The Association provides for four classes of membership. Regular, Young Lawyer, Privileged and Government. Membership is limited to individuals and cannot be vested in firms or partnerships and applicants must be sponsored by two Regular Members.
It is our great pleasure to inform you that the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel (PADC) has been selected to receive this year’s Rudolph A. Janata Award. As you know, the award is presented annually to an outstanding state or local defense bar organization that has undertaken an innovative or unique program contributing to the goals and objectives of the organized defense bar.
Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, The Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel (PADC) is a highly effective and well-respected defense advocacy group formed to advance the interests of the defense bar, and an integral part of the excellent relationship with the judiciary and the plaintiff's bar.
It was shortly after World War II that Attorney Ralph Croskey led a movement of prominent Philadelphia defense lawyers to form an organization as a social club for those practicing in tort and insurance law.
Minutes of those organizational days and the days that followed are lost in history, but recollections from members of today's defense bar have Mr. Croskey as first president and the guiding force of the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel (PADC) for some 20 years.