Lauren McKenna Installed as 94th Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar AssociationDecember 8, 2020 – Press Releases
Culminating a career of service to the legal community, Lauren P. McKenna was installed as Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association – the oldest association of lawyers in the United States – during its Annual Meeting on December 8.
McKenna is the 94th Chancellor in the Association’s 200-year history and the 10th woman to serve in the top leadership role. Active in the Association throughout her career, she previously served as Vice-Chancellor and as a three-term member of the Board of Governors, including a term as Chair of the Board. McKenna is also the fourth Chancellor to hail from Fox Rothschild, continuing a legacy of professional leadership established by Nathan Posner, Jerome Bogutz and Abraham Reich.
In her new role, McKenna will lead the Association and its base of more than 11,000 members to focus on leveraging the collective power of the community to build on its primary goals – to provide critical education, services and support to the legal profession, the courts and to the City of Philadelphia at large.
“We are not just a trade association, but the hub of the Philadelphia legal community, for which there are many spokes,” McKenna said. “This has always been central to our mission – and the challenges of 2020 brought that into focus. By bringing these various communities together, we are reminded of the foundational principle of the Association – that there is strength in numbers – and that our shared values of professionalism and service will protect us in trying times.”
Events of 2020 have shifted the Association’s focus, McKenna said, by bringing economic uncertainty that disproportionally impacted Philadelphia’s most vulnerable residents, a heightened racial divide and challenges to the integrity of the law and the legal profession. Among her first points of action, she said, will be to form a task force on legal needs arising from the pandemic to interface with the courts, law firm members, law schools and the business community.
“An important first step in achieving change is examining the issue of unconscious and implicit bias,” said McKenna. “Fortunately, the Association has a strong tradition of valuing diversity and inclusion and I therefore have a deep bench of diverse talent who can join me in this work.”
At Fox, McKenna is a Partner in the Litigation Department and serves as Co-Chair of the Title Insurance Practice Group. She is also Co-Chair of the Women’s Initiative, which offers assistance with marketing and networking, mentoring and work/life balance as well as invests resources into the recruitment and career development of women attorneys. She is also a former member of the firm’s Executive Committee.