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CELEBRATING 170 YEARS

Editor’s Note: A 170-Year Marriage to the Legal Community
by Hank Grezlak
The Legal Intelligencer
May 28, 2013

When The Legal Intelligencer began in 1843, its immediate purpose was to be of service to the bench and bar, mostly in the form of the publishing of legal notices, abstracts of real estate to be sold to the sheriff and notices to attorneys. From the very start, the goal was to aid the legal community. And, yet, from its very modest beginning, The Legal has constantly adapted, evolved and strived to improve on what it can do. Full Text


The Legal Intelligencer: A Legacy of Getting Stronger
by Hank Grezlak
The Legal Intelligencer
May 28, 2013

In July 1993, when I joined The Legal Intelligencer, the economy was still recovering from a recession, health care and gay rights were divisive issues and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court was embroiled in controversy, as the justices were at each other’s throats and one of them was about to face criminal charges. Full Text


A Transformation of the Business of Law
by Gina Passarella
The Legal Intelligencer
May 28, 2013

Phones were ringing across the country with former law school classmates wondering if their friends’ new associate positions at white-shoe firms were in jeopardy, too. After all, entire classes of associates were let go at some firms. The recession had reared its ugly head in a place it never really went before. Full Text


Cases That Shaped Pennsylvania Jurisprudence
by Michael Riccardi
The Legal Intelligencer
May 28, 2013

In the two decades since The Legal Intelligencer marked its 150th anniversary, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has navigated the rapids of controversy – among them the criminal convictions of two justices and a botched pay raise that exacted a fearsome political toll. Full Text


Pa.’s Largest Verdicts & Settlements Trending Higher
by Zack Needles
The Legal Intelligencer
May 28, 2013

A look back at Pennsylvania’s largest verdicts and settlements over the last 19 years reveals a trend of larger awards over the past three years. The data also shows an overall average of about $34.5 million since 1994 – when The Legal Intelligencer began tracking each year’s largest verdicts and settlements – thanks in part to a few billion-dollar-plus results. Full Text

View an Interactive Chart of the Highest Verdicts of the Last 20 Years

170 Years in Photos

Arlen Specter Award Finalist John M. Cleland
by Ben Present
The Legal Intelligencer
May 28, 2013

In two of the uglier moments in recent history for the state of Pennsylvania, the Luzerne County judicial scandal and the Penn State child sex-abuse scandal, there has been a common theme: The failure to protect children rises to the level of institutional crisis and Senior Judge John M. Cleland is called in to preside. Full Text


Arlen Specter Award Finalist Marsha Levick
by Zack Needles
The Legal Intelligencer
May 28, 2013

Marsha Levick was at the forefront of the fight to expose what eventually became known nationwide as the Luzerne County “kids-for-cash” scandal. Full Text


Arlen Specter Award Finalist Joe H. Tucker Jr.
by Gina Passarella
The Legal Intelligencer
May 28, 2013

To be sure, there has been much effort and, with that, some success. But retention rates of minority associates at law firms still lag far beyond other associate groups, meaning minority leaders of firms are almost nonexistent. Full Text


The Legal‘s Lifetime Achievement Awards
by The Legal Staff
The Legal Intelligencer
May 28, 2013

As part of its 170th anniversary, The Legal for the first time awarded some of Pennsylvania’s most influential attorneys with Lifetime Achievement Awards. Each honoree was asked to provide a brief quote or anecdote about what the law has meant to them. These are there responses, paired with a few sentences from The Legal’s staff about each winner’s career accomplishments. Full Text


50 Years Since Gideon, Equal Access to Justice Still a Struggle
by Theodore McKee
The Legal Intelligencer
May 28, 2013

March 18th marked the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963), the landmark case that changed the landscape of indigent defense. In Gideon, the Supreme Court held that the Sixth Amendment requires states to provide an attorney to indigent defendants charged with a serious crime. Nine years after Gideon, in Argersinger v. Hamlin, 407 U.S. 25 (1972), the court extended the right to counsel to defendants facing a potential loss of liberty in criminal cases without regard to whether the offense was classified as a felony. Full Text


Supreme Court’s Role Has Changed, but Presence in Pa. Has Not
by Ronald Castille
The Legal Intelligencer
May 28, 2013

When The Legal Intelligencer asked me to address how Pennsylvania’s judiciary has changed over the years for the paper’s 170th anniversary, I first wondered exactly how old they think I am. More seriously, before referencing the judiciary, let me say a word about The Legal. Full Text


Progress Slow to Arrive in Minority Bar Inclusion
by Albert S. Dandridge III
The Legal Intelligencer
May 28, 2013

In 2008, in preparation for a Philadelphia Diversity Law Group symposium about the state of African-Americans in the legal profession more than 50 years ago, I contacted Lois Schmidt, the widow of Judge Harvey Schmidt, to see if she had any memorabilia from that era. Among other things, she gave me a document that is an indelible part of our history. The document is titled, “Directory of the Colored Members of the Philadelphia Bar – Compiled by Fleming Deveaux Tucker, Esq. – revised to May 15, 1970.” Full Text


Has Women Lawyers’ Progress Stalled?
by Roberta D. Liebenberg
The Legal Intelligencer
May 28, 2013

By many measures, women lawyers have made great progress over the past several decades. Increasing numbers of women lawyers are reaching the highest pinnacles of the profession. For example, women justices now make up one-third of the U.S. Supreme Court. Also, more than 30 percent of federal and state appellate judges are women. Here in Pennsylvania, women represent two-thirds of the Superior Court, more than one-half of the Commonwealth Court and almost half of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. Five of the 14 chancellors of the Philadelphia Bar Association since 2000 have been women. Full Text


Following Market Crisis, Pa. Law Schools Look to Pack More In
by Amaris Elliott-Engel
The Legal Intelligencer
May 28, 2013

When law students go to law school, they go to learn skills of advocacy, problem-solving and critical reasoning. Instead, when law schools produce 45,000 new graduates every year but there are only expected to be 25,000 legal job openings each year through 2018 — as reported by law school professor Brian Tamanaha in his book, Failing Law Schools — the lessons being learned from legal education are not just the skills key to forming responsible lawyers. There are also lessons best learned by economics PhDs: market failure and supply-and-demand. Full Text


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