Presidential Speeches, Videos, Podcasts

June 6, 2008
PBA President Andrew F. Susko delivers his final speech as president to the House of Delegates at the PBA Annual Meeting and gives special recognition to Immediate Past President Kenneth Horoho Jr. and PBA Executive Director Barry Simpson. (Video)

June 5
2007-08 PBA President Andrew F. Susko presents PBA Special Achiement Awards, 50-Year Member Awards and the James S. Bowman Award and Thomas G. Wilkinson Jr. presents the PBA Excellence in Lawyer Advertising Award. (Audio)

June 4, 2008
2007-08 PBA President Andrew F. Susko and PBA Young Lawyers Division Chair William J. Higgins Jr. lead the PBA Awards Luncheon during which the following awards were presented: Louis J. Goffman Award to the York MidPenn Advisory Board and York County Bar Foundation; the Sir Francis Bacon Dispute Resolution Award to Cheryl Cutrona; the Alternative Dispute Resolution Special Recognition Award to Judge Donetta Ambrose; the Michael K. Smith Excellence in Service Award to Traci Naugle; and the Young Lawyers Division Liberty Bell Award to Thomas Chernisky. Also, the Passing of the Gavel Ceremony took place between Higgins and 2008-09 Young Lawyers Division Chair Ryan Blazure. (Audio)

June 3, 2008
The Allentown School District's School Violence Prevention Demonstration Program and efforts to build civics education are highlighted during an event with Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator Myron Yoder serving as master of cermonies and with comments by Jayme A. Sokolow of Development Resources Inc., Pennsylvania First Lady and U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Marjorie O. Rendell, PBA President Andrew F. Susko, Superintendent Karen S. Angello, and Ismael Arcelay, special assistant to Mayor Ed Pawlowski. (Audio)

June 3, 2008
PBA President Andrew F. Susko and Pennsylvania Bar Institute Vice President Thomas G. Wilkinson Jr. thank outgoing board members for their service during PBA/PBI dinner at the PBA Annual Meeting. (Audio)

June 2, 2008
Following an introduction by Mercer County Bar Association President Chester B. Scholl, PBA President Andrew F. Susko offers remarks to association members and presents a PBA award to the immediate past president of the MCBA, Stephen J. Mirizo. (Audio)

May 30, 2008
PBA President Andrew F. Susko is joined by Dean Roger J. Dennis, Earl Mack School of Law at Drexel University, for a news conference to announce Drexel University's $100,000 contribution supporting the 2010 National Mock Trial Championships in Philadelphia. The Overbrook High School Mock Trial Team, winners of the 2008 State Mock Trial Championships, participated in the news conference. (Audio)

May 29, 2008
PBA President Andrew F. Susko offers remarks at the Crawford County Bar Association dinner, with introduction by Glenn Thompson, CCBA president. (Audio)

May 20, 2008
PBA President Andrew F. Susko addresses the Allegheny County Bar Association Board of Governors with introductory and closing remarks by Ken Gormley, ACBA president. (Audio)

May 13, 2008
PBA President Andrew F. Susko addresses attendees at the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network's annual training conference, with introductory remarks by Sam Milkes, PLAN exeuctive director. (Audio)

May 12, 2008
PBA President Andrw F. Susko offers remarks at the Law Day celebration in Washington County. (Audio)

May 7, 2008
PBA President Andrew F. Susko is among speakers at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas’ Juror Appreciation Day that also included comments by Judge Jacqueline F. Allen, Jury Commissioner Roger Gordon, President Judge C. Darnell Jones II, Administrive Judge D. Webster Keogh, Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, Channel 6 Action News’ anchor Jessica Borg and Shira Goodman of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts.

May 7, 2008
PBA President Andrew F. Susko presented a PBA Lifetime Achievement Award to Samuel T. Cooper III during the PBA Minority Attorney Breakfast in Harrisburg, which also included remarks by PBA Minority Bar Committee Chair Prince Altee Thomas, Co-Vice Chair Beverly H. Rampaul, Wesley R. Payne IV, committee member, and Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro A. Cortes.

