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March 02, 2021

Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Lauren P. McKenna Issues Statement on the Retirement Transition Announcement by Chief Justice Thomas G. Saylor

Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Lauren P. McKenna issued the following statement on Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas G. Saylor’s announcement that he will transfer his post to Justice Max Baer on April 1 in advance of Saylor’s constitutionally-mandated retirement on Dec. 31:

“On behalf of the Philadelphia Bar Association, I would like to thank Chief Justice Saylor for his decades of service on the state’s highest court and his many contributions as a lawyer and jurist. His decision ensures a seamless transition on the court, and reflects his legacy of collaborative leadership.

“Chief Justice Saylor has been a strong proponent of judicial independence and the importance of a qualified and well-educated judiciary, including the transition to mandatory judicial education. In his 23 years on the court and six years as chief justice, Chief Justice Saylor has also distinguished himself through his comprehensive and rigorous opinions. He is credited with authoring more than 400 main opinions and more than 600 responsive opinions that cover the full breadth of Pennsylvania law.

“Our community benefits greatly from attorneys having a strong and collegial relationship with the judiciary; this has become even more important as we have worked together to continue the process of justice and pivot our operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I appreciate all that Chief Justice Saylor has done to reach out to and support the bar, both in the course of typical operations and during the current extraordinary circumstances.

“I would also like to congratulate and offer full support to Justice Baer as he takes on his new role, continuing his own long and distinguished career on the bench.”

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