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Philip Werner Amram, American lawyer. Bar: Pennsylvania 1927, District of Columbia 1945. Decorated officier French Legion of Honor, Commander Ordre des Palmes Academiques.


Amram, Philip Werner was born on March 14, 1900 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of David Werner and Beulah (Brylawski) Amram.


In 1927, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and later as a faculty member from 1929 to 1942.


He received a B.A. in liberal arts from the University of Pennsylvania in 1920, and a B.S. in agriculture from Pennsylvania State College in 1922. During World War II, he served as special assistant to the Attorney General. He was an expert on international private law and served as the chairman of the United States delegation to the 1972 Hague Conference on International Private Law.

He also served as president of La Fondation de l'Ecole Francaise Internationale and was a legal adviser to the French Embassy. He was awarded numerous honors, including commander of the French Légion d'honneur and L'Ordre des Palmes Academiques. While serving as editor-in-chief of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Amram threatened to resign his post when the law school dean attempted to bar Sadie Alexander from becoming the first African-American woman elected to the board of editors.

The dean relented, and Alexander was permitted to join the law review. Amram's primary area of expertise was in legal disputes between private citizens of different countries. He was also an expert on Pennsylvania Law, and authored numerous books on the topic, including Amram's Pennsylvania Common Pleas Practice (1970), New Federal Rules in Pennsylvania (1938) and Goodrich-Amram Pennsylvania Procedural Rules Service (published annually from 1940 through 1980).

His father was David Werner Amram, a prominent lawyer and early American Zionist. The Philip Werner Amram Award was established in his honor in 1990.


  • Bar: Pennsylvania 1927, District of Columbia 1945.


Associate trustee law school University Pennsylvania, 1959-1976. President United Community Services of Washington, 1956-1968, La Fondation de l'Ecole Française Internationale de Washington, 1966-1976. Served as Second lieutenant infantry United States Army, World War I. Member American Law Institute, Military Order Foreign Wars, American Bar Association (prize for private international law 1983), Federal Bar Association, International Bar Association, state and local bar associations, Order of Coif, Phi Kappa Phi.

Clubs: Cosmos.


Married Emilie S. Weyl, December 18, 1924. Children– Mariana B., David Werner, III. Married Helen M. Costello, June 5, 1982.

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