, of cancer at his home. Judge Goodheart became famous for the tradition he started quite by accident soon after taking the Common Pleas Court bench. On Feb. 14, 1977, a confused couple wandered into his courtroom asking for a judge to help them tie the knot. His tipstaff turned them away; the judge was busy with a jury trial.
March 6, 2014 |
George E. Moore, 67, of Northern Liberties, longtime legal counsel for Temple University, died Sunday, March 2, of cancer at his home. Mr. Moore had been Temple's attorney since 1989 and secretary to the school's board of trustees since 1992. He was appointed senior vice president in 2007. Mr. Moore oversaw all of the legal affairs of the university and its subsidiaries. He advised officials on corporate governance, policy development, employment, and labor issues. "Simply put, George's dedication to Temple was without equal.
March 2, 2014 |
Judith Goldstein Joseph, 70, a former Philadelphia lawyer who worked to help victims of domestic abuse, died Friday, Feb. 21, from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at her home in North Hero, Vt. The Philadelphia native was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She earned a master's degree in library science from Drexel University and a law degree from Rutgers School of Law. She worked as a librarian at the Library of Congress and then La Salle University. After graduating from law school, she joined her husband, lawyer Ben W. Joseph, in private practice in Philadelphia.
February 21, 2014 |
CAMDEN Wendell Pritchett, the outgoing chancellor of Rutgers-Camden, will join the University of Pennsylvania Law School on July 1, Penn announced Wednesday morning. He previously had said he planned to take a one-year sabbatical and turn to teaching full-time at Rutgers-Camden. Pritchett, 49, steps down as chancellor at the end of June. The new position will be familiar to him. Pritchett, who holds a Ph.D. degree in history from Penn, taught at the law school from 2001 to 2009. He was an associate dean between 2006 and 2008.
February 7, 2014 |
A Philadelphia-based partner at the law firm Dechert L.L.P. became the Obama administration's latest nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Wednesday. If confirmed by the Senate, Cheryl Ann Krause, 46, will fill one of two vacancies on the court, which hears appeals from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. "Cheryl Ann Krause has displayed exceptional dedication to the legal profession through her work, and I am honored to nominate her," President Obama said in a statement.
February 6, 2014 |
Michael A. Fitts, dean of the University of Pennsylvania law school since 2000, has been named president of Tulane University in New Orleans and will take over there July 1. Penn made the announcement late Tuesday afternoon, praising Fitts' leadership of the law school during a time of significant academic change. "Mike Fitts is an inspired choice to become the next president of Tulane University," Penn president Amy Gutmann said. "He is a skilled and strategic leader whose vision has propelled Penn Law to ever greater heights.
February 4, 2014 |
SOME GRANDFATHERS build tree houses. Samantha Brown's grandfather built her family a fortress. Growing up in her grandparents' home in the low-rise section of the Norman Blumberg Apartments projects in North Philadelphia, Brown watched her relatives do all they could to protect her from the drug dealers and violence that plagued the area. For her grandfather, that meant building an enclosure around the front porch so the family could exist there in peace. "He wanted us to be able to just sit on the porch and not worry about any nonsense," Brown said.
January 30, 2014 |
Allen J. Beckman, 70, of Philadelphia, a personal injury lawyer and adviser to Pennsylvania politicians for many years, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, of heart failure at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. Mr. Beckman was campaign manager, finance chairman, Election Day coordinator, and adviser to candidates for federal, state, and local office. Those included former Mayor William J. Green III, former Mayor and Gov. Ed Rendell, City Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco, and the late U.S. Rep. William H. Gray III. An expert in maritime and medical malpractice law, Mr. Beckman worked for 35 years from Center City.
December 25, 2013 |
D. Donald Jamieson, 87, a Philadelphia lawyer who worked to reform the court system and rose to become president judge of the Court of Common Pleas, died Sunday, Dec. 15, of natural causes at his home in DeLand, Fla. In addition to serving as a judge, Judge Jamieson also was an active civic leader who served as a board member for numerous charitable organizations, and was a mentor to politicians such as Gov. Ed Rendell and Sen. Arlen Specter....
December 22, 2013 |
Henry Burk FitzPatrick Jr., 83, of Haverford, a lawyer, died Monday, Dec. 16, at Kindred Hospital Philadelphia-Havertown of complications resulting from an Oct. 29 auto accident in Delaware County. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. FitzPatrick graduated from Cranwell Preparatory School in Lenox, Mass., in 1947. He received his bachelor of science degree in economics from what is now Villanova University in 1951. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army in July 1952. An honorable discharge came in 1955.