PRO BONO STAFF
Michael Lee, Executive Director and Supervising Attorney
Mike Lee, Esquire is a practicing human rights attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mr. Lee is a zealous advocate and firmly believes that the rights of the people deserve to be protected and cherished to a greater degree than property interests. Shortly after graduation, Mr. Lee started his own law firm, The Law Office of Michael Lee, which utilizes a community lawyering model to address Philadelphian’s legal needs. Currently, Mr. Lee focuses on criminal defense in Philadelphia County. Simultaneously, Mr. Lee co-founded Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity, a Pennsylvania not-for-profit legal aid organization, and its keystone project the Criminal Record Expungement Project, (C-REP). As managing attorney for C-REP, Mr. Lee has argued thousands of expungement and redaction petitions in Philadelphia County over the last 18 months.
In addition to providing direct legal aid, Mr. Lee advocates for progressive criminal record reform. Mr. Lee is currently the Chair of the National Lawyer’s Guild Committee on Democratic Communications. As chair, Mr. Lee has published several comments with the Federal Communications Commission on issues including low power radio licenses for communities, advocating for consumer rights, digital rights, and first amendment protections in the information age. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Mr. Lee is a graduate of the 259th graduating class of Central High School, the George Washington University for undergraduate studies, and is a graduate of Drexel Law School’s Inaugural Class of 2009.
Michael Hardiman, Of Counsel
Mr. Hardiman worked for the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission for over thirty-three years. For the last seven years of his career at the Commission he served as Chief Counsel for the Commission. He retired in July 2012. 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/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. Hardimancompleted his undergraduate degree at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and he graduated cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Meredith Zeitzer, Advocacy Coordinator
Ms. Zeitzer is a second year law student at Temple University Beasley School of Law currently serves as the Committee Chair for the National Lawyers Guild’s County Prison Voting Project at Temple. Most recently, Meredith interned at the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project, where she assisted attorneys in litigating prisoners’ rights cases. Prior to law school, Ms. Zeitzer worked as a campaign organizer, organizing volunteers for several political and issue-based campaigns, including attorney Michael Turner’s bid for District Attorney of Philadelphia in 2010. Ms. Zeitzer also served as a field organizer on behalf of President Barack Obama in his 2008 presidential campaign. Notably in 2008, she organized a student-led voter registration drive on Temple University’s main campus and assisted in a state-wide Get Out The Vote (GOTV) campaign in Colorado. Ms. Zeitzer graduated with honors from Tufts University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both English and French Literature.
Kevin Krainz, Intake Coordinator
Mr. Krainz is a second-year student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. He is a Toll Public Interest Scholar and Associate Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change. During law school, he has focused his efforts on eviction defense, protecting the rights of migrant workers, and promoting housing and employment policies that adequately address the collateral consequences of a criminal record. In addition to his work with C-REP, Kevin also coordinates Penn Law’s participation in the Pardon Me Clinic, a collaboration with X-Offenders for Community Empowerment. The Pardon Me Clinic assists individuals seeking a second chance at employment opportunities through the state pardon process. Prior to law school, Mr. Krainz worked on expungement and executive clemency matters as a full-time volunteer at Cabrini Green Legal Aid in Chicago.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Cherylle C. Corpus, Esq.
Ms. Corpuz has extensive experience in all aspects of immigration law. For more than 17 years, she has counseled a broad range of individual and institutional clients on immigration matters and advocated before the USCIS, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of State, and immigration and federal courts. Ms. Corpuz represents employers and employees, executives and managers, investors, artists, athletes, scientists, and researchers, as well as asylum seekers, crime victims and naturalization applicants.
Ms. Corpuz began her career at Nationalities Service Center, where she directed the nonprofit 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. From 2006 to 2010, Ms. Corpuz served as Of Counsel at Blank Rome LLP managing the immigration practice and from 2010 to 2011 she served as Of Counsel to Orlow Kaplan and Hohenstein.
Ms. Corpuz is a leader in the immigration bar having served as the chair of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and many other chapter committees. She is a frequent speaker for CLE-accredited courses and a mentoring attorney, as well as a former instructor with the Temple University Beasley School of Law Immigration Clinic. She is currently the co-chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s newly formed Immigration Law Committee.
Ryan Allen Hancock, Esq.
Mr. Hancock is a Supervising Assistant Chief Counsel with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the Commonwealth’s civil rights enforcement agency. Mr. Hancock received his law degree from Rutgers School of Law in 2003 and subsequently clerked in Camden County Superior Court, Criminal Division for the Honorable David G. Eynon. Mr. Hancock co-founded and is currently Board Chair for the Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE) and its Criminal Record Expungement Project (C-REP).
Mr. Hancock has co-convened the Drexel Summer Theory Institute at the Earle Mack School of Law for the past two years. He was a Board Member of the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Journal of Law and Social Change and is the author of The Double Bind: Obstacles to Employment and Resources for Survivors of the Criminal Justice System, 15 Pa. J. L. & Soc. Change Issue 4 (2012) (forthcoming). Mr. Hancock has also served as the supervising attorney for Penn Law’s International Human Rights Advocates (IHRA) and the student chapter of the Criminal Record Expungement Project.
Jennifer Sperling, Esq.
Ms. Sperling is an attorney with Greenpeace, an international environmental campaigning organization. Prior to joining Greenpeace, Ms. Sperling was a staff attorney for the Third Circuit federal court of appeals, and clerked for the Honorable Anita B. Brody in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 2005. Ms. Sperling serves on the Advisory Board of Little Baby’s Ice Cream, a handmade, super premium ice cream business in Philadelphia. She is also a member of Women for Social Innovation, a group that provides one-time project grants to emerging social entrepreneurs, and a volunteer with Girls Rock Philly, a youth music and mentoring program for women and girls.
Peter Laumann, Penn Law Clinic Coordinator