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September 05, 2017

Chancellor Deborah R. Gross on the Passing of Chancellor Harold Cramer

Deborah R. Gross, Chancellor of the 12,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association, today issued the following statement on the passing of former Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Harold Cramer:

“We lost a legendary leader with the passing of Harold Cramer. His distinguished service and countless contributions to the communities in which he worked, lived, worshipped and served benefitted many.

“In 1972, Mr. Cramer served as Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, during a time when Richard Nixon served as President of the U.S. and Frank Rizzo served as Mayor of Philadelphia.

“Under his leadership, a program was created in partnership with the Office of the District Attorney and the Defender Association of Philadelphia to reduce court backlogs on major criminal cases. Mr. Cramer also worked to raise the salaries of judges in Municipal Court and Court of Common Pleas.

“A recipient of the Philadelphia Bar Medal, the highest honor we bestow to an individual, Mr. Cramer was recognized for his extraordinary service to the community.

“In addition to his countless contributions to and leadership of the Philadelphia Bar Association, Mr. Cramer also was a trustee and past president of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

“Furthermore, Mr. Cramer was a dedicated member and past president of the Board of Directors of the Jenkins Law Library, having served for more than 40 years in various positions, most recently including treasurer and president emeritus.

“Mr. Cramer was a retired partner at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP.

“Those who had the pleasure of working with Mr. Cramer remember his dedication, commitment, intellect, wisdom and energy, all of which he not only used to benefit our profession, but also the community-at-large.”

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