Law and Society Week Features Judge Becker
Award Ceremony

Senator Arlen Specter receiving award photo
Senator Arlen Specter receives the 2007 award
from Paralegal student Stacy L. Ford and
Charles Becker, Esq., Judge Becker’s son.

Among this year’s Law and Society Week highlights was Senator Arlen Specter’s visit on Feb. 23 to receive the inaugural Judge Edward R. Becker Citizenship Award. The Senator spoke at the ceremony and discussed his days in law school and lauded his friend of more than 50 years, Judge Edward R. Becker.

Judge Becker, who died in May 2006 of cancer, was known as a brilliant scholar and one of America’s most respected judges. He was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1981. Judge Becker served as chief judge from 1998 to 2003 and served as senior judge until 2006. The author of more than 2,000 opinions, he was known for the lengthy and in-depth analyses that accompanied his rulings. Judge Becker was one of the federal appeals court judges most often cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, according to the University of Chicago Law Review.

Senator Specter is Pennsylvania’s senior U.S. senator. He was elected to the Senate in 1980 and is currently serving his fifth term. Senator Specter was chosen as the inaugural award recipient due to his years of service, hard work, accomplishments, devotion to the law and hard-fought battles for his constituents.

The eighth annual Law and Society Week, held Feb. 23–March 1, featured 28 events for students, faculty, staff and members of the community. Almost 3,000 individuals attended the week’s events, which included presentations and discussions from judges, television and print reporters, members of the Philadelphia Police Department and faculty from the College. Activities were held at the Main Campus and Regional Centers.