William Brown and Robert Cindrich Recipients of The Legal Intelligencer’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement AwardsOn May 20, 2015 by Schnader in Labor and Employment
March 20, 2015-Schnader Harrison Segal and Lewis LLP is pleased to announce that attorneys William H. Brown, III and Hon. Robert J. Cindrich have been selected to receive Lifetime Achievement Awards from The Legal Intelligencer. Schnader is the only organization with two recipients.
William H. Brown, III has practiced law for more than 55 years, crafting a nationally renowned employment discrimination practice complemented by a dedication to public service and social justice. Brown was a member of what is widely considered to be Philadelphia’s first exclusively African-American law firm, Norris Schmidt Green Harris Higginbotham & Brown. He went on to serve as chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from 1969 to 1973. Throughout his private practice, Brown has remained committed to non-discrimination in employment hiring and promotion and guided major American businesses, including UPS, in accordance with that precept.
He is a leader in the community, having chaired the Philadelphia Special Investigation Commission that investigated the MOVE tragedy in 1985, co-chaired the Board of Directors for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, and served on the City of Philadelphia’s Board of Ethics. Additionally, Brown has acted as a mediator for Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, and as a Judge Pro Tem for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.
Hon. Robert J. Cindrich has served the legal community as advocate, judge, and professor. Prior to being appointed to the bench, he was chair of the Pennsylvania Legislative Reapportionment Commission; assistant district attorney for Allegheny County; and an assistant public defender. Judge Cindrich served on the bench of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania beginning in 1994, following a stint as senior advisor to the president, senior vice-president and chief legal officer of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He has also has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and at the Duquesne University School of Law.
Cindrich is a trustee of the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission; chair of the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center (an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution); member of the UPMC Mercy Hospital Board of Directors; and chair of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law board of visitors.
The Legal Intelligencer‘s Lifetime Achievement Awards recognize those figures who have helped to shape the law in Pennsylvania, whether through their work on the bench, assisting those in need of legal services, building a firm or any other means, and who have had a distinct impact on the legal profession in the state.