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Kathleen Wilkinson Honored by Pennsylvania Bar Association for Dedication and Service

March 18, 2014

Kathleen Wilkinson (Partner-Philadelphia) was awarded the 2014 Gilbert Nurick Award by the Conference of County Bar Leaders of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) on March 18, 2014, at the 48th Annual Seminar of the Conference of County Bar Leaders in State College, PA. The award is presented to a member of the PBA who exhibits dedication and service to the leadership and promotion of the organized bar and its activities. Kathleen, past chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, was recognized in part for creating the successful Chancellor’s Leadership Institute, which offers free programs for bar association members on everything from leadership development to tools specifically tailored to women lawyers, and included programs geared toward younger attorneys and lawyers from diverse backgrounds. As chancellor, one of Kathleen’s charges was to “place renewed emphasis, value and recognition on certain important aspects of being a successful attorney, which includes leadership, civility, mentoring, community service and pro bono work.”  The idea behind the Chancellor’s Leadership Institute was to teach lawyers the tools and skills they need to succeed in today’s legal world.  By creating new opportunities for leadership and development of our lawyers, Kathleen sought to meet the challenges of a constantly evolving profession, including inspiring attorneys through such training to be the best lawyers they can be. 

In addition to being honored at the event, Kathleen welcomed two panels of women leaders of affinity bar associations, the head of the National Asian American Bar Association. Kathleen also led discussions on four generations in the workplace, and 20th Century Associates in a 21st Century Legal Environment with the deans of Temple and Villanova Law Schools.

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