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Statement of Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson on the Passing of Former Ballard Spahr LLP Chairman Arthur Makadon
“Philadelphia has lost a true legend of the legal community,” said Kathleen D. Wilkinson, Chancellor of the 13,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association.
“Arthur Makadon was a pillar of the Bar and a highly respected litigator with a tremendous intellect. He had an enduring devotion to the law and a willingness to help all. He will be greatly missed,” Chancellor Wilkinson said.
In an interview last year with the Philadelphia Bar Association’s membership magazine, The Philadelphia Lawyer, regarding his law firm’s annual scholarship given to a student interested in a career in the law, Makadon said, “we get more than we give.” He added that he was “looking forward to the day” when the firm hired its first graduate from its adoptive school, Constitution High School.
With Makadon’s help, the partnership has grown to also include a formal mentoring program, job shadowing, a mock trial team, paid internships, and dozens of community service projects. Several members of the firm also assist with curriculum development or serve on the school’s advisory board.