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2010 Margret Richardson Award Recipient,
The Honorable Rhonda Lee Daniele

By Melissa M. Boyd, Esq. (for MBA SIDEBAR)


              On Wednesday, September 29, 2010, The Honorable Rhonda Lee Daniele was the worthy recipient of the Margaret Richardson Award, an award presented by the Montgomery County Bar Association.  The recipient of this award, selected by the Women in the Law Committee, is an attorney who has advanced the role of women in the field of law.  The award was presented to Judge Daniele at a cocktail reception at the Bar Association Building.  The reception was extremely well-attended by both members of the Bar and the Bench, which was kindly noted by Judge Daniele in her acceptance speech for the award.  Donations were received by many law firms so that the event could be offered to all guests free of charge.  The law firms making donations included:  Wisler, Pearlstine, LLP; Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby LLP; Vetrano & Vetrano; Shemtob Law, P.C.; Sattin & Ronca LLC; Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C.;  Lynch & Mirable, LLP; Law Offices of Marie Patterson; Law Offices of Betty Lupo; High Swartz, LLP; Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin, P.C.; Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin; Fox Rothschild LLP; Elliott, Greenleaf & Siedzikowksi, P.C.; Cozen O'Connor; and Bleczinski, Kleiman & Klein, LLC.

              The Margaret Richardson Award has been presented every other year and the most recent recipients have included: Mary MacNeil Killinger, Esquire (2003), Mary Cushing Doherty, Esquire (2006) and the Honorable Susan Peikes Gantman (2008).  Margaret Richardson was the first female member of the Montgomery County Bar Association whose pioneering efforts were highlighted in Chair of the Women in Law Committee, Denise Vicario, Esquire’s opening remarks at the September 29th reception.  Richardson began her career as a stenographer in the office of Irvin P. Knipe, Esquire.  While working in his office she applied for registration as a law student and was later accepted into the Bar in 1899.

              Members of the Bar Association were privileged to have the Honorable Susan Pikes Gantman, Judge for the Superior Court of Pennsylvania attend the reception and present the award to Judge Daniele.  Judge Gantman spoke about the inspiring career of Judge Daniele and her public service commitments.  It is impressive to note that Judge Daniele was the first Child Advocate in Montgomery County in her long tenure as Assistant Public Defender and Director of Child Advocacy in the Public Defender’s Office.   Judge Daniele became the third female judge to serve on the Court of Common Pleas for Montgomery County and has been serving the citizens of Montgomery County in that capacity since 1995.  She is also extremely active in her life outside the courtroom, serving as a member and leader of many other civic organizations.  In the past, Judge Daniele has served as President and on the Advisory Board to the Montgomery County MH-MR Emergency Service.

              The Margaret Richardson Award is awarded to a woman “trailblazer” who has advanced the role of women in the legal profession and furthered women’s legal rights.  Judge Daniele is a trailblazer in every sense of the word.  Judge Daniele’s humility and gratitude in accepting the award exemplify yet another reason why she was the right person to receive this award.  Her kind and witty remarks were graciously received by the crowd of people gathered at the Bar building to honor such a deserving recipient.  Congratulations to Judge Daniele on a well deserved honor!


Pictured below from left to right: The Honorable Susan Peikes Gantman, the Honorable Rhonda Lee Daniele and Denise Vicario