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Judge Sandra Mazer Moss, Executive Director of the Sheller Center for Social Justice, Wins 2014 Sandra Day O’Connor Award

Judge Sandra Mazer Moss, the Executive Director of the Sheller Center for Social Justice at Temple Law School, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Sandra Day O'Connor Award by the Philadelphia Bar Association.  The award is conferred annually on a woman attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments and has furthered the advancement of women in both the profession and the community.  Prior Temple Law recipients include Dean JoAnne Epps in 2009 and Professor Marina Angel in 1996.  Dean Epps is also the 2014 recipient of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award.

Prior to joining the Sheller Center, Judge Moss was a Civil Division Judicial Team Leader in the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania. Her duties included supervising a voluminous docket of complex medical malpractice, products liability and catastrophic accident cases, while overseeing a team of six trial judges. She is the founder and coordinating judge emeritus of Philadelphia's nationally recognized Complex Litigation Center.  In that capacity she created ground breaking case management procedures in Mass Tort Litigation particularly in Asbestos and eighteen Pharmaceutical Programs where she supervised over 9,000 mass tort cases.

Judge Moss received the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2007 Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award which recognizes a jurist who adheres to the highest ideals of judicial service.  She was also selected as the Beasley School of Law's Certificate of Honor Recipient at Temple University's Founder's Day Celebration in 2008.  In 2010 the Philadelphia Legal Intelligencer honored her as a Woman of Distinction.  The Bar Association's State Civil Litigation Section at its 2011 annual meeting honored Judge Moss for distinguished service and dedication to their organization and to the Court.  In 2013 Judge Moss was inducted into the National Trial Lawyer's Hall of Fame recognizing her Twenty-Five year contribution to Mass Tort Litigation.

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