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Philadelphia Lawyer to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award from PBA Commission on Women in the Profession


HARRISBURG (March 2, 2010) - Lila G. Roomberg of Philadelphia will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession for her dedication to advancing opportunities for women in the law. The award will be presented during the group's 17th annual conference, "Women and the Economy: Securing Your Future," May 12, at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey.

Roomberg will receive the achievement award, the first such award to be presented by the commission, during a luncheon program featuring Claire Shipman, senior national correspondent for ABC News and co-author of Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success, as keynote speaker.

Roomberg has been an active member of the PBA Commission on Women in the Profession since its establishment in 1993, frequently planning and moderating programs at the group's annual meetings and preparing directories of women lawyers that served as statewide networking tools. Roomberg currently serves as a member of the commission's executive council.

"For decades, Lila has served as a role model, mentor and leader of the profession and, perhaps most importantly, offered wise counsel to women striving to combine demanding careers with family responsibilities," said Bala Cynwyd attorney Shelley R. Goldner, co-chair, PBA Commission on Women in the Profession.

Goldner said that the commission has long recognized and appreciated Roomberg's contributions. In 2002, the commission presented Roomberg with its Anne X. Alpern Award, which is given to a female lawyer or judge who demonstrates excellence in the legal profession and who makes a significant professional impact on women in the law. The award, established in 1994, was named for Anne X. Alpern, Pennsylvania's attorney general in 1959 who was the first woman state attorney general in the nation.

Roomberg co-authored an Alternative Work Arrangements Model Policy that was adopted by both the Pennsylvania Bar Association and Philadelphia Bar Association. Her book, Turning Adversaries into Allies in the Workplace, is devoted entirely to the successful implementation of alternative work arrangements. Roomberg was the founder of the Philadelphia Bar Association Child Care Services Committee.

Roomberg was one of the first women to practice in the area of public finance and in 1970 became the first woman partner at Ballard Spahr in Philadelphia.

Roomberg is a graduate of Washington Square College and the School of Law of New York University.

Registration information about the conference and the luncheon program will be posted soon on the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Web site, http://www.pabar.org.

Founded in 1895, the Pennsylvania Bar Association strives to promote justice, professional excellence and respect for the law; improve public understanding of the legal system; facilitate access to legal services; and serve the 29,000 lawyers who are members of the association.