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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


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  • Commission member Helen Casale authored an article in a recent edition of the Philadelphia Bar Association's publication Upon Further Review concerning the recent overhaul of the Pennsylvania custody law. The article can be found on the Philadelphia Bar Association's website at
  • Executive Director McCormick published an article in the Allegheny County Bar Association's December 17, 2010 edition of its Legal Journal, entitled "WLD Creates TAPS:  Everything You Wanted To Know But Were Afraid To Ask".  The article relates to the creation of a special resource repository ("TAPS") on the bar association's website, with articles, studies and other resources of assistance to female attorneys. The resource directory can be found on the Allegheny County Bar Association's website at and the article at