About this Collection
Water M. Phillips interviewed over 150 civic and political leaders on subjects related to Philadelphia city government and history between the late 1930s and the 1970s. Related collection: Walter M. Phillips, Sr. Papers (Acc. 527)
About this Interview
In this oral history, Jerome Shestack, who was deputy city solicitor discusses his time and actions in that position. He helped with the codification of all the laws of the city of Philadelphia, a requirement of the new city charter of 1951. He left that position in 1955 after having argued several important cases before the Supreme Court of Pa., particularly ones involving anti-discrimination, human rights, etc. In this interview he also tells of his memories of Abe Freedman, Philadelphia city solicitor and William Schnader, who was active in many civic organizations as well as municipal government .
Biographical / Historical Note
Walter M. Phillips, Sr. (1912-1985) was active in Philadelphia civic and political life for over thirty years. He worked and volunteered in a variety of city and regional organizations. After retiring, Phillips initiated an oral history project, interviewing in the 1970s many individuals with whom he had worked.
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