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U.S. District Court Senior Judge Norma L. Shapiro will be presented with the Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award and former Chancellor Sayde J. Ladov will receive the PNC Achievement Award at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 10.
Chancellor-Elect William P. Fedullo, of counsel to Rosen, Schafer & DiMeo LLP, will outline his plans for 2014 at the event, which begins at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Click here for tickets.
The Brennan Award recognizes a jurist who adheres to the highest ideals of judicial service and Judge Shapiro is the first federal woman judge to receive the honor. Judge Shapiro, a former Chair of the Board of Governors, was the first woman to be appointed to the federal district court in the Third Circuit when she began serving in 1978. She was just one of eight woman judges in the United States in 1978, and only the 12th woman judge in the history of the United States. She was also the first woman partner at Dechert LLP while she was in private practice.
"Judge Shapiro has served with distinction on the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for over 35 years, and she has made a profound and lasting contribution to the administration of justice in Philadelphia and the surrounding area," wrote Roberta D. Liebenberg, one of several people who nominated Judge Shapiro. "Judge Shapiro's six decades of distinguished service to the judiciary and the legal profession make her eminently well-qualified for receipt of the Brennan Award. Significantly, no female federal judge has yet received that Award, and I can think of no one more deserving than Judge Shapiro."
Ladov, a partner at Dolchin, Slotkin & Todd, P.C., served as Chancellor in 2008, just the fifth woman to serve in that office. The PNC Achievement Award (formerly known as the Fidelity Award) honors significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice.
"Sayde has enjoyed an outstanding career helping those who need the law to make them whole, always knowing that this is the meaning of professionalism," Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Anne E. Lazarus wrote in her nomination letter.
Ladov convened the first diversity summit of the Philadelphia Bar Association. In addition, she has co-chaired the Bench-Bar Conference, has been a trustee of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, and co-chaired and chaired the Andrew Hamilton Ball. She has also been active in the Pennsylvania Bar Association, both the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Associations and a director of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. She was a Chancellor of the Tau Epsilon Rho Law Society and became a founder of the Brandeis Law Society.