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Staff Listing

Carol E.Tracy, Executive Director

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Carol Tracy

Carol is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and received her law degree from Temple University School of Law.  She has been working to advance women’s rights for the past thirty years.  Carol became the Executive Director the Women’s Law Project in 1990, and she has presided over major legal victories in the areas of reproductive rights, discrimination in employment, education, athletics, and welfare. Her recent work has involved several initiatives regarding Violence Against Women, including leading a major reform effort on the police handling of sex crimes in Philadelphia, and co-chairing a city-wide task force on domestic violence. Carol was appointed to the Child Welfare Review Panel in 2006 to review practices of the Department of Human Services (DHS) in Philadelphia.  Once the Review Panel completed its report, Carol was subsequently appointed to the Community Oversight Board which was charged with monitoring the implementation of the recommendations to DHS. Carol is a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and the Bryn Mawr School of Social Research. She has served on numerous boards of non-profit agencies in Philadelphia, is active in the public interest legal community, and is the recipient of many awards and honors.  She is frequently featured in local and national media.

Terry L Fromson, Managing Attorney

Terry’s entire legal career has been devoted to public interest law.  Terry is responsible for overseeing all of the WLP’s legal work and engages in impact litigation and policy initiatives.  She has worked extensively at the local, state, and national levels on a wide variety of issues. She has brought litigation seeking redress for sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination, and inequities in athletic programs.  Primary among her policy advocacy initiatives are efforts to achieve equal access to insurance, legal protection for battered women in the welfare system, improved and coordinated response to domestic violence and sexual assault in Philadelphia, and access to justice for pro se litigants in Philadelphia Family Court.  Terry received her law degree from NYU and has been on the staff of the WLP since 1994.

Dabney Miller, Associate Director

Dabney holds a Master's degree in anthropology from Duke University, where she researched the cognitive theories employed by social workers in deciding whether to remove children from their homes and served on the North Carolina Governor's Commission on Standards for Foster Care.   Ms. Miller received MSS and MLSP degrees from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.  She worked as a founding staff member of Women's Agenda, a legislative advocacy organization, based at the Women's Law Project, that promoted funding in the Pennsylvania state budget for women's and children's services.  She has been on the Women's Law Project staff since 1985 and is currently the Associate Director.  She has worked on a series of advocacy efforts relating to Philadelphia Family Court and co-authored with Carol Tracy and Terry Fromson, Justice in the Domestic Relations Division of Philadelphia Family Court: A Report to the Community (2002), which provided an exhaustive analysis of the functioning and safety of the court and the experiences of litigants; this report launched the movement, now underway, to move Family Court to an accessible and safe location.  Ms. Miller, founding co-chair of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights, also led early efforts in Pennsylvania to secure the right to second-parent adoption for lesbian and gay parents, which ultimately resulted in a ruling by the PA Supreme Court finding that the PA Adoption Act does indeed permit lesbian and gay parents to adopt the children of their partners.  She has taught Legal Advocacy and Negotiation at the Bryn Mawr College School of Social Work since 1998.

ALPHABETICAL LISTING

Amal Bass, Staff Attorney

Amal joined the WLP staff in 2006 and works in a wide variety of areas, including pregnancy/caretaking discrimination and accommodation, Title IX athletic equity and sexual harassment, employment rights, and domestic and sexual violence. In addition to participating in WLP policy advocacy related to violence against women, Amal has provided representation and assistance to many individuals who have experienced pregnancy discrimination, denial of breastfeeding opportunities, and inadequate responses by educational institutions to sexual harassment and violence. She contributes to WLP’s blog on pregnancy discrimination and other matters. Amal was a lead author on the WLP’s publication, Through the Lens of Equality: Eliminating Sex Bias to Improve the Health of Pennsylvania’s Women, released in May, 2012. Amal received her BA from Yale University and her JD from Harvard Law School.

Barbara Burgos DiTullio, Information Technology Director & Program Manager

After working with WLP for almost a decade in her role as the President of Pennsylvania NOW, Barbara joined the organization in November of 2003. As Program Manager, she coordinates efforts to educate the public about WLP's litigation, public policy and advocacy efforts. Working with staff, she develops programs to: inform Pennsylvania women about emerging issues that directly affect them, demonstrate how community involvement and civic engagement help women help themselves, provide talking points and assist constituents to connect with and lobby their representatives, and provide background information to elected officials. Barbara is also the Director of Information Technology. Because of her unique technology skills acquired from owning and operating a small computer consulting company for 16 years, Barbara oversees WLP’s technology needs including network infrastructure, migration and maintenance to cloud based technology, database design and creation, development and maintenance of web sites, and various forms of communications including social media.

Kathy Eisenberg, Office Manager

Kathy joined the staff in August 2008 and plans to be here until she retires.  She came here after 10 years working in a public elementary school, where she learned the importance of sixth grade math, to understand and respect different cultures, and to keep a large supply of chocolate and ibuprofen always on hand.  She and the office manager are the primary people responsible for telephone intake.

*Susan Frietsche, Senior Staff Attorney

Sue is a senior staff attorney in the Western Pennsylvania office of the Women's Law Project.  Since joining the Law Project staff in 1992, she has litigated, lobbied, and organized on behalf of low-income women, domestic violence survivors, reproductive health care providers and their patients, teenage women needing confidential abortions, custodial parents owed child support, lesbian and gay parents, incarcerated women, and pregnant women excluded from substance abuse treatment.  In addition to her work at the Women’s Law Project, Ms. Frietsche is an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where she teaches a course called “Reproduction, Sexuality and the Law.  She also taught a seminar on sex discrimination at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  Ms. Frietsche is the co