Civil legal representation of the indigent: Have we achieved equal access to justice?

Public Hearing

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Allegheny County Bar Association, 9th Floor Grant Room
436 Seventh Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA  15219
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Committee Testimony Packet


Honorable Max Baer
Justice, Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Forest N. Myers, Esq.
President, Pennsylvania Bar Association

Kathryn M. Kenyon, Esq.
Chair, Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership
Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP

Honorable Gary Caruso
President Judge, Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas

Ken Gormley, Esq.
Dean and Professor of Law, Duquesne University School of Law

Honorable Kathryn Hens-Greco
Judge, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, Family Division

John Lovelace
President, UPMC for You

Sonya Butts Rainey
Client of Neighborhood Legal Services Association, Medical Legal Collaborative for Patients (MLCP)

Shirl Q. Regan
President/CEO, Women’s Center & Shelter of Pittsburgh

Heather Arnet
Chief Executive Officer, Women and Girls Foundation of Southwest Pennsylvania

David Spurgeon, Esq.
Allegheny County Deputy District Attorney

Michelle DeBord, Esq.
Managing Attorney, Neighborhood Legal Services Association

Andrew Scherer, Esq.
Senior Fellow, Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, New York University Law School and Wagner School of Public Service
Principal, Andrew Sherer Consulting

Steve Grumm, Esq.
Director, Resource Center for Access to Justice Initiatives, American Bar Association

Findings and Recommendations of the Civil Legal Justice Coalition:

Jennifer R. Clarke, Esq., Executive Director, Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia
James W. Creenan, Esq., Creenan & Baczkowski, PC; President-Elect of the Allegheny County Bar Association
Samuel W. Milkes, Esq., Executive Director, Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network
Tri-Chairs, Civil Legal Justice Coalition


Honorable Dick Thornburgh
Former Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and former U.S. Attorney General

William M. Carter, Jr., Esq.
Dean and Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Max W. Laun, Esq.
Vice President and General Counsel, Alcoa

James D.  Schultz, Esq.,
General Counsel, Office of the Governor

Rochelle Jackson
Just Harvest

Barbara Penner, M.S.
Associate Director of Member Services, Standing Firm

Natalia Rudiak
Pittsburgh City Council

Dr. Jon Pletcher
Clinical Director, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Ellen Kramer, Esq., Legal Director
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence

William Higgins, Esq.
District Attorney of Bedford County

Jane Charlton, Esq.
Pro Bono Attorney

William Ingold
Client of Neighborhood Legal Services Association

Judith A. Muscante
Client of Neighborhood Legal Services Association, Medical Legal Collaborative for Patients (MLCP)

Kathleen Jasek, MSN, RN, ACM
UPMC McKeesport Hospital

Ibrahim Isaac Ghobrial, MD, FACP, MRCP
Program Director
Internal Medicine Residency Program
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
UPMC-McKeesport Hospital