CFormer Gov. Edward G. Rendell to Receive Fifth Annual Judge Edward R. Becker Citizenship Award at Community College of Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, April 27, 2011—Former Governor Edward G. Rendell, Esq., will receive the 2011 Judge Edward R. Becker Citizenship Award at 8:00 a.m., Thursday, April 28, in Room C2-5 at the College’s Center for Business and Industry, 18th and Callowhill streets.

Rendell, whose second term as governor ended in January, will deliver a lecture at the annual award breakfast honoring the late Judge Edward R. Becker, a brilliant scholar and one of America’s most respected judges. A Philadelphia native, Judge Becker served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from December 1981 to May 2006. He was chief judge for the court from 1998 to 2003 and senior judge until 2006.

Before going to Harrisburg, Rendell served two terms as mayor of Philadelphia (1992-1999), after twice being elected district attorney for the city. He is the fifth recipient of the Becker Award. Past honorees include the Honorable Judge Marjorie O. Rendell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (2010); Sister Mary Scullion, cofounder, executive director and president of Project H.O.M.E. (2009); William T. Coleman Jr., a well-known civil rights attorney and former U.S. Transportation Secretary (2008), and retired U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (2007).