Kathleen Wilkinson, Chancellor of the 13,000 member Philadelphia Bar Association and Partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP will accept this year’s Fashioning Futures for Women Award at A Perfect Fit: Celebrating a Story of a Suit on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia. Career Wardrobe’s Fashioning Futures for Women Award honors a woman who demonstrates a commitment to empowering women, inspiring confidence and assisting women pursue successful careers.
A true trailblazer, Kathleen is only the 6th woman to hold the position of Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association in the organization’s 211-year history. As a litigator with more than 30 years of experience, she is a mentor to countless women within the legal community and encourages involvement at all levels of the organization and within the profession. Among her leadership roles at the Bar Association, Kathleen has served as Co-chair of the Women in the Profession Committee. Kathleen serves on numerous pro bono and civic boards, and is a founding member of Villanova Law’s J. Willard O’Brien American Inn of Court and served as the Inn’s first woman president. In 2008, she received the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Anne X. Alpern Award – the highest award given to a Pennsylvania woman attorney. As Chancellor she is championing the cause of improving the lives of women lawyers and highlighting their roles in the community. A litigator with more than 30 years of experience, Kathleen built her practice and earned her reputation defending complex cases involving construction, insurance, professional liability, medical devices and pharmaceuticals, and a variety of other products. She has also served as a judge pro tem and discovery master, earning the respect of the bench and bar. Ms. Wilkinson will accept the award from her colleague, friend and 2012 Fashioning Futures for Women Awardee, Nikki Johnson-Huston, Assistant City Solicitor with the City of Philadelphia and Diversity Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association.The award will be presented at Career Wardrobe’s annual fundraising auction and fashion show A Perfect Fit: Celebrating the Story of a Suit on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia.