Fox Rothschild’s Abraham C. Reich to Co-Chair Pennsylvania Bar Association Effort to Revise State’s Judicial Code

May 16, 2012 – Press Releases

Abraham C. Reich, co-chair of Fox Rothschild LLP and partner in the firm’s Philadelphia office, has been selected to co-chair a Pennsylvania Bar Association task force that will review the existing Pennsylvania Code of Judicial Conduct and recommend updates – something that has not been done in more than a decade.

Reich was appointed by PBA President Thomas G. Wilkinson Jr. to lead a group of PBA members – including retired trial and appellate judges – who possess broad experience in judicial and legal ethics. Bridget E. Montgomery, of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott in Harrisburg, was appointed to co-chair the committee with Reich.

Named one of the leading litigation attorneys in Pennsylvania by Chambers USA, Reich’s practice involves all aspects of business litigation, including antitrust, securities, trade secrets and intellectual property. Reich is particularly well-known for his fluency in matters involving legal ethics and professional responsibility. He routinely represents lawyers and serves as an expert witness in legal ethics, professional responsibility and law firm matters.

Reich and Montgomery will lead the task force in conducting a thorough review of the ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct, which provides guidance to judges on a variety of ethical matters, including standards for disqualification and recusal from cases to avoid an appearance of impropriety or bias. The group will also examine related issues of the adequacy of the code's standards for disclosure of judicial campaign contributions and gifts.

The task force will work alongside an ad hoc committee chaired by Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Anne Lazarus that has been directed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to examine and propose potential changes to Pennsylvania's judicial code of conduct. The PBA task force will consider the proposals made available for public comment by the ad hoc committee or the Supreme Court and will coordinate with that committee to make appropriate recommendations to the Supreme Court for consideration. The task force's report and recommendations will be presented to the PBA Board of Governors and the House of Delegates for consideration and approval before delivery to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

In addition to his practice, Reich also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Connecticut and received his law degree from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review. He is currently a member of the Temple Law School’s Board of Visitors.

A past Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Reich has also represented the Philadelphia Bar for the past 15 years as a member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association.

In January, Reich was awarded the American Jewish Committee's 2012 Judge Learned Hand Award, which is presented to leaders in the legal profession who demonstrate dedication to the American legal tradition and the spirit of civic activism. He has also been recognized by the Philadelphia Bar Association for his extensive history of service and honored with the Wachovia Fidelity Award, presented annually for “significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice.” Additionally, Reich was honored in 2010 by Temple University with its Certificate of Honor for Distinction in the Practice of Law.