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Philadelphia Bar Association Introduces Incoming Chancellor Scott F. Cooper, Announces Annual Election Results and Holds Balloting for YLD Executive Committee Seats
On Dec. 8, the Philadelphia Bar Association greeted its 83rd Chancellor at its Annual Meeting and Luncheon and held its Annual Election of Bar officers and members of the Board of Governors.
Current Chancellor Sayde Joy Ladov introduced incoming Chancellor Scott F. Cooper, whose term officially begins on January 1, 2010. Cooper delivered his inaugural address at this event.
At age 44, Scott F. Cooper will become one of the youngest chancellors in the history of the Philadelphia Bar Association. A partner in Blank Rome LLP’s Labor, Employment and Benefits Practice Group, Cooper is accustomed to the fast track. He made partner within five years at age 33. The Legal Intelligencer has recognized him as a “Lawyer on the Fast Track” and the Philadelphia Business Journal named him one of the city’s “Top 40 under 40” in 2004.
As a law student at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, he was a triple threat: managing editor of the law review, a member of the National Trial Team and on the Moot Court Honor Society. He was also a judicial intern for the Hon. Dolores K. Sloviter, Hon. Clarence Newcomer and Hon. Marvin Halbert.
Cooper is also the first person in more than 35 years to serve as Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association while living in New Jersey.
During the Dec. 8 program, the Philadelphia Bar Association also recognized the Hon. Annette M. Rizzo of the Court of Common Pleas as the recipient of the 2009 Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award, and Joseph A. Sullivan, special counsel and director of Pro Bono Programs at Pepper Hamilton LLP, as the recipient of the 2009 Wachovia Fidelity Award.
In addition, André A. Dennis, a partner at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP, received the second annual Chancellor’s Diversity Award. Dennis was the first African American to serve as Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 1993.
There being no opposition for the following offices, a unanimous ballot was cast for these individuals who were elected to the offices as noted: Vice Chancellor, John Savoth; Secretary, Kathleen D. Wilkinson; Assistant Secretary, Sophia Lee; Treasurer, Joseph A. Prim Jr.; and Assistant Treasurer, Wesley R. Payne.
There being no opposition, a unanimous ballot was also be cast for the following candidates for Board of Governors: Brandi Brice, Kimberly Ruch-Alegant, Scott P. Sigman, Stacy A. Tees and H. Marc Tepper.
Balloting was held for candidates seeking seats on the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee. Ten candidates ran for seven seats on the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee, with the following seven winning: Alexandra Antoniou, Rachel E. Branson, Roxane Crowley, Ryan G. Gatto, Joseph P. Guzzardo, Paul W. Kaufman and Matthew G. Laver.
Founded in 1802, the nearly 13,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association is America’s first chartered metropolitan bar association and the largest local bar association in Pennsylvania.
Attorneys look to the Philadelphia Bar Association for guidance on controversial legal issues and as an organized meeting ground for professional support and information sharing. The Philadelphia Bar Association also provides help and general information on legal issues to members of the public.