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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor will be on hand when the award named in her honor is presented to Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Anne E. Lazarus at the June 12 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon. U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Marjorie O. Rendell, a previous recipient of the O'Connor Award, will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the event.
"We are thrilled that Justice O'Connor, the first woman to sit on our nation's high court, will be on hand for the 20th anniversary presentation of the award named in her honor," said Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson.
The 2013 O'Connor Award recipient, Judge Lazarus, was elected to Superior Court in 2009 and served as a judge on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas from 1991 to 2009. She also served as legal counsel to the Philadelphia Orphans Court before being voted onto the bench and practiced in the estates department at Ballard Spahr LLP.
The O'Connor Award is conferred annually on a woman attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments and has furthered the advancement of women in both the profession and the community.
Judge Rendell, recipient of the 2004 Sandra Day O'Connor Award, began her legal career at Duane, Morris & Heckscher, where she became the firm's second woman partner. She was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in 1994 and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1997.
The Association will also honor the newest members of the Year Clubs, attorneys who have been in practice for 50 years or more.
The June 12 Quarterly Meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Purchase tickets at philadelphiabar.org.
The June Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon is sponsored by PNC Wealth Management.