Zane Johnson, Esquire, Managing Attorney
A graduate of Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, where he was named an Eve Biskind Klothen Law Student Award winner in recognition of his commitment to pro bono service, Zane was appointed Managing Attorney of PLSE on January 5, 2018. he began his legal career with PLSE as one of just thirty-three Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellows nationwide. Working primarily on the Criminal Records Expungement Project, he has taught and supervised scores of volunteers as they performed intakes and prepared petitions for hundreds of PLSE clients. In 2017 alone, he personally represented more than 350 clients, filing over 1625 expungement petitions on their behalf, with a success rate of over 98%. He also helped launch the new partnership with the Philadelphia Association of Paralegals whose members will provide pro bono assistance, potentially allowing PLSE to double the reach of its expungement services. In addition to his work with PLSE, Zane serves today as Zone 1 Co-Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Division and a member of its Executive Council; works as a facilitator for Good Shepherd Mediation’s Juvenile Offender Diversion Program; and sits on the board of the nonprofit organization, Art for Justice. As Managing Attorney, he supervises PLSE’s Criminal Record Expungement Project and Fair Employment Opportunities Project, and manages relationships with community partners.
Tobey Oxholm has been a fixture of Philadelphia’s pro bono legal community for decades, having been a Trustee of Community Legal Services for twenty years and a co-founder of Philadelphia VIP, the Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project, and the Homeless Advocacy Project. He began his service with PLSE as a volunteer staff attorney in September 2016 and was appointed its Interim Executive Director in January 2018. Within the Philadelphia Bar Association, he served for a decade as an Officer and member of the Board of Governors, chaired the Delivery of Legal Services Committee, and helped create the Public Interest Section. Following graduation from Harvard Law School in 1979, his career as a civil litigator began at Dechert LLP, included service in the Philadelphia Office of the City Solicitor and partnership in Fox Rothschild, and ended as General Counsel of Drexel University, after which he went on to senior administrative leadership positions in three area universities and one community college.
Katherine M. Zuk, Communications & Outreach Coordinator
Katherine first started volunteering for PLSE in July 2017 as a researcher and volunteer coordinator, after relocating to Philadelphia from Washington, DC. In recognition of her many skills and her passion for community empowerment and organizing to promote racial and economic justice, she was appointed PLSE’s Communications and Outreach Coordinator in January 2018. In addition to managing all technological communications (including social media and website), Katherine will be developing and leading a comprehensive and innovative community outreach plan targeting communities with need, helping to identify and mobilize former clients and others with lived experience to become volunteers at clinics, program speakers, and advocates for reform, and identifying and coordinating with community partners relevant to PLSE’s strategic priorities and projects through ongoing research and evaluation. Katherine has served as a program assistant at the Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs and as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Georgetown University, which presented her with a fellowship for graduate study. She received her Bachelor of Arts with distinction in Political Science from Temple University, and is seeking masters degrees in public health and social work.
Jeffrey Eberly, Chief Financial Officer
Jeff Eberly joined PLSE in October 2017 as the Chief Financial Officer. His finance career spans over 25 years primarily working in higher education and non-profit institutions. The last 12 years, he has led and managed numerous financial and operational functions within these institutions.
He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Financial Accounting from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and his Master’s in Business Administration from Drexel University through their executive MBA program.
Michael Hardiman, Esquire, Of Counsel
Michael Hardiman brings decades of experience with employment and civil rights litigation to PLSE. For the last seven years of his career, he served as Chief Counsel for the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. He began his employment with the Commission in January 1979 as an Assistant General Counsel in the Commission’s Harrisburg Regional Office. In July 1982 he was promoted to supervising attorney and moved to the Philadelphia Regional Office where he remained until June 2005 and his appointment as Chief Counsel. His primary work concentration centered on employment discrimination litigation. In addition, he was involved with a number of urban area school district desegregation and educational equity cases. He also litigated sex equity/athletic program cases; physical disability/accessibility cases; age discrimination/pension cases; and private club/access cases.
Mr. Hardiman received his undergraduate degree from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and he graduated cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Mr. Sias has clerked at the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and manages an appellate-oriented civil rights and immigration practice in Philadelphia. Mr. Sias graduated magna cum laude from Western Michigan University, and received his law degree from Yale Law School.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Ryan Allen Hancock, Esquire, Board Chair
Ryan Hancock is Of Counsel and chair of Willig, Williams & Davidson’s Employment Group where he counsels and represents clients in all matters related to their employment. Prior to joining Willig, Williams & Davidson, he served as Assistant Chief Counsel with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC), the Commonwealth’s civil rights enforcement agency. While there, he successfully litigated a wide range of discrimination matters including but not limited to claims of: sexual orientation, religious accommodation, disability, race, sex and denial of employment based on a criminal record. Mr. Hancock is the author of The Double Bind: Obstacles to Employment and Resources for Survivors of the Criminal Justice System, 15 U. Pa. J.L. & Soc. Change 515 2011-2012 and the principal author of the PHRC policy entitled Disparate Impact Discrimination Implications Related to a Denial of Employment Based on a Criminal Record. Ryan received his law degree from Rutgers School of Law and clerked in Camden County Superior Court, Criminal Division, for the Honorable David G. Eynon. He was one of PLSE’s co-founders and has served on the Board ever since.
Jennifer H. Sperling, Esquire, Secretary
Ms. Sperling is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Villanova University School of Law and Interim Director of the Civil Justice Clinic. The Civil Justice Clinic represents low-income individuals in a range of issues, including landlord-tenant, support and custody, employment, disability benefits, and expungement of child abuse records. Ms. Sperling has lived and worked in Philadelphia since 2008. She moved to Philadelphia to clerk for the Honorable Anita B. Brody in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, after which she served as a Staff Attorney for the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from 2009-2011, and in-house counsel for Greenpeace USA from 2011-2013. Ms. Sperling received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 2005.
Cherylle C. Corpuz, Chair of Reger Rizzo & Darnall’s Immigration Practice Group, focuses her practice on immigration and nationality law. She is a leader in the immigration field, having spent more than 22 years counseling a broad range of individual and institutional clients on immigration matters and advocating before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of State, and immigration and federal courts.
Ms. Corpuz began her career at Nationalities Service Center, where she directed the non-profit legal services department and served as Vice President responsible for the overall operations of this refugee resettlement organization. Ms. Corpuz then established her own firm providing counseling in immigration matters and representation in all venues to individuals as well as organizations, including businesses, hospitals, social service agencies, and criminal defense firms. For four years, Ms. Corpuz managed the immigration practice for a Philadelphia-based AmLaw 100 firm, where she was responsible for visa and compliance work with multi-national corporations, universities and high net worth individuals. During this time, she established the pro-bono domestic violence representation project, Safety in Numbers, which was adopted firm-wide and is still in practice today.
Outside of the office, Ms. Corpuz is a frequent speaker at CLE-accredited courses and is a mentoring attorney, as well as a former instructor with the Temple University Beasley School of Law Immigration Clinic. She is also a member of several legal and community-focused organizations, including the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Citizens Diplomacy International, the National Asian Pacific American, the National LGBT and the Philadelphia Bar Associations, as well as the Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity, among others.
Lisa Campbell, Esquire
Ms. Campbell has been a public defender at the Defender Association of Philadelphia since 2004. Currently, she is the Assistant Chief of the Juvenile unit of the Defender Association. After graduating cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law school, M. Campbell clerked for the Honorable Mary A. McLaughlin on the United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. As a public defender, M. Campbell has handles countless adult and juvenile ceases during rotations through the various trial units. She has experience handling complex and serious juvenile cases, as well as leading and training teams of attorneys in the Juvenile Unit. M. Campbell has provided training for her office as well as attorneys across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on a variety of legal issues. She currently is researching and presenting on the issue of collateral consequences of juvenile adjudications and the need for expungement of juvenile records.
Yvettee Jones-Sizer works in Philadelphia media. Ms. Jones-Sizer is also a case manager for The Montgomery County, PA Youth Aid Panel, a juvenile diversionary program that serves as an alternative to Juvenile Court or Magisterial District Court adjudication and provides the juvenile an opportunity to avoid a criminal record.
She is an executive of the NAACP in Montgomery County, PA and has also served as Director for the NAACP Youth and College Division. While serving in both NAACP executive roles Yvettee has been a driving force in creating both successful youth diversionary programs and mentoring programs as well as working in areas that address civil engagement, healthcare, criminal justice, economic opportunities, and media diversity.
Yvettee holds several board memberships and volunteer positions in Montgomery County, PA that serve/advocate for youth, women and minorities. Yvettee has a degree in Education.
Hillary is a zealous advocate for nonprofit organizations. She believes that all clients, both large and small, deserve the best possible legal representation. With a background in criminal defense and big-firm litigation, where she represented clients in complex and highly sensitive matters, Hillary navigates difficult situations and facilitates positive outcomes with ease.
By establishing deep and lasting relationships, Hillary is able to truly understand what organizations need to succeed. An informed advocate and advisor, Hillary understands organizations’ missions and operations as if she were on staff. She provides valuable expertise and perspectives on matters before the courts, and also enjoys advising clients on their day-to-day legal matters.