Honorable Louis H. Pollak Award

The Honorable Louis H. Pollak Champion of the Public Interest Award will be presented by the Philadelphia Bar Foundation on special occasions to a lawyer who has been a true champion of the public interest legal community. The Pollak award honors a lawyer, in private practice, who throughout his or her career has provided extraordinary service, including through support of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, to the mission of accomplishing access to justice for all.

The Pollak Award is a special award in memory of an extraordinary man. As a lawyer, jurist and citizen, Judge Pollak championed the rights of the underprivileged in our community. With the greatest sensitivity and commensurate wisdom and intellect, Judge Pollak advanced the public interest, by his commitment to civil rights and the rights of all. From his work on Brown v. Board of Education, to his role as a leading educator, to his thoughtful and brilliant career as a jurist, Judge Pollak forever enriched our legal community and the community as a whole. It is a great honor that his wife has allowed the Bar Foundation to present this award in his name.

A wonderful piece is online here, detailing Judge Pollak’s life. (Lou Pollak: The Road to Brown v. Board of Education and Beyond, Leanna Lee Whitman and Michael Hayes, published by the American Philosophical Society.)

2016 Award Recipient: Lawrence Beaser, Blank Rome

2014 Award Recipient: Robert Heim, Dechert