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File #: 210183    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 3/4/2021 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 3/11/2021
Title: Congratulating Bernard W. Smalley for being named President of the Board of Directors of City Trusts, making him the first Black President in the board's 151 year history.
Sponsors: Councilmember Parker, Council President Clarke, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Gauthier, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Brooks, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Thomas
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 21018300, 2. Signature21018300
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Congratulating Bernard W. Smalley for being named President of the Board of Directors of City Trusts, making him the first Black President in the board's 151 year history.

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WHEREAS, On December 16, 2020, Bernard W. Smalley, Esq., was unanimously elected as the President of the Board of Directors of City Trusts, which oversees 119 charitable trusts, including Girard College and Wills Eye Hospital. Smalley has been a member or the board since 2001, and he became the Vice President in 2012; and

WHEREAS, Smalley was raised in West Philadelphia, where he worked in his father's barbershop. There, he grew up in the presence of some of the City's greatest legal minds who frequented the barbershop, including William H. Hastie, the first African-American to serve as the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals; Ronald Davenport, who became Dean of Duquesne University Law School; and H. Patrick Swygert, who became President of Howard University. As a child, Smalley was a witness to the civil rights movement of the 1960s in Philadelphia, where the cause to desegregate Girard College was a major focus; and

WHEREAS, These leaders, and his early experiences, ultimately inspired Smalley to study law. Smalley took over his father's business after his unexpected death, while also attending Temple University. Upon his graduation from Temple, Smalley worked as an administrator for the Court of Common Pleas while also attending Widener University Law School at night. Upon his graduation in 1980, Smalley clerked for the Hon. Stanley M. Greenberg, then began his career as a trial attorney advocating on behalf of victims of corporate or professional negligence. Representing plaintiffs in some of the City's highest profile cases, Smalley was a partner at the Anapol Schwartz law firm for nearly 30 years before eventually becoming a partner at Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer in 2016; and

WHEREAS, In his 35-year career, Smalley's combination of intellect, perceptiveness, and warmth ha...

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