May 5, 2008
PBA President Andrew F. Susko offers remarks at Capitol Rotunda rally supporting increased state funding for civil legal services. (Text)

May 2, 2008
The PBA celebrates the 50th anniversary of Law Day with elementary students during event at the state Capitol Rotunda with comments by Grace R. Schuyler, co-chair of the PBA Law-Related Education Committee; PBA President Andrew F. Susko; Beth Specker, chief of staff, Office of the First Lady, Honorable Marjorie O. Rendell; Beth Olanoff, director, Pennsylvania Department of Education Policy Office; David K. Trevaskis of the PBA; and Karen M. Balaban, president, Pennsylvania Bar Foundation.

May 1, 2008
PBA President Andrew F. Susko and First Lady Marjorie O. Rendell address attendees at the "National Forum on Children, Families and the Courts: Planning for the Future," a three-day, multidisciplinary national forum by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, about the Pennsylvania Coalition for Representative Democracy (PennCORD).(TEXT)

May 1, 2008
PBA President Andrew F. Susko and First Lady Marjorie O. Rendell address attendees at the "National Forum on Children, Families and the Courts: Planning for the Future," a three-day, multidisciplinary national forum by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, about the Pennsylvania Coalition for Representative Democracy (PennCORD).(Audio)

April 27, 2008
Profile of PBA President Andrew F. Susko on the Pennsylvania Cable Network. (To download the podcast from the PCN site, right click on the program and save it to your system.)

April 25, 2008
PBA President Andrew F. Susko offers opening remarks at the final day of the 20th annual PBA Minority Attorney Conference following an introduction by Prince Altee Thomas, chair of the PBA Minority Bar Committee.

April 24, 2008
William H. Brown III, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Frederica A. Massiah-Jackson and PBA President Andrew F. Susko offer remarks at the 20th anniversary celebration dinner during the PBA Minority Attorney Conference, with an introduction by Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Nitza I. Quinones-Alejandro and the presentation of a Distinguished Service Award to Louann Bell of the PBA staff by Stephanie F. Latimore.

April 10, 2008
PBA President Andrew F. Susko joins Philadelphia Bar Chancellor Michael Pratt for opening and closing comments at "Civil Gideon: A Right to Counsel in Civil Cases," a project of the Philadephia Bar Association's Public Interest Section. Additional speakers include Rep. Kathy M. Manderino, Debra Gardner of Baltimore's Public Justice Center and Laura Abel of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. (Audio)

April 7, 2008
PBA President Andrew F. Susko presents the County Bar Presidents Award to James E. Whelton, outgoing president of the Westmoreland Bar Association. Additional comments by Whelton, who presents the WPB President's Award for Professionalism to Robert I. Johnston, and by Barbara J. Christner, incoming PBA president. (Audio)

April 3, 2008
PBA President Andrew F. Susko delivers opening remarks at the inaugural PBA Law Policy Forum in Philadelphia. (Text)

March 31, 2008
PBA President Andrew F. Susko meets with the Northumberland County Bar Association to discuss recent legislative matters and upcoming events for the organized bar. (Audio)

March 29, 2008
PBA Young Lawyers Division Chair William J. Higgins Jr. introduces PBA President Andrew F. Susko to announce the winner of the 2008 Statewide Mock Trial Champions, the Overbrook High School Mock Trial Team. (Audio)

March 26, 2008
PBA President Andrew F. Susko introduces Justice Thomas G. Saylor, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, at PBA Committee Section Day near Camp Hill for comments regarding 2007 retention elections. (Audio)

March 25, 2008
PBA President Andrew F. Susko addresses the Monroe County Bar Association regarding upcoming PBA on the Hill event and other recent legislative matters of the organized bar. (Audio)

March 20, 2008
PBA President Andrew F. Susko offers comments upon receiving Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network's most prestigious recognition, the Outstanding Leadership in Support of Legal Services Award during a ceremony in Harrisburg. (Audio)

March 18, 2008
PBA President Andrew F. Susko received Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network's most prestigious recognition, the Outstanding Leadership in Support of Legal Services Award. PLAN produced a video about Susko that it played during the award ceremony. (Video)

March 8, 2008
PBA President Andrew F. Susko addresses the Franklin County Bar Association with introductory remarks by Janice Muller Hawbaker, FCBA president, and Judge Richard J. Walsh, Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. (Audio)

March 2, 2008
PBA President Andrew F. Susko comments on the American Bar Association's death penalty report. This radio interview is a production of WPSU-FM (Penn State Public Broadcasting) and first aired on March 2, 2008. (Audio)

February 29, 2008
PBA President Andrew F. Susko and Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Exeuctive Director Sam Milkes provide remarks at the Conference of County Bar Leaders Dinner in State College. (Audio)

February 22, 2008
PBA President Andrew F. Susko offers remarks at Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges. (Audio)

February 18, 2008
PBA President Andrew F. Susko is joined by Young Lawyers Division Incoming Chair Ryan Blazure, YLD Delegate Rachel Kopp and Maria Engles of PBA staff during member-benefits presentation for University of Pennsylvania Law School students. (Audio)

January 25, 2008
PBA President Andrew F. Susko addresses the Washington County Bar Association's Bench/Bar Conference. (Audio)

January 24, 2008
PBA President Andrew F. Susko offers remarks at the Cumberland County Bar Association Dinner and presents PBA Bar Presidents' Award to 2007 CCBA President Daniel Deardorff. (Audio)

January 18, 2008
PBA President Andrew F. Susko honors outdoing Delaware county Bar Association President Mary Van Zandt Wachterhauser with PBA County Bar Presidents' Award. (Audio)

January 17, 2008
PBA President Andrew F. Susko offers remarks at the installation of Judge Jackie Shogan, Superior Court of Pennslvania. (Audio)

January 14, 2008
PBA Presdident Andrew F. Susko offers congratulatory remarks at the swearing-in ceremony for Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Ronald Castille. (Full Text)

January 10, 2008
PBA President Andrew F. Susko offers remarks at the installation of Justice Debra Todd, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. (Audio)

January 8, 2008
PBA President Andrew F. Susko recognizes the efforts of Dan Frey, past president of the York County Bar Association, and presents a PBA Pro Bono Award to Bill Gierasch. (Audio)

December 14, 2007
Schuylkill County Bar Association President James Casper Bohorad welcomes PBA President Andrew F. Susko to the SCBA’s quarterly meeting and Susko talks about the fall retention elections, the PBA’s legislative efforts and the importance of pro bono legal services, and concludes with a presentation of a PBA award to Bohorad. (Audio)

December 6, 2007
PBA President Andrew F. Susko speaks at the annual meeting of the Erie County Bar Association with opening remarks by Robert C. LeSuer, ECBA president, and with the presentation of a PBA Pro Bono Award to Gregory Moore by Michelle Shuker, director, PBA County Bar Services. (Audio)

November 30, 2007
PBA President Andrew F. Susko speaks to the PBA House of Delegates about the judicial retention elections, a task force on judicial performance, diversity efforts, state sales tax concerns and access to legal services for low-income Pennsylvanians and presents at PBA President's Award to Brian Lockman and Bill Bova of the Pennsylvania Cable Network (additional comments by Kathy M. Manderino, chair, PBA House of Delegates).

November 29, 2007
PBA President Andrew F. Susko presents the Pennsyvlania Bar Medal, the PBA's highest honor, to Chief Justice Ralph Cappy, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

November 27, 2007
PBA Executive Director Barry M. Simpson and PBA President Andrew F. Susko offer congratulatory remarks and present a framed print of the Maclay Mansion (PBA headquarters) to retiring Chief Justice Ralph J. Cappy, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, who comments on the organized bar, the recent retention elections and his tenure on the bench. (Audio)

November 14, 2007
During the annual fall membership meeting of the Bar Association of Lehigh County, PBA President Andrew F. Susko addresses the state legislative efforts to tax legal services, the importance of judicial independence, and the salute to Judge John E. Jones III, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania; with welcome by Erich J. Schock, association president; award presentation to Sam Miller by Alfred Hettinger, association president-elect; comments by Steve Patterson, Commerce Bank; and the keynote address by Judge Jones. (Audio)

Click here for a biography of Judge Jones.

November 8, 2007
PBA President Andrew F. Susko talks about the recent judicial retention elections, state legislative efforts to tax legal services and legal services for low-income Pennsylvanian’s during the annual meeting of the Lebanon County Bar Association. (Audio)

PBA President Andrew F. Susko addresses elementary school representatives attending a training session for Project PEACE, an anti-bullying program, and introduces Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett, who discusses the importance of the program. (Audio)

Click here for the Attorney General’s Web site with information about cyber bullying.

Click here for information about Project PEACE.

October 26, 2007
Andrew F. Susko presents the 2007 William A. Schnader Print Media Awards during the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Convention in Hershey (Introduction by Coulston "Skip" Henry, president, PNA Foundation Board of Trustees).

October 18, 2007
PBA President Andrew F. Susko addresses Lackawanna Pro Bono Inc. regarding funding for legal services for low-income Pennsylvanians.

October 12, 2007
PBA President Andrew F. Susko addresses the Wilkes-Barre Law and Library Association during an event recognizing the decennial anniversary of the historical marker at the accident site of the famous case of Erie Railroad Company v. Tompkins, with introduction by Joseph M. Cosgove, president of the Wilkes-Barre Law and Library Association and additional remarks by Judge Thomas I. Vanaskie, U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Pennsylvania (Audio).

October 12, 2007
PBA President Andrew F. Susko addresses to the Wilkes-Barre Law and Library Association during an event recognizing the decennial anniversary of the historical marker at the accident site of the famous case of Erie Railroad Company v. Tompkins.

October 6, 2007
PBA President Andrew F. Susko addresses the Pennsylvania Association of Bar Executives meeting at the Bedford Springs Resort, site of the very first meeting of the PBA in 1895. (Audio).

October 3, 2007
PBA President Andrew F. Susko addresses the Philadelphia Bar Association's Delivery of Legal Services Committee about upcoming legislative efforts and thanks members for pro bono efforts. (Audio)

September 24, 2007
PBA President Andrew F. Susko addresses the Lancaster Bar Association Foundation and lawyers receiving recognition for pro bono efforts. (Audio)

September 19, 2007
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, speaking at a luncheon in Harrisburg organized by the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Commission on Judicial Independence, stresses the importance of an independent judiciary and civics education in schools. (Audio)

September 19, 2007
PBA President Andrew F. Susko addresses the importance of the upcoming judicial retention elections at a luncheon featuring retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in Harrisburg. (Audio)

August 20, 2007
PBA President Andrew F. Susko addresses professionalism, honesty, independence in judgement and the pursuit of excellence in a presentation to first-year law students at Duquesne Law School. (Audio)

June 22, 2007
Incoming PBA President Andrew F. Susko speaks to PBA House of Delegates about the PBA's legislative initiatives and the growth of the PABAR-PAC. (Video)

Incoming PBA President Andrew F. Susko issues call to PBA committees and sections to advance practice improvement initiatives. (Video)

Incoming PBA President Andrew F. Susko calls upon PBA House of Delegates to support access to justice initiative and increased pro bono service by lawyers. (Video)

Incoming PBA President Andrew F. Susko addresses PBA House of Delegates on diversity in the legal profession. (Video)

Incoming PBA President Andrew F. Susko speaks to PBA House of Delegates about upcoming judicial retention and open-seat judicial elections in Pennsylvania. (Video)

June 21, 2007
Incoming PBA President Andrew F. Susko speaks about the obligation of the legal profession to uphold the Rule of Law. (Video)

Incoming PBA President Andrew F. Susko talks about the 2007 judicial retention and open-seat elections and the importance of judicial independence. (Video)

Incoming PBA President Andrew F. Susko addresses the PBA's role in improving access to justice in Pennsylvania. (Video)

Incoming PBA President Andrew F. Susko speaks about the need to engage young lawyers as leaders of the PBA. (Video)

June 22, 2007
PBA President-elect Andrew F. Susko's Speech to the PBA House of Delegates, Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel (Text Only)

June 21, 2007
PBA President-elect Andrew F. Susko's Annual Dinner Speech, Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue (Text Only)

April 19, 2007
PBA President-elect Andrew F. Susko Speaks in Support of Merit Selection on WITF-TV’s Smart Talk. (Susko comments on the rising cost of judicial elections and Gov. Ed Rendell’s plan to create a commission that would select appellate judges for four-year terms to be followed with retention elections.)