Rudolph "Rudy" Garcia will be the Philadelphia Bar Association chancellor in 2011.
Garcia, of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, was the only candidate to submit a nominating petition by last week's deadline, so he will run unopposed in the 2009 vice chancellor election.
Daniel-Paul "Danny" Alva, of Alva & Azzarano, had been in the running, but Alva's firm confirmed last week that he isn't running after all.
Garcia said he wants to help lead the bar association because the bar association and the legal profession have been good to him. Garcia said he "basically started out with nothing" and now he has a job he enjoys and a good living.
"I consider that to be a privilege," Garcia said. "I feel like I should do what I can to help others."
His firm has been "surprisingly supportive, very supportive, even enthusiastic," Garcia said, about him taking on a leadership position that equates to a full-time job. While Garcia's clients won't have a lot of access to him for a year, his firm encouraged him to make a bid and was supportive of the mailings Garcia sent in support of his candidacy and the reception Garcia hosted at the recent bench-bar conference, Garcia said.
Garcia said he is looking forward to working with Sayde J. Ladov, who will be chancellor in 2009, and Scott F. Cooper, who will be chancellor-elect in 2009, in leading the association. "I've worked a lot with both Sayde and Scott," Garcia said. "They're both terrific people doing this for the right reasons."
Garcia said that he picked 2008 to run for chancellor because he just finished a major time commitment: his second term as chancellor of the Justinian Society. Garcia also said he worked it out with some other lawyers who are interested in running for chancellor that he would run this year and they would make bids in future years.
Garcia said he was humbled to have so many people supporting him in his leadership bid.
The election for the bar association leadership positions that are being contested will be held through mail balloting being sent out Nov. 20 and in-person voting being held at the association's Dec. 8 annual meeting.
-- Amaris Elliott-Engel, Staff Reporter