An Accomplished Attorney. A graduate of Yale University and the New York University School of Law, Rick has more than 35 years of legal experience, including more than 10 years as an arbitrator and a mediator in complex cases. He specializes in construction matters, for which he has developed a national reputation. Rick is a member of the American College of Construction Lawyers, the most prestigious group of construction lawyers in the country. He currently sits on the group’s Board and has served as the Chair of the group’s Diversity Committee. Rick has written extensively and has appeared on innumerable panels on a diverse range of legal topics.
A Record of Public Service. From the earliest days of his career as a lawyer, Rick has demonstrated a commitment to public service. While still a law student, Rick volunteered with the ACLU, working in the area of due process rights. As a young lawyer, Rick became active with Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent (VIP), a group that organized lawyers to provide pro bono legal services. Rick served on the VIP Board and ultimately became President of the organization.
Rick was the first Democrat to be elected Mayor of Swarthmore. On his first day as Mayor, he joined Mayors Against Illegal Guns and often appeared and spoke at rallies for that cause, including in Harrisburg and Washington. During his tenure as Mayor, when the state legislature’s gerrymandering efforts included an attempt to divide the borough, Rick was a named plaintiff in the successful action to stop the legislature. In 2015, the Swarthmore Lions Club named Rick “Citizen of the Year,” in recognition of his contributions to the community.
In 2013 Rick began volunteering at Graterford Prison (now SCI Phoenix), a maximum-security facility about an hour north of Philadelphia. He combined his knowledge of history and the law to create a course for the men – primarily “lifers” – on the history of the American constitution. As a result of the relationships that developed from his teaching, Rick was asked by the men to become their outside liaison and assist in their effort to pass legislation that would permit parole eligibility for lifers. Rick accepted this responsibility and continues to visit the men regularly.
For many years, Rick and his family have been active in supporting the efforts of the county party and their municipal committee. On numerous occasions, Rick has served as a lawyer performing “election protection” duties on Election Day and has assisted with credentialing efforts at party conventions. He has also been a committee member with the Mid-County Democratic Committee.
A Commitment to Family and Community. Rick is very proud to say that he has been happily married to Margie McAboy for over 34 years. They have two children, Emma (28) and Abby (24), both of whom graduated from Strath Haven High School in Wallingford. Emma graduated from Vassar, and Abby from Temple, where she recently received a master’s degree in city planning. A former All-New England college soccer player, Rick thoroughly enjoyed coaching both of his daughters. For many years, Rick and his family belonged to Congregation Beth Israel in Middletown, and Rick served on its Board. Together with family friends, Rick led an effort to hold Hannukah celebrations in Swarthmore for approximately ten years.