The Civil Justice Gap - Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor's Forum

Philadelphia Bar AssociationThe Philadelphia Bar Association and Philadelphia Bar Association Civil Gideon Task Force will be holding a Chancellor's Forum entitled The Civil Justice Gap, on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm. at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor Conference Center, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

The forum will feature welcoming remarks from John E. Savoth, Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association followed by a moderated discussion addressing the sharp increase in the need for legal services for poor and vulnerable individuals in areas of basic human need, and exploring strategies to narrow the civil justice gap.

This forum will also highlight actual and proposed developments to increase access to justice in Pennsylvania and other jurisdictions and facilitate a discussion on how key stakeholders can work collaboratively on improving access to justice.


Joseph A. Sullivan
Special Counsel and Director of Pro Bono Programs, Pepper Hamilton LLP
Co-Chair, Civil Gideon Task Force


Karen C. Buck
Executive Director, SeniorLAW Center
Co-Chair, Civil Gideon Task Force Housing Working Group


  • Hon. Fern A. Fisher
    Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for New York City Courts
    Director, New York State Courts Access to Justice Program
    Member, New York Task Force to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services
  • Hon. Anne E. Lazarus
    Judge, Pennsylvania Superior Court
    Member, Civil Gideon Task Force
  • Sen. Stewart J. Greenleaf
    R-Montgomery/Bucks, 12th Senatorial District
    Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Louis S. Rulli
    Practice Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Programs, University of Pennsylvania Law School
    Co-Chair, Civil Gideon Task Force Communications and Education Working Group


This event is free and open to all Association members and their guests. RSVP is required.

Lunch is available for purchase for $8.00 (Association members) and $9.50 (nonmembers) if reserved in advance.

To RSVP, click here. For more information, contact Joseph A. Sullivan, Co-Chair, Civil Gideon Task Force, at; or Catherine C. Carr, Co-Chair, Civil Gideon Task Force, at


  • Civil Rights