Nationwide Recognition Given Bernard G. Segal;
Philadelphian Chosen to Head American Bar Assn.
Speaking in the United States
Senate last week, Senator Thomas
Dodd of Connecticut paid this
tribute to a distinguished American
Mr. President, the unanimous
selection of the Philadelphia law-
yer, Bernard G. Segal, as presi-
dent-elect of the American Bar
Association is an action hi keep-
ing with the great tradition of
I have known Mr. Segal as a
friend for many years now, and
I must say that I was in no way
surprised by his election. Indeed
the American Bar Association
could not have made a more fit-
ting selection for the position of
president of the association.
Mr. Segal is widely recognized
as a lawyer's lawyer and as one
of the ablest members of the
American bar. As an intellectual,
he has a scholar's love of the
law and of the philosophy of law.
As a practitioner of the law, he
has done far more than merely
represent his clients; he has,
through his unflagging efforts,
sought to make the law a more
rational and more effective vehi-
cle for the administration of
This is what prompted him to
lead the American Bar Associa-
tion in its successful efforts to
play a more vital role in the se-
lection of Federal judges.
His high ideals, his love of true
justice, and his boundless energy
have raised the caliber of judges
in Pennsylvania and throughout
the country as well.
With Mr. Segal at its helm the
American Bar Association is cer-
tain to be an even more effective
force in the crucial struggle to
improve our judicial system.
I heartily congratulate the
American Bar Association on its
wise decision in selecting Bern-
ard G. Segal as its next presi-
dent, and I congratulate Mr. Se-
, gal on this richly deserved honor.
The reference, as Senator Dodd
indicated, was to the selection for
the highest legal lawyers' post in
the land of the man who has earned
the title of "lawyers' lawyer" and
who, as chairman of the standing
committee on federal judiciary of
the American Bar Association has
been called a "judge-maker" be-
cause it is he who has prepared
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reports on the qualifications of
Presidential appointments for
Because of his devotion to his
work as a lawyer, stating that he
was not ready to abandon priv-
ate practice, Segal, in 1963,
turned down offer of an appoint-
ment to the Third Circuit of the
Jewish literature is unique in single language nor to a geographi-
that it is confined neither to a cal area.
sie College. He has been active for
many years in the Jewish Publica-
tin Society and the JPS board meet-
ing two weeks ago extended to him
encomia on his ABA election. He
is active in Philadelphia's Allied
Jewish Appeal and Federation of
Serving on the boards of numer-
ous other agencies, he gives much
of his time to public services.
The list of honors and recogni-
tion appended to his name and his
affiliations as well as the scholastic
encomia that were accorded him
occupy several pages of single
spaced typewritten pages. In Who's
Who in America his record occu-
pies lengthy space.
Newspapers in many communi-
ties have applauded Segal's elec-
tion as an honor to the city to
which his labors have given so
Early Philadelphia Settler
Isaac Miranda was one of the
earliest Jewish settlers of Phila-
delphia and the first known Jew
in Lancaster, where he died in
BERNARD G. SEGAL
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Kennedy administration
stated specifically at the time
that his acceptance of that nomi-
nation would pave his way to the
U.S. Supreme Court.
Segal's selection as president-
elect of the American Bar Associa-
tion, announced at the ABA meet-
ing in Chicago, was unanimous.
Upon accepting the nomination, Se-
gal called on the ABA for leader-
ship "in the battle to achieve
domestic tranquility and equal jus-
tice under the law," and declared:
"Crime on the streets and in our
homes, violation of constitutional
guarantees and the basic rights of
millions of citizens, and civil dis-
obedience and riots have created
a domestic crisis of vast propor-
"While the underlying bases rest
in historical, social and economic
causes, and therefore the coopera-
tion and participation of the public
are essential in meeting these prob-
lems and reaching hard solutions,
nevertheless, both intermediately
and in the long view, the preserva-
tion of peace and order and the
protection of rights legally estab-
lished rests with law-enfocement
agencies and the courts.
"Who better than the lawyers of
the nation can help in strengthen-
ing these agencies, in creating bet-
ter police-community relations, and
in hammering out the ultimate
"And as the largest spokesman
of the lawyers of the country, the
American Bar Association is the
natural and most effective force in
leading in the battle to achieve
domestic tranqiulity and equal jus-
tice under the law.
"I recognize the high honor but I
am aware, too, of the awesome res-
ponsibility of serving as an officer
of the American Bar Association
in the critical months that lie
Segal was named by President
Kennedy as chairman of the Law-
yers Committee for Civil Rights
Under the Law and was renamed
to that post by President John-
son. He served for two terms as
chancellor of the Philadelphia
Bar Association in the 1950s and
at 44—in 1952 — became the
youngest man to serve as head of
the Philadelphia Bar Association.
In 1953 President Eisenhower
named him chairman of the
Commission on Judicial and Con-
These were among the many na-
tional honors accorded him. He has
held many important positions in
the general and the Jewish com-
munities. A life member of the
University of Pennsylvania board
of trustees, he serves on the lay
board of Villanova University and
on the board of governors of Drop-
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