As part of The Legal’s 170th anniversary, for which we will publish a special magazine later this year, we will be presenting the first Arlen Specter Award. The award was designed to honor his legacy and recognize an attorney or judge who in the past 10 years has done the most to impact the law, the legal profession or the cause of justice in Pennsylvania.
A judging panel composed of esteemed members of the Pennsylvania legal community and some of The Legal’s editorial staff narrowed down the nominees to three finalists and have selected one winner from those three. We will invite all three to be honored at our 170th Anniversary Dinner on June 27 and will announce the winner that night. The identity of the winner will be kept secret until then.
We had intentionally broad criteria for the Arlen Specter Award. We wanted it to go to a living individual who is a practicing lawyer or judge and had a big impact during the past 10 years. In our mind, the award could go to a trial lawyer who has won big cases or a judge who has reshaped an area of law, or a managing partner or GC who has revolutionized the business of law in Pennsylvania. It could go to someone with a lifetime of experience or someone without much experience, as long as the person had a big impact in the past decade.
In coming up with our three finalists chosen by our judging panel this year, we asked for input from members of the legal community, reviewed our archives and discussed dozens of the most impactful attorneys on the shape of the legal profession in Pennsylvania over the past 10 years. The list of names initially considered for the award was a long one, and as with any such honor, there were several deserving attorneys we had to leave off in an effort to select three finalists. These three finalists have each made an imprint on the Pennsylvania legal landscape in their own ways. Each is a distinguished member of the legal community whose work in the past decade demonstrates the high standards to which Pennsylvania attorneys are held.
The finalists for the 2013 Arlen Specter Award are:
- Senior Judge John M. Cleland, Superior Court and McKean County Court of Common Pleas
- Marsha Levick, Juvenile Law Center
- Joe H. Tucker Jr., Tucker Law Group
Profiles of each finalist and the work they did to merit consideration for this award will be included in the anniversary magazine to be published on May 28.