January 21, 2016 |
When Iveliz Crespo was a child growing up in East Camden, many of her neighbors were undocumented immigrants who faced discrimination. Some struggled with learning English or had bosses who cheated them out of earnings because they believed undocumented workers wouldn't report problems. Those stories inspired Crespo, who was raised by a single mother who came to New Jersey from Puerto Rico as a young adult. She decided early on that she wanted to help people like the immigrants in her Cramer Hill neighborhood.
December 28, 2015 |
Brandon McIlwain drew national attention even before his high school career. As an eighth-grader at Newtown Middle School, he threw a football 56 yards. "He's going to be a good one down the line," Council Rock North coach Adam Collachi said at the time. That turned out to be quite an understatement. As a four-year starter for the Indians, the incredibly dynamic quarterback accounted for 10,427 yards and 124 touchdowns on offense. Quick-footed, elusive, and poised, McIlwain threw for 6,545 yards and 54 TDs. He also rushed for 3,882 yards and 70 touchdowns.
December 24, 2015 |
Arlin M. Adams, 94, of Elkins Park, a former judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and a leading figure in the Philadelphia legal community for much of his life, died at his home early Tuesday. During many decades as a respected federal appellate judge, litigator, and, at times, political operative, Judge Adams was frequently in close contact with state and national leaders. Three presidents considered nominating him for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. For a time in the late 1960s, Judge Adams was a political ally of President Richard M. Nixon, who put him on a short list for the Supreme Court, a seat that eventually went to now-retired Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist.
December 23, 2015 |
Aimee Belgard, a rarity as a Democrat who served on the Republican-dominated Burlington County Freeholder Board, has been sworn in as a state Superior Court judge. She was assigned to handle small claims and landlord-tenant cases in Mount Holly beginning Tuesday. Belgard, who was a trial lawyer for 14 years, lost her bid for reelection to a second three-year term on the board in a close race last month. Last year, she ran for a congressional seat in a hotly contested race to represent South Jersey's Third District.
December 12, 2015 |
Jay Michael Starr, 68, of Merion, a lawyer, financier, teacher, and artist, died Sunday, Dec. 6, of complications from cancer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Starr was one of a handful of "Renaissance men in an age of the specialist," his close friend Michael E. Ussery said. Ussery is a former U.S. ambassador to Morocco. Mr. Starr was born in Quincy, Mass., the son of Irving Starr, one of the nation's longest-serving university deans, and Irene Godgart, a travel agent and artist.
October 24, 2015 |
By all accounts, Theodore Milton Selden was headed for greatness. He graduated first in his class from the historically black Lincoln University and summa cum laude from Dartmouth College, earning two bachelor's degrees and admission to the exclusive Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Selden enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and was among the first African Americans to attend the prestigious school. Then came the July day in 1922 that ended everything. The 23-year-old, who had been working as a Pullman porter while attending school, was aboard a midnight train from Philadelphia to Atlantic City that derailed about halfway.
October 23, 2015 |
Owen A. Knopping, 75, of Bryn Mawr, a tax lawyer in Philadelphia for 45 years, died Tuesday, Oct. 20, of pancreatic cancer at home. Mr. Knopping was a partner in the Philadelphia law firm of Fox Rothschild, where he served as cochair of the federal tax controversy and litigation practice group. He represented clients in civil and criminal cases before the IRS, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the City of Philadelphia, and other taxation bodies. Roy Neff, a friend of 30 years, said Mr. Knopping had the perfect temperament for such work: He was smart and gentle, and could make friends with anyone - even IRS auditors.
August 15, 2015 |
In some circles, Washington law professor Edgar S. Cahn, 80, is a social justice icon and poverty law pioneer whose many accomplishments changed the legal landscape. "The people who know him think he's a saint, but far too few people know him," said Martin Friedman, executive director of EducationWorks. Friedman and his local nonprofit, which runs after-school and social-justice programs in Philadelphia, Chester, and Camden, wants to change that. It hopes to increase Cahn's public profile in the region by awarding him EducationWorks' inaugural Social Justice Award at the National Constitution Center gala on Sept.
August 7, 2015 |
IT SEEMED as if Richard Johnson was always looking after society's underdogs. As a criminal-defense lawyer, his concern for his clients extended well beyond the courtroom. "He wanted to encourage his clients to turn their lives around," said his daughter, Diahnne. "He tried to show them there was a better way to live. " And when Richard worked for the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, one of his jobs was to make sure minority workers got a fair shake. Richard Ernest Johnson, who opened his own law office in Center City in the mid-'70s, a history and news junkie who devoured newspapers and magazines and kept up with TV news shows, and a devoted family patriarch, died of heart failure July 31. He was 89 and lived in Center City.