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Upcoming Events

  • July 18, 2017 - Executive Director Lisette McCormick will speak as part of a panel presentation on implicit bias during the PBI’s Civil Rights Symposium.
  • September 14, 2017 - The Commission will hold its quarterly meeting in Harrisburg.
  • October 16, 2017 - The Commission is co-sponsoring a special event in honor of Retired Judge Doris Smith-Ribner, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court. The program, entitled “Trailblazers from Allegheny County: Honoring Judge Doris Smith-Ribner and Her Contributions to the Legal Profession,” will feature presentations on the intersection of race and gender and the special challenges facing women of color in the legal profession.

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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


  • 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.



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.