IN MEMORIAM: SEYMOUR KURLAND

WHEREAS, Seymour “Sy” Kurland, a native Philadelphian, earned a B.A. from Temple University and a law degree at the top of his class from the University of Pennsylvania Law School; and

WHEREAS, upon graduating from law school, Sy Kurland joined the law firm of Wolf Block Schorr and Solis-Cohen, rising from associate to partner, ultimately chairing the litigation department; and

WHEREAS, Sy Kurland revolutionized antitrust law as lead counsel in several important national cases and helped write Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which governs class-action lawsuits; and

WHEREAS, in the late 1970s, while engaged in a busy law practice, Sy Kurland served as editor-in-chief of The Shingle, now The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine; and

WHEREAS, Sy Kurland served in various leadership capacities at the Philadelphia Bar Association, including as Chancellor in 1987; and

WHEREAS, while serving as Chancellor, Sy Kurland demonstrated courage of leadership in publicly admonishing members of the Philadelphia judiciary who accepted bribes from leaders of Roofers Union Local 30 – 30B, in an incident known as the Roofer’s Scandal; and

WHEREAS, following his service as Chancellor, Sy Kurland was called on by then Mayor Wilson Goode to serve as City Solicitor, where he set an exceptional standard for ethics in government; and

WHEREAS, Sy Kurland then joined Dechert LLC, where he was partner until his retirement in 1999; and

WHEREAS, Sy Kurland was a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, founded and served as chair of the University of Pennsylvania Law School American Inn of Court, and was a founding member of the Historical Society of the United States Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; and

WHEREAS, a lifelong learner and achiever, Sy Kurland completed Outward Bound wilderness training at age 48, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, explored Machu Picchu in the Andes and ran with the bulls in Pamplona; and

WHEREAS, Sy Kurland was a cherished and respected mentor and friend to many attorneys who looked to him for practical advice and guidance,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Philadelphia Bar Association adopts this memorial resolution in recognition of the character, contributions and achievements of Seymour “Sy” Kurland, and extends its heartfelt condolences to his wife, Shirley, and children, Amy, Laura and Daniel, on the passing of a beloved and respected colleague, devoted family member and faithful friend.

PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
ADOPTED: December 13, 2018