On December 4, 2007, the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Section presented the 8th annual Martha J. Hampton Memorial Award to Workers’ Compensation Judge Pamela Santoro.
Judge Santoro was recognized for the unlimited amount of time she has devoted to developing a voluntary mediation system. She was also the original Judge to oversee Resolution Court, which has allowed parties to quickly and promptly resolve disputed cases. Judge Santoro has shown compassion and understanding to injured workers while maintaining a level of fairness and impartiality. The Judge is a former co-chair of the Workers’ Compensation section and is the pro bono Workers’ Compensation judge representative for the Philadelphia Bar Association.
The Martha J. Hampton Memorial award honors former Galfand Berger partner, Martha Hampton, who was committed to the practice of Workers’ Compensation law. Each year a committee reviews nominations of an attorney or judge who best exemplifies Martha’s unique compassion, dedication, professionalism and good will. Martha’s interests went beyond the individual cases she litigated. Martha believed in the viability and importance of the Workers’ Compensation section of the Bar Association. She was a past president of the section and participated in activities as varied as writing informative articles for the Legal Intelligencer to testifying before subcommittees in Harrisburg on proposed legislation.
Martha enjoyed the role she played as a mentor or educator. She also maintained close friendships among her peers. She had the ability to be a strong advocate in the courtroom and, in the next moment, have coffee with opposing counsel discussing only personal matters not legal ones. It is this respect for people and the profession, which led to the creation of this award.
Each year, the law firm of Galfand Berger, LLP makes a charitable contribution — on the Section’s behalf and in honor of the award recipient — to Kids Chance, an organization that helps youngsters who have lost a parent due to a work related injury gain a higher level of education. Kids Chance
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