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Lauren McKenna Philadelphia Bar Association chancellor Lauren McKenna. Courtesy photo

In recent days, the concept of what it means to be a Philadelphia lawyer has received national attention. This proud term has been used in a manner that does not describe the profession I know. As chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, which represents and supports the interests of its 11,000 members, I want to set the record straight on what it means to be part of this city’s outstanding community of lawyers.

Historically, the term Philadelphia lawyer represented excellence, high professional standards and respect for the judiciary, witnesses and opposing counsel. It calls to mind the unwavering commitment of thousands of lawyers in our city who serve their clients’ needs every day with thoroughness and tremendous pride and conviction, no matter how difficult the circumstances.

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