Fedullo to Stress Schools, Judicial Ratings System

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William P. Fedullo
William P. Fedullo

Incoming Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor William P. Fedullo said that supporting the city's school district and re-examining the bar's judicial ratings system would be among his top priorities during his yearlong term starting Jan. 1.

Fedullo, an attorney at Rosen, Schafer & DiMeo, delivered his inaugural address Tuesday before a crowd of attorneys, judges and elected officials gathered at the Hyatt at the Bellevue in Philadelphia.

In an interview with The Legal, Fedullo said that in light of the 60th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, he aims to step up the bar association's initiatives in supporting Philadelphia's public school system.

"I think the bar association needs to live up to what Brown v. Board of Education talked about," Fedullo said. "That includes making sure that the schools are fully funded."

Fedullo noted that many members of the bar were educated in the city's schools, including Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper.

"I'm wondering if kids nowadays are having the same opportunities that these folks got. With all the cutbacks that are occurring, there's a concern that basic services are not being delivered," Fedullo said. "There are no nurses in some schools; there are no counselors in some schools. We want to do everything we can as a bar association to help the school district."

Appointing a task force to formulate ways to help is one avenue that Fedullo said he wants to pursue. Another is to continue the collaboration with the bar and Temple University's Law Education and Participation (LEAP) program, which educates middle and high school students about becoming lawyers.

"I think it's important for the bar association to put its full weight behind the school district, especially in this time of need," Fedullo said. "I want to influence people who aren't engaged in doing that to do so."

Fedullo mentioned that he also wants to re-examine the bar association's candidate ratings system for the city's common pleas and municipal court elections.

"I'm going to look at how we do it, how we can tweak the system, whether or not we need to add another rating possibly beyond 'recommended' and 'not recommended,'" Fedullo said.

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