Allegheny County Bar Association’s Homer S. Brown Division to Host 14th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast on January 21

Attorney Eric W. Springer will receive The Drum Major For Justice Award

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – January 18, 2013. Officers of the Homer S. Brown Division of the Allegheny County Bar Association today announced that the Division will host the 14th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast on January 21 at Mount Ararat Baptist Church in East Liberty. The event will begin with a buffet breakfast at 7:30 a.m. followed by a brief program beginning at 8:30 a.m. The media is invited to attend.

According to Gerald S. Robinson, III, Chair of the Homer S. Brown Division, “The Homer S. Brown Division is proud to again be hosting this prayer breakfast in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We want to ensure that the lessons Dr. King taught us are never forgotten, and the prayer breakfast provides the opportunity for the members of the community to come together to celebrate Dr. King’s life.”

Attorney Eric Springer will receive the prestigious Drum Major For Justice Award. The name of the award originates from one of Dr. King’s final sermons about a eulogy that might be given in the event of his death. According to Dr. King, “If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter.”

Eric Springer has been an attorney for over 50 years and is a distinguished community and civil rights leader in Pittsburgh. He is a retired senior partner and serves of counsel to the law firm of Horty, Springer, and Mattern, P.C., which he co-founded in 1971 as one of the first law firms in the country specializing in health and hospital law. In 1994, his colleagues elected him to be President of the Allegheny County Bar Association, the first African American to hold this position. He has served on the boards of civil rights organizations such as the NAACP and the Urban League, as well as several hospitals and foundations.

A native of New York, Mr. Springer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University and graduated from New York University School of Law. Following law school, he served for several years in the United States Army and clerked for the Honorable Mathew M. Levy, a judge on the Supreme Court of New York.  He moved to Pennsylvania to join the University of Pittsburgh faculty as an associate professor in the School of Law and a research professor in the Graduate School of Public Health. He served as director of compliance for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 1968, and as vice president and director of publications for Aspen Systems Corporation from 1968 to 1971, when he opened the law firm where he would practice for the next 40 years. Mr. Springer has edited and authorizes several books and has written for health and legal journals.

Mr. Springer and his wife Cecile have been married for over 50 years. They have two children, Brian and Christina, and five grandchildren.

According to Mark Vuono, President of the Allegheny County Bar Association, Eric Springer is an excellent choice for the Drum Major for Justice Award. “This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to civil rights in western Pennsylvania and to the improvement of the local African-American community,” said Vuono. “The individual should exemplify the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. of civil rights, peace, and social justice. Eric is extremely deserving of this honor.”

Mount Ararat Baptist Church is located at 271 Paulson Ave. in East Liberty.

The Homer S. Brown Division (“HSBD”) is a professional division of the Allegheny County Bar Association of with approximately 200 African-American attorneys and jurists. The division seeks to increase the legal knowledge of the community, protect political and civil rights, assist local law students, and benefit members by providing employment information, continuing legal education, and practice development opportunities.


Gerald S. Robinson, III Esq.
Homer S. Brown Division
Allegheny County Bar Association

Mark T. Vuono, Esquire
Allegheny County Bar Association

Tom Loftus
Director of Marketing and Media Relations
Allegheny County Bar Association