The Philadelphia Bar Association honored Mark Aronchick, Esq., with the PNC Achievement Award at the Association’s annual luncheon on December 9 at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Philadelphia.
The Award honors “significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice.” Aronchick was cited for his work defending same-sex marriage with the successful Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) case in Pennsylvania, as well as for his service to the city of Philadelphia years ago as the city solicitor.
In 1996, Aronchick became the first attorney to simultaneously serve as president of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation and vice chancellor the Philadelphia Bar Association. In 1998, he became the youngest city solicitor in Philadelphia’s history.
A partner at Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, Aronchick was instrumental in this year’s Whitewood lawsuit, which successfully overturned Pennsylvania’s exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Aronchick’s law partner, Daniel Segal, praised his commitment to equality when nominating him:
Mark has an unstinting commitment to provide all citizens, poor and rich, black and white, gay and straight with a fair, equal and honest system of justice. Whether in litigating Whitewood, promoting the Bar Foundation, teaching Penn law students, or serving on the Judicial Conduct Board, this commitment has been and remains the focus of his intense devotion.