IN MEMORIAM: MICHAEL K. SMITH, ESQ.
(1963 - 1995)
WHEREAS, Michael K. Smith, Esq. served the Philadelphia Bar Association with distinction as a member of its Young Lawyers Division (YLD), where he had been elected to the Executive Committee, and formerly held the offices of Financial Secretary in 1992-93 and Treasurer during the years 1993-94;
WHEREAS, as an associate with the Philadelphia firm of Kittredge, Donley, Elson, Fullem & Embick, and prior to that while associated with the law firm of White &Williams, Michael K. Smith excelled in the practice of law as a commercial and casualty insurance litigator; he graduated from University of Virginia School of Law in1989 and was thereafter admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar Association; he was also a member of the American Bar Association, National Bar Association and Barristers Association of Philadelphia;
WHEREAS, Michael K. Smith represented Philadelphia lawyers with great pride in his professional, charitable and civic endeavors and served his Philadelphia community faithfully. Michael served on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Bar Association Volunteers for the Indigent Program (VIP) and the Homeless Advocacy Project and was engaged in fundraising for numerous charities and causes including the American Diabetes Society, American Cancer Society and the Urban League; he was also a frequent visitor to Philadelphia classrooms, serving as a role model and counselor to students of all ages and, for many years, chaired the YLD's Oratorical Contest; in recognition of his invaluable contributions to the Philadelphia community and the Bar, the Philadelphia Bar Association has since renamed its contest the "Michael K. Smith Oratorical Contest";
WHEREAS, Michael K. Smith was instrumental in establishing the Philadelphia Bar Association's Cultural Awareness Project - a project which involves lawyers facilitating candid discussions with and between school students on the legal and social implications of racial, ethnic and cultural diversity, gender bias and bias-motivated violence and intimidation;
WHEREAS, Michael K. Smith was known to all as a lawyer zealously committed to the ethical practice of law and who generously gave his time, talent and energy to worthy professional, charitable, public interest and pro bono causes; Michael's wonderful sense of humor, unifying presence, playfully gregarious nature and his truly unique and remarkable ability to relate to individuals of all ages and from all walks of life, will be remembered fondly by those of us who had the true privilege of knowing him;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Philadelphia Bar Association adopt this memorial resolution on this 23rd day of May, 1996, in recognition of the character, contributions, standards and achievements of Michael K. Smith, and extends its heartfelt condolences to Cornelius and Ethel Smith, their son, Anthony C. Smith, and their daughter, Antoinette Cheryl Smith, on the passing of a beloved and respected colleague, devoted family member, and faithful friend.
PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
ADOPTED: May 23, 1996