Speaking Engagement

Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. Memorial Public Interest Panel Discussion

2022 Philadelphia Bar Association Summer Quarterly Meeting and Reception

The Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA

Sophia Lee, Blank Rome partner and chief diversity and inclusion officer emeritus, will serve as panel moderator at the Philadelphia Bar Association’s 2022 Summer Quarterly Meeting and Reception, “Celebrating Inspirational Trailblazers,” being held Tuesday, June 21, 2022, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Sophia will moderate the annual A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. Memorial Public Interest Panel Discussion, which celebrates and honors the professional excellence, commitment to social justice, scholarship, and superb legal advocacy of Judge Higginbotham.


  • Hon. Pamela A. Carlos, U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Diana Cortes, City Solicitor, City of Philadelphia Law Department 
  • Hon. Lori A. Dumas, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court
  • Gregory B. Williams, Partner, Fox Rothschild, and nominee for U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Delaware

The event will also honor 2022 Justice Sonia Sotomayor Award recipient Roberta Liebenberg and 2022 Cheryl Ingram Advocate for Justice Award recipient Sara Jacobson and recognize the 2022 recipients of the Eve Biskind Klothen Law Student Pro Bono Distinction Award.

A networking reception, including after-hours access to some of The Franklin's most popular exhibits, will follow.

Blank Rome is proud to be a Diamond Sponsor of the meeting.

For more information and to register, please visit the event webpage.

You can read about the panel presentation in “Panelists Honor the Legacy of Judge A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr.” (Philadelphia Bar Reporter, July 2022) here.