Widener Law Dean Linda L. Ammons
today congratulated alumnus John E. Savoth on his status as the incoming chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Savoth gave his inaugural address Dec. 6 at the association’s annual meeting luncheon in the grand ballroom of the Hyatt at The Bellevue in Philadelphia.
Ammons attended the event, at which Savoth, a 1985 graduate of Widener Law’s Delaware campus, outlined three initiatives for his year as the association’s leader under the theme “People Make the Difference.”
“I wish John Savoth the very best in accomplishing the goals he laid out in his speech,” Ammons said. “He embodies the best characteristics of a Widener Law graduate: he is bright, capable and ambitious. Given his enthusiasm for public service I know the association is in good hands.”
Savoth said he would launch a Military Assistance Program to aid the tens of thousands of American troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who will need pro bono services on matters including family law, health law, bankruptcy and consumer credit issues. He wants to work with the National Constitution Center to expand a program the association began in 2008 that promotes the education of civics in local schools. He also said he plans to launch a new website that will provide publicity opportunities for association attorneys.
“The lawyers who established this bar association were not very different from lawyers today,” Savoth said at the luncheon. “They were distinct individuals who could accomplish much together. It is our duty as attorneys to ensure that all citizens have full and unfettered access to justice. Today, these principles are even more relevant.”
The Philadelphia Bar Association was founded in 1802 and is the country’s oldest association of lawyers. It has approximately 13,000 members.
Savoth is of counsel to Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky PC. He concentrates on personal injury law. He was joined at the luncheon by his wife, Nancy, an author and instructor in Widener University's Writing Center on the school’s main campus in Chester, Pa. They have three sons.
Savoth will be the association’s 85th chancellor. He officially takes over Jan. 1.