SPECIAL SESSION OF COURT ON FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2017 FOR A MEMORIAL SERVICE AND THE PRESENTATION OF THE PORTRAIT OF THE HONORABLE EDMUND V. LUDWIG

Philadelphia, PA, April 3, 2017 – The Judges of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania invite attorneys to attend a Special Session of the Court for a Memorial Service and the presentation of the portrait of the Honorable Edmund V. Ludwig on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in Courtroom 12-A in the James Byrne Courthouse at 601 Market Street, Philadelphia. A reception will follow the Special Session.

Judge Ludwig served as a judge in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 1985 until his death in May, 2016. He became a senior judge 1997. Judge Ludwig was elected to the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas in 1968 and served on the state court until his appointment to the United States District Court.

Founder of the Doylestown Historical Society, Judge Ludwig served as its chairman until 2011. He was involved with various social service programs and served on the boards of organizations dealing with juvenile justice, mental health, and rights for women and the disabled. Judge Ludwig co-founded TODAY, Inc., a residential treatment drug program, in 1971 and served on its board until 1985.

Judge Ludwig was a jurist devoted to the improvement of the state and federal justice systems. Among his many achievements, he was awarded the Philadelphia Bar Association’s prestigious William J. Brennan, Jr. Award for his leadership in creating several panels of volunteer counsel to represent indigent plaintiffs in employment and prisoner civil rights cases, a “Civil Gideon” pro bono system that endures in the Eastern District of PA, continuing to provide access to justice to the federal courts. Judge Ludwig was also an educator, teaching at Hahnemann University, Temple Law School, Villanova Law School and the University of Pennsylvania.