April 3, 2014
ERIC EPSTEIN and Gene Stilp fight the powers that be. Have for decades. They're loathed and cursed by those who thrive in Pennsylvania's political culture, reason enough to value their efforts. But they also share a commitment to citizen action in a world increasingly disconnected. These days, as elected leaders sit on their hands on any number of issues, such commitment is worth noting. "If you look at the Legislature like an ocean liner," says Stilp, "Eric and I are like tugboats trying to push the bow in the right direction.
March 14, 2014 |
After Mary Pat Christie presented the award, once cameras stopped flashing and the crowd dispersed, Jodina Hicks - the latest "New Jersey Hero" - finally got to see the person who she says saved her life. Carter, age 4, ran up to his mother with flowers and a wide smile. "He was a big part of giving me something to really get up for," Hicks said Wednesday. My job "absolutely was, too, but on a very personal level, he was really what I needed, and me for him, too. " Hicks, executive director of Urban Promise, an award-winning youth services powerhouse in Camden with two private schools, after-school programs, and leadership, job-training, scholarship, and mentoring initiatives, became the 26th recipient of the New Jersey Heroes award and the first from Camden County.
March 8, 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.