IN MEMORIAM: IRVIN STANDER
Extending condolences and appreciation from the
Board of Governors and Workers’ Compensation Section
of the Philadelphia Bar Association
on the death of Irvin Stander, active member of the
Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Bar Associations,
respected teacher and distinguished public servant
WHEREAS, Irvin Stander was born in December 1906 in New York City;
WHEREAS, despite having been born a New Yorker, Irvin Stander’s family relocated to Philadelphia while he was a child and Mr. Stander attended Philadelphia public schools, distinguishing himself as captain of the South Philadelphia High School Soccer Team and being named to the All-City soccer team;
WHEREAS, upon graduation from South Philadelphia High School, Mr. Stander attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his B.S. in Education and subsequently earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School;
WHEREAS, Mr. Stander made good use of his law degree, serving throughout his career in various governmental positions, including service as Special Assistant Attorney General, Administrator of Philadelphia City Council’s Zoning Committee, Deputy Attorney General, member of the Mayor’s Zoning Advisory Committee, and numerous other governmental and political positions;
WHEREAS, unlike many of his peers, Mr. Stander did not retire from the practice of law at age 65 but instead embarked on a different course, becoming expert in the relatively new area of workers’ compensation law;
WHEREAS, to no one’s surprise, Mr. Stander quickly mastered his new field, becoming first a referee for the state Workmen’s Compensation Board and later serving as chair of the Philadelphia District Workers’ Compensation referees;
WHEREAS, Mr. Stander was a prolific author whose best-known works include "Guide to Penna. Workers’ Comp." 2d series (1984, Packard Press) and "Workers’ Compensation Handbook" (1975, 1976, 1978 and 1980 editions);
WHEREAS, Mr. Stander is beloved among Philadelphia lawyers, particularly those practicing in the area of workers’ compensation law, for his willingness to teach and instruct even the most inexperienced practitioner, for his willingness to share his own knowledge and experience with junior members of the bar, and for his clear analysis of complex legal issues;
WHEREAS, then Senior Commonwealth Court Judge Alexander Barbieri wrote of Stander,
... In his writings can be found excellent, readable essays on just about every possible subject which might be encountered by, or be of interest to, those who practice or otherwise serve in this field [of workers’ compensation]. His writings run the gamut from exposing pitfalls and shortcomings in the legal structure; how to present a case or manage a defense in every form of claim with which the practitioner may have to deal; as well as how, and how much certain legal services can or should be compensated. In addition to his revelations of pitfalls for trial lawyers, he notes what is good, and what is not so good about the lawyers who practice in this field.
Referee Stander has no "ax to grind." His role is to serve in this highly specialized medico-legal science, those who will profit by his deep experience and expertise, and thereby to enhance the quality and effectiveness of the profession involved.
WHEREAS, his work and the goals it served - enhancing the "quality and effectiveness of the profession" - are consistent with the highest aspirations of the Philadelphia Bar Association, making Mr. Stander an outstanding example of the Philadelphia Lawyer;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Governors and the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association acknowledge the many contributions made by Mr. Stander to the Philadelphia legal community in general and to workers’ compensation practitioners in particular;
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution be presented to Mr. Stander’s family in recognition of his life and works, which in the true tradition of the Philadelphia Lawyer, distinguished Mr. Stander from his peers and set him apart as an example to those who follow.
PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
ADOPTED: December 17, 1998