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August 25, 2014

Chief Justice Castille to Receive Bar Medal at Bench-Bar

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille will receive the Philadelphia Bar Association's highest honor, the Bar Medal, at the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Friday, Oct. 17 at Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J.

The Bar Medal is given at the discretion of the Chancellor and only when it is felt that someone has contributed to the justice system and/or the community in a manner that is sustained, extraordinary and worthy of emulation.

Chief Justice Castille has a long history of supporting and promoting public service. He is the honorary chair of the Pennsylvania Civil Legal Justice Coalition, a statewide coalition of leaders from the Philadelphia, Allegheny County, Dauphin County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations; representatives of the public interest community; and other key stakeholders who work to address the growing crisis in unmet civil legal services needs of low-income Pennsylvanians.

Additionally, Chief Justice Castille served in the U.S. Marine Corps as first lieutenant, rifle platoon commander, in Vietnam and received a Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" for bravery, two Purple Heart Medals, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Presidential Unit & Naval Unit Citations and Combat Action Ribbon.

He was an assistant and deputy district attorney in Philadelphia from 1971 to 1985 and served as district attorney from 1986 to 1991. He served as a justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court from 1994 to 2007 and was sworn in as chief justice in 2008.

The Bar Medal will be presented at the Opening Luncheon of the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Friday, Oct. 17 at Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J. Registration for the Opening Luncheon and the rest of the two-day conference, which features 8.5 CLE credits, is available at

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