May 22, 2017
Chancellor Deborah R. Gross on the Passing of Peter Hearn
Deborah R. Gross, Chancellor of the 12,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association, today issued the following statement on the passing of Former Chancellor Peter Hearn:
“He was truly a remarkable man. Peter was still in touch with, involved and engaged in our Association and legal community. He was always present, even from afar. We are deeply saddened by his loss and he will truly be missed.”
Throughout his career, Hearn held several prominent roles throughout the legal community. Hearn was Chancellor of the Association in 1989 and president of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation in 1985. He held numerous leadership positions throughout the Association and Foundation.
When he was Chancellor, Hearn was passionate about making merit selection of judges a reality as well as changing the public’s unfair impression of lawyers. Under his leadership, a proposal for a political action committee was approved to financially support the campaigns of judicial candidates seeking election and retention. The PAC, now called the Campaign for Qualified Judges, remains a significant initiative that supports the Association’s Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention.
Hearn was a partner at Pepper, Hamilton & Scheetz for nearly 30 years before founding his own firm, Peter Hearn PC.
Additionally, Hearn was a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, American Law Institute, American Judicature Society and Third Circuit Lawyers Advisory Committee. He chaired the planning committee for the Judicial Conference for the Third Circuit in 1987 on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.