Joseph M. Manko is a founding partner of Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1991. Mr. Manko has served since 1988 as a lecturer-in-law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, teaching courses on environmental law, practice and policy, and since 1989 as a guest lecturer at Vermont Law School. The University of Pennsylvania named Mr. Manko the Grant Irey lecturer for the Academic Year 1989-1990 and the Thomas A. O'Boyle lecturer for the Academic Year 2000-2001. He is also a lecturer-in-law for the Temple University Master of Law program, teaching a 7-week program in Beijing, China in the spring of 2001, with Robert Fox. He has lectured on a wide variety of environmental topics including Superfund, land recycling, indoor air liability, and the financial disclosure of environmental liabilities.
Mr. Manko serves as a distinguished neutral for environmental issues for the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, ADR Options, Inc., and the Dispute Resolution Institute. He also serves on the CPR Commission on the Future of Arbitration which recently published
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Mr Manko has served as a Master for the Delaware Valley Environmental American Inn of Court since 1997. Earlier in his career, he served as chairman of the Environmental Department at Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen and as the Regional Counsel of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Middle Atlantic Region.
Mr. Manko is a Director of the Lower Merion Conservancy and an honorary director of the Philadelphia Geriatric Center. He is serving his sixth four-year term as a member of the Lower Merion Township Board of Commissioners, having served in the past as its vice president and president. Mr. Manko was recently chosen to serve as General Counsel and Board Member to the Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia. He was appointed by Governor Ridge to serve as a Commissioner on Pennsylvania's 21st Century Environment Commission. He has also been elected to the Board of Directors of 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania and the Metropolitan Philadelphia Policy Center. He served as a board member of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute from 1997-2000 and was named the outstanding Conservation Professional for 2000 by the Pennsylvania Wildlife Federation for his “personal commitment to the improvement of environmental quality in the Commonwealth.” Mr. Manko was also selected as the recipient of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Environmental, Mineral & Natural Resources Law Section's Annual Award for 2001, in recognition of "outstanding contribution to the development, improvement and furtherance of the profession of environmental law in Pennsylvania, the general benefit to the community as a result of those efforts, and for outstanding personal achievements."
Mr. Manko served as Chairman of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council from 1988 until 1999, and remains on their Board of Directors where he has served for more than 20 years. He has also served as Vice Chairman of the Environmental Law Committee of the American Bar Association, and as Vice Chairman of the State Water Law Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Mr. Manko has also served as Chairman of the Environmental Law Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association.
Mr. Manko graduated cum laude from Harvard University Law School in 1964 and magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University in 1961.