Pictured (l to r): Terry L. Fromson, Managing Attorney, Women’s Law Project (WLP); Patricia Giorgio Fox, Deputy Commissioner, Philadelphia Police Department; Thomas E. Zemaitis, Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP; Carole Johnson, Executive Director, Women Organized Against Rape; Susan Frietsche, Senior Staff Attorney, WLP; and Carol E. Tracy, Executive Director, WLP. Photo courtesy of the Women’s Law Project.
Thomas E. Zemaitis of Pepper Hamilton LLP recently was presented with the Myra Bradwell Society Award by the Women’s Law Project. Mr. Zemaitis was recognized for his many years of dedicated service to the Women’s Law Project as a board member and his exceptional work in litigation supporting women’s access to safe and legal abortions.
The award is named after Myra Bradwell who petitioned the United States Supreme Court in 1869 to overturn her denial to practice law in Illinois. The infamous opinion upholding the denial read in part, “The natural and proper timidity and delicacy which belongs to the female sex evidently unfits it for many occupations of civil life.” Myra Bradwell was ultimately admitted to the Illinois bar.
Also honored were deputy police commissioner Patricia Giorgio Fox, who has served the citizens of Philadelphia since her appointment in 1976, and Carole Johnson, executive director of Women Organized Against Rape for almost two decades.
“Each awardee symbolizes the spirit and determination demonstrated by Myra Bradwell to assure that women enjoy equal opportunity to full participation in society,” said Carol E. Tracy, executive director of the Women’s Law Project.
Mr. Zemaitis is a partner in the Philadelphia office of Pepper Hamilton. He concentrates his practice in all types of commercial litigation, with an emphasis on intellectual property, particularly trademark, copyright and false advertising matters and on antitrust and trade regulation matters. His experience also includes securities, trade secret, contract, tortious interference and product liability cases. Mr. Zemaitis is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
The Women’s Law Project, a public interest law center with offices in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, is nationally recognized for cutting-edge legal advocacy and three decades of achievement on issues having a positive impact on women and families in Pennsylvania and nationwide. The WLP mission is to create a more just and equitable society by advancing the rights and status of all women throughout their lives. Since its founding in 1974, the WLP has been at the vanguard of the battle against gender discrimination, violence and injustice.