Access to Justice for All

Joseph A. Tate, VLS '66, Stephen Brown, VLS '76, and Professor Doris Brogan, VLS '81

Joseph Tate ‘66 (center) received the Villanova Law Alumni Association
Gerald Abraham Award for Service to Villanova University School of
Law in 2010. Tate poses with his Dechert colleague Stephen Brown ’76
and Professor Doris Brogan ’81

Joseph A. Tate ‘66 has been named a recipient of the Community Legal Services’ (CLS) Champion of Justice Award, in honor of his commitment to assuring access to justice for all. The award was presented during the CLS’ 24th annual Breakfast of Champions on June 5, 2013.

A member of the CLS Board of Trustees and its Leadership Council, Tate has chaired the organization’s Bar Campaign Committee for over 10 years, raising funds to sustain CLS’s mission to provide free legal services in civil cases to low-income Philadelphians. He recently co-chaired CLS’ successful “Stand Up for Justice” capital campaign, fostering extensive private support for the new CLS North Philadelphia Law Center at Broad Street and Erie Avenue.

“Each one of us has an obligation to help the less fortunate in our community,” said Tate. “We need to recognize that the poor need legal services as much as the rest of us, and if we fail them, we fail as a community. Community Legal Services helps us fulfill our promise, as members of the legal community, to help the poor.”

Tate, a partner at Dechert LLP, earned both his undergraduate and law degree from Villanova University. He serves as Vice Chair on Villanova University School of Law’s Board of Consultors and was President of the Villanova Law Alumni Association from 1993 to 1995. Balancing a tremendous professional career and a passion for social justice, Tate exemplifies what it means to be a Villanova lawyer, practicing the Augustinian ideals of Veritas, Unitas, Caritas—Truth, Unity and Love.

Villanova University School of Law congratulates Joseph Tate on this impressive honor and thanks him for his service to the legal community.