Former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, who died October 14 at age 82, was described by two Ballard Spahr attorneys as smart and cantankerous. Former Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell remembered Mr. Specter as a friend and mentor who remained feisty up until the end of his life.

"No public servant or elected official has done more for the people of Pennsylvania in their career, with the possible exception of Benjamin Franklin," said Mr. Rendell, a Ballard Spahr attorney.

Arthur Makadon, a Ballard Spahr partner and a confidante of Mr. Specter, said a highlight of the former senator's career was his role as lead interrogator in the confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork.

"Bork was smart but not as penetratingly smart as Arlen," Mr. Makadon said. "Arlen beat Bork on Bork's turf. No one else in the Senate could have done that . . . Arlen undressed him in public view. That was Arlen at his best."