November 30, 2018
Chancellor Mary F. Platt on the Passing of Former Chancellor Seymour Kurland
Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Mary F. Platt issued the following statement today on the passing of Former Chancellor Seymour Kurland:
"Seymour ('Sy') Kurland was a distinguished leader in our legal community and a powerful advocate in the field of class actions and complex commercial litigation who won many notable cases. He was a cherished and respected mentor and friend to many attorneys who looked to him for practical advice and guidance. His sense of adventure and good humor inspired scores of lawyers to enjoy the practice of law and focus on serving the needs of their clients.
"After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Sy started practicing at Wolf, Block, Schorr & Solis-Cohen where he became a partner and chair of the firm’s litigation department. Sy left the firm to become the city solicitor for the City of Philadelphia from 1988-1990 and then worked as a partner at Dechert LLP until his retirement from practice in 1998.
"Sy served as the 60th Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 1987 and was a member of the Association’s Board of Governors from 1978-1980. He founded and served as chair of the University of Pennsylvania Law School American Inn of Court, and served as president of the Historical Society for the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
"Known for his adventurous spirit, Sy climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, explored Machu Picchu in the Andes and ran with the bulls in Pamplona. He was editor-in-chief of The Shingle (now known as The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine) from 1978-1979, and a frequent contributor of unique, well-written articles in the magazine. Sy was beloved by his fellow editors and remains one of the most revered members of The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine’s editorial board to this day.
"On behalf of the members of the Philadelphia Bar Association, I extend to Sy’s family our heartfelt sympathy and condolences on the passing of Sy, who was a beloved colleague in our legal community."