RESOLUTION OF THE PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
RECOGNIZING THE PENNSYLVANIA BAR INSTITUTE FOR
ITS SUPPORT OF PUBLIC INTEREST LEGAL EDUCATION
AND CONGRATULATING THE PBI FOR ITS RECEIPT OF THE
"AWARD OF PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE"

WHEREAS, the Philadelphia Bar Association has a strong tradition of leadership in promoting greater awareness and understanding in the legal community, and among the general public, of legal issues affecting the general welfare and the public interest;

WHEREAS, the Philadelphia Bar Association's commitment to the general welfare has included providing appropriate support services to lawyers who dedicate all or a portion of their time and talen to rendering legal services to the poor, the disabled and other disadvantaged populations in the Philadelphia metropolitan area;

WHEREAS, in furtherance of its goal of advancing the professional stature and competence of all of its members, including lawyers who practice pro bono and public interest law, in all substantive areas of the law, the Philadelphia Bar Association developed the Philadelphia Bar Education Center (PBEC), now merged with the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI);

WHEREAS, the Philadelphia Bar Association's support for pro bono and public interest legal practice has included taking a leading role in developing continuing legal education (CLE) programming in the public interest;

WHEREAS, the Philadelphia Bar Association's support for public interest CLE programs has been championed and pursued through the leadership and dedication of PBI Executive Director Roger Meilton and the PBI's senior officer in Philadelphia, Associate Director Karen S. Darby;

WHEREAS, the Philadelphia Bar Associaiton has recently learned that the PBI was presented in August, 1999, with the "Award of Professional Excellence" for its activities on behalf of the public interest by the Association for Continuing Legal Education, an international organization with more than 130 members;

WHEREAS, the PBI is one of only two continuing legal education providers to receive this award, which is the highest honor conveyed by the Associaiton for Continuing Legal Education in the United States and elsewhere;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED , that the Philadelphia Bar Association hereby congratulates the Pennsylvania Bar Institute for its receipt of the Award of Professional Excellence, and further expresses its gratitude and appreciation to the Pennsylvania Bar Institute for its unsurpassed dedication to providing outstanding CLE programming in the public interest.

PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
ADOPTED: February 24, 2000