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Robert David Abrahams, American lawyer, author. Founder, Philadelphia Neighborhood Law Office Plan, 1st successful legal service plan for persons in middle income group, 1939. Decorated Order of Duarte, 1945, Order of Christopher Columbus, 1957; Dominican Republic).

Background

Abrahams, Robert David was born on September 24, 1905 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of William and Anne (David) Abrahams.

Education

Bachelor of Laws, Dickinson School Law, 1925; Doctor of Laws, Dickinson School Law, 1973.

Career

Secretary to commissioner general to Europe for, Sesqui-Centennial Exposition, 1925; assistant city solicitor, 1927-1932; editor, Independent (weekly), 1932; consul at Philadelphia for Dominican Republic, 1931-1962; assistant chief counsel, Legal Aid Society Philadelphia, 1933-1950; chief counsel, Legal Aid Society Philadelphia, 1950-1973; partner, Abrahams & Loewenstein of counsel, Abrahams & Loewenstein, since 1987. Executive director Community Legal Service, 1966-1967.

Achievements

  • Founder, Philadelphia Neighborhood Law Office Plan, 1st successful legal service plan for persons in middle income group, 1939.

Works

Membership

Board of directors Pennsylvania Prison Society, president, 1968-1972. Board directors, trustee Dickinson School Law. President Community Health Center, 1945-1952, Jewish Family Service, 1951-1954.

Member expert commission on Low Cost Legal Service, American Bar Survey of Legal Profession. Founder Horatio Nelson Free Museum, Nevis. Member National Legal Aid Association (Vice-President 1957, Reginald Heber Smith award 1962), International Bar Association, American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Philadelphia Bar Association (chairman commission on public service 1961-1962, committee censors 1962-1965, Fidelity Bank award 1972), Franklin Inn Club, Tau Epsilon Rho.

Connections

Married Florence Kohn, November 21, 1929 (deceased September 23, 1975). Children: Richard Irving, Roger David, Marjorie (Mistress Clifford Slavin). Married Jane Sunstein Freedman, January 27, 1977.

father:
William Abrahams

mother:
Anne (David) Abrahams

spouse:
Jane Sunstein Freedman

spouse:
Florence Kohn

child:
Richard Irving Abrahams

child:
Roger David Abrahams

child:
Marjorie Abrahams (Mistress Clifford Slavin)