Philadelphia Law Department Attorneys Step Up to Serve as 2024 Board Observers

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PHILADELPHIA, PA — The City of Philadelphia Law Department recently announced that two of its attorneys will serve as Board Observers for the 2024 term, in a testament to their commitment to community and justice.

Advocacy and Music: A Unique Mix

Nicole Stokes, an Assistant City Solicitor in the Commercial Law Unit, has been selected to serve on the board of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts (PMC). PMC is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to ensuring Pennsylvania’s courts are accessible, fair, and effective for all residents. Stokes’ legal expertise and dedication to justice make her an excellent fit for this role.

Ryan McSherry, a Deputy City Solicitor in the Property Assessment Unit, will bring his legal acumen to the board of Rock to the Future. This nonprofit provides free, student-driven music programs for Philadelphia youth, concentrating on areas affected by disinvestment and systems of oppression, including under-resourced schools, community locations, and juvenile justice centers. McSherry’s appointment underscores the Law Department’s commitment to supporting local communities.

Steering the Course

In addition to these appointments, Atusa Shirasb, a Deputy City Solicitor in the Regulatory Law Unit, and Amanda Stewart Hause, a Divisional Deputy City Solicitor in the Commercial Law Unit, have been appointed to serve on the Board Observer Program Steering Committee. Their involvement will help guide the future direction of the program.

Building Leaders through Observation

The Board Observer Program is a collaborative effort between the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, its Young Lawyers Division, and its Delivery of Legal Services Committee. The program offers young lawyers the opportunity to serve as an observer on the board of directors of local legal services organizations and other nonprofits.

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Over a one-year period, Board Observers gain a unique insight into the workings of these organizations. They attend board meetings and functions, and participate in committees, programs, and planning activities. This experience allows them to develop leadership skills, strengthen their professional networks, and better understand the vital role nonprofits play in our community.

Many Board Observers choose to continue serving in nonprofit board and leadership roles after their one-year term ends. Their innovative fundraising and program ideas have often resulted in significant benefits for nonprofits throughout the Philadelphia region.

The recent appointments reflect the Law Department’s ongoing commitment to public service and the development of its attorneys. These individuals will undoubtedly make valuable contributions to their respective boards and serve as outstanding representatives of the legal community in Philadelphia.

Learn more about the Philadelphia Bar Foundation Board Observer Program here.

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