SOURCE: Philadelphia Bar Association

March 17, 2008 07:45 ET

Mayor Michael Nutter to Deliver Keynote Address at Bar Association Quarterly Luncheon Today

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwire - March 17, 2008) - Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will deliver his first formal address to the city's legal community at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon today at noon at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut Streets, in Philadelphia.

Mayor Nutter was sworn-in as the 98th Mayor of Philadelphia on January 7th. He is a native Philadelphian who received an academic scholarship to St. Joseph's Preparatory High School, where he graduated in 1975. He enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania, and graduated from the Wharton School of Business in 1979.

Mayor Nutter has an accomplished career in public service, business and financial administration. He served as a Philadelphia City Councilman for nearly 15 years representing the city's Fourth District encompassing the communities of Wynnefield, Overbrook, Roxborough, Manayunk, East Falls, Mt. Airy, and parts of North and West Philadelphia.

During his time in Council, Michael Nutter engineered groundbreaking ethics reform legislation and led successful efforts to pass a citywide smoking ban. He worked to lower taxes for Philadelphians and to reform the city's tax structure, to increase the number of Philadelphia police officers patrolling the streets and to create a Police Advisory Board to provide a forum for discussion between citizens and the Police Department.

The Philadelphia Inquirer described Mayor Michael Nutter as, "easy to imagine on the national stage as the fresh voice of a resurgent Philadelphia." The Daily News wrote: "Nutter has the intelligence, the vision and the experience necessary to take this city into its rightful future."

Mayor Nutter serves on the Board of City Trusts, managing the City's charitable assets, supporting institutions such as Girard College and Wills Eye Hospital, as well as administering public school scholarship funds.

Also at the event, Jane Dalton, Immediate-Past Chancellor of the 13,000-member Association, will be honored. Dalton will be presented with a gold box, an exact replica of the one presented to Andrew Hamilton for his defense of John Peter Zenger in 1735. The gold box is presented annually to the Immediate-Past Chancellor and is inscribed with the message "acquired not by money, but by character."

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