News

  • December 6, 2017 - Harrisburg: The Commission held its Quarterly Meeting.
  • November 17, 2017 - Philadelphia: Executive Director Lisette McCormick presented and moderated a program on the death penalty at the 2017 Justice Forum, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of PA.
  • November 17, 2017 - Washington, D.C.: Commission member Judge Kim Berkeley Clark received that National Center for State Courts William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence for her work in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Family Division. The award recognized Judge Clark’s national reputation for transforming the way children and families who enter the court system are treated, by creating a “trauma-informed” courthouse.
  • October 31, 2017 - State College, PA: Jury Service Committee members Rick Pierce and Patrick Martin presented a program on jury issues for the PA Association of Court Management, including talking points from the Commission’s report, Best Practices for Jury Selection and Service in PA.

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The Interbranch Commission implements recommendations from the Report of The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Committee on Racial, and Gender Bias in The Justice System. View the Report

Members

  • Helen E. Casale, Esq. (Chair)
  • Lee Carpenter, Esq.
  • Judge Kathryn Mary Hens-Greco
  • Lisa M. Herbert, Esq.
  • Keith B. Joseph, Esq.
  • Lucille Marsh, Esq.
  • Gerri Sperling, Esq.
  • Nora Winkelman, Esq.

 

Reports

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Rights (G.L.B.T) Committee

Helen E. Casale, Esq. chairs the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Rights (G.L.B.T) Committee. The GLBT Rights Committee works to end discrimination against GLBT Pennsylvanians in our courts and throughout the Commonwealth. GLBT Pennsylvanians have seen enormous progress in expansion of their legal rights in recent years. In 2014, Whitewood v. Wolf lifted Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage. The United States Supreme Court extended this right to all Americans in 2015 when it decided the landmark case of Obergefell v. Hodges. However, GLBT Pennsylvanians still lack legal protections against discrimination in many facets of their daily lives, including housing, workplace, and public accommodation discrimination.