Some 20 years ago, my father purchased a thatch of land in the mountains of Virginia. To be exact, the land is located in Rustburg, a small town outside of Lynchburg. Many times over that time period he would ask me to make the journey with him to visit. Work schedules, family obligations and many other excuses abounded. Finally, this past July, I loaded my two sons, Jonathan and Jackson and my father into my truck and we ventured off to his Virginia retreat. Just a few minutes into the visit, I realized why these trips were so important to my father! What a beautiful experience to visit with nature in its purest state!
One night while sitting on the porch, the Lord spoke to my spirit. I thought about all of the work I had been doing for years with young people all across this country through my fraternity, church school and other charities I’ve been
associated with. I also thought about my professional experience. I’ve spent the last six years of my life as a sales leader for 77 WABC in New York City. Our primary personality is Don Imus. Don Imus, a little over two decades ago, opened a ranch in Ribera, New Mexico for kids with cancer. Each week of every summer, he brings sick children or the siblings of children who have died from one of these terrible diseases, out to the ranch to teach them that they do not have to be defined by their circumstances. He and his family have changed the lives of hundreds of young people through their efforts.
As the Lord continued to speak to me, he revealed to me that there are young people in cities all across this country that are being defined by their circumstances. They are being type cast as a result of their zip code. Mental road blocks are being placed in their way early in life that will stop them from stepping into their greatness if caring individuals don’t step in and show them that ‘THEY CAN’ succeed in spite of it all!
Believe it or not, some of these young people never get an opportunity to leave their cities of origin. They never get a
chance to go to camp or experience a different way of life. Some operate within a ten mile radius of their birthplace for the first sixteen years of their lives! Think about how blessed some of you were growing up and think about how sad that thought is!
Sitting there, I realized that the first forty years of my life were preparing me for my true life’s work. That work is to
develop and bring to fruition Camp New Joy!
Daniel J. Tann, Esquire was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Gladys L. Tann and Fee Otis Tann. He is the youngest of three children.
He is a 1982 graduate of LaSalle University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a dual major in Accounting and Organizational Behavior Management. While at LaSalle, Dan was elected President of the Student Senate, served on the University Student Affairs Committee, chartered a collegiate chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and was a student representative on the University’s President's Council.
In 1982, Mr. Tann was awarded the Joseph Drogan Scholarship to study law at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. While at Drake, he demonstrated his capacity for leadership when was elected President of the local chapter of the Black Law Students of America, represented Drake University in the National Frederick Douglas Moot Court Competition and reactivated the alumni chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. During his last year of law school, he was recognized in "Who's Who Among American Law Students" and received the "Dean's Service Award."
In 1985, Dan graduated from Drake University with a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree and began practicing law with the Philadelphia firm of Spear, Wilderman, Sigmond, Borish, Endy, and Silverstein as an associate in the general practice division where he later became the Department Manager. From 1989 – 2001 he was the Senior Litigation Attorney with the firm of Gordon & Weinberg, P.C. practicing in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Collections, Bankruptcy, Matrimonial Law, Personal Injury, Real Estate, Civil Litigation and Criminal Law. In January 2002, he fulfilled a professional goal and founded the Law Offices of Daniel J. Tann, a full service law firm with the motto of “The Attorney For All Generations” as one of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s premier firms dedicated to providing legal services to people from all walks of life.
He continues his involvement in professional and social organizations which include the Philadelphia Barrister's Association, The National Bar Association, The Philadelphia Bar Association, The American Bar Association, The NAACP, Volunteers in Aid of Sickle Cell Anemia, the Gloucester County Minority Coalition, American Diabetes Foundation, and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated where he served three terms as Director for the Eastern Region, International Legal Counsel and is the current Chief of Staff for the International President.
He has served on the Board of Directors for the Market West Neighborhood Planners, Inc., Nu Sigma Youth Services, President's Council of Associates for LaSalle University, LaSalle University Alumni Association, the African American Alumni Association of LaSalle University, Fair Housing Council of Southern New Jersey and the Philadelphia Boy Scouts of America. Currently, he sits on the board of the Waynesboro Area Learning Tree, Inc. and Spectrum Health Services, Inc. Dan also is the Diversity Director the General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division of the American Bar Association and is on the Steering Committee for the ABA Death Penalty Representation Project.
For his professional achievements and outstanding accomplishments, he has been accepted into Who's Who Among Emerging Leaders, Who's Who in American Law, Outstanding Young Men of America, and Who's Who Among Black Americans. He has been presented with numerous awards from Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. including the Distinguished Service Award, which is the organizations highest honor.
Daniel J. Tann, Esquire currently resides in Deptford, New Jersey, with his wife, Tamitra, son, Joey, and they are members of First Baptist Church of Jericho. They share the home with, Agnes “the cat”, and Liyla “the dog”, who really control the household.