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From USMC to PBA

As a Marine, Albert Dandridge was offered prestigious Drill Instructor status. He chose to study law. The Corps’ loss was Philadelphia’s gain.

Albert Dandridge III, a partner in the Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis law firm, has become the 88th Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association and announced expanded goal in his first address. His predecessor, Bill Fedullo, challenged the Bar to help Philadelphia's schools. Dandridge is challenging the 13,000-member association to offer not just their talent, but their time, to issues ranging from poverty to homelessness to racism to treatment of veterans to various forms of substance abuse.

A man of tremendous accomplishment, Dandridge said his Vietnam-era service in the Marine Corps (he holds the Bronze Star and Purple Heart) is what he is "most proud" of.

An alum of both Temple and Penn, Dandridge is the fourth African-American Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar.

In his remarks he lauded both Bernard Segal and Cecil B. Moore as role models who "would speak out loudly about Philadelphia being the major United States city with the highest poverty rate." They would also "speak out about women and persons of color having limited opportunities to succeed."

That's why, he said, he challenges his Bar Association "to commit to enhance our service to the community."