Law Center Updates

Remembering Frank Finch III

We are sad to report the death of our former colleague, Frank Finch III, on Tuesday, October 16th. The Law Center was fortunate to have such an exemplar of the spirit of justice on its staff and as an outstanding member of its community of alumni.

Law Center Welcomes Dana Trexler to the Board

The Law Center is pleased to welcome Dana Trexler to its Board of Directors. She was elected by the board at their October meeting. Dana Trexler is a Partner in the Financial Advisory Services Group at EisnerAmper, with 20 years of experience. She provides expert witness services in intellectual property litigation and complex commercial litigation. […]

Law Center Submits Amicus Brief Opposing Mandatory Sentences of Life Without Parole for People with Intellectual Disabilities

On July 30, the Public Interest Law Center, partnering with pro bono counsel from Blank Rome LLP, filed an amicus brief in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania in Sherman McCoy v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  The case concerns an appeal by Mr. McCoy, a person with an intellectual disability (ID) who received a mandatory sentence of […]

Law Center Welcomes Katherine Hatton to the Board

The Law Center is pleased to welcome Katherine Hatton to its Board of Directors. She was elected by the board at their August meeting. Katherine Hatton is vice president, general counsel and secretary of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She was drawn to the foundation by its mission-driven approach to social change and focus on […]

The Law Center is Seeking a Web Developer to Improve Our Grounded In Philly Site

The Public Interest Law Center is seeking a web developer experienced in Django to complete an update of Grounded In Philly, a unique map-based tool for community gardeners and others who wish to return vacant land to productive use. See complete request for proposals here. Background Through our Garden Justice Legal Initiative, we provide legal, […]

Staff Attorney Ebony Griffin Appointed to Food Policy Advisory Council

On Thursday, June 14, Law Center staff attorney Ebony Griffin was appointed as a member of the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council (FPAC). FPAC connects Philadelphians and their local government to create a more just food system. They envision that all Philadelphians can access and afford healthy, sustainable, culturally appropriate, local, and fair food. In […]

Law Center Submitted Amicus Brief in Recently Decided ‘Masterpiece Cakeshop’ Supreme Court Case

On June 4, 2018, the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of baker Jack Phillips, Petitioner in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd., et. al. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, et. al. in a 7-2 decision written by Justice Anthony Kennedy. The Court’s holding in the case was narrow, based on perceived bias in the adjudication process at […]

Michael Churchill to be Honored by Education Voters of Pennsylvania

Staff attorney Michael Churchill will be honored by Education Voters of Pennsylvania at a celebratory reception on June 21st, 2018, 5:00-7:00 p.m., at Greenberg Traurig LLP. For more than three decades, Michael Churchill has fought for high quality public education for all Pennsylvania children. He has led and continues to lead the Public Interest Law […]

Law Center Welcomes Leigh Ann Buziak and Kartik Patel to the Board

The Public Interest Law Center is pleased to welcome two new members to its Board of Directors, Leigh Ann Buziak and Kartik Patel. Both were elected by the board at their annual meeting in May. Leigh Ann Buziak is a partner at Blank Rome LLP. She concentrates her practice in the area of complex commercial litigation […]

Law Center Receives Common Cause PA’s Democracy Defender Award

In appreciation of our work securing a fair and constitutional congressional district map for the state of Pennsylvania, the Public Interest Law Center has been awarded the Common Cause Pennsylvania Democracy Defender Award. We are honored to be recognized along with our redistricting lawsuit plaintiffs, the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania and 18 voters […]

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