August 25, 2005
20th Annual Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award to Honor Judge Theodore A. McKee and Professor Ann E. FreedmanThe Hon. Theodore A. McKee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, will be honored with the 20th Annual Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award on Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 6-9 p.m. at Rutgers University. Also at the gala event, Professor Ann E. Freedman will be honored for her role in promoting the spirit of Mary Philbrook in the Rutgers Law School community for the past 20 years.
Proceeds of the Mary Philbrook Awards Celebration support public interest lawyering at Rutgers School of Law, Camden, including The Association for Public Interest Law Student Summer Grants, The Domestic Violence Program and the Rutgers Legal Clinic.
Judge Theodore McKee was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit by President Clinton in 1994, after a decade as Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania. After two years at the law firm of Wolf, Block, Schorr & Solis-Cohen in Philadelphia, Judge McKee served as an Assistant United States Attorney, Deputy Solicitor to the Law Department of the City of Philadelphia, and General Counsel to the Philadelphia Parking Authority. As a government attorney, Judge McKee investigated police brutality and prosecuted Philadelphia detectives for civil rights violations. His deep commitment to social justice continues to find expression in his judicial and public interest work. He serves on the board of directors of several non profit organizations, including Fox Chase Cancer Center, Temple University, and City Year Greater Philadelphia. Judge McKee has also served on the boards of the Crime Prevention Association and Concerned Black Men, both of which help direct urban youth away from crime, New Directions for Women, which provides female offenders with drug rehabilitation, education, and job counseling, and the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation. Judge McKee taught trial advocacy at Rutgers University School of Law in Camden from 1980 to 1991.
Professor Ann E. Freedman, having envisioned the Mary Philbrook Award and Celebration in 1986, has galvanized the law school community to acknowledge leaders in the public interest arena, promote the spirit of Mary Philbrook and raise the profile of public interest work, epitomizing the values to which this award is dedicated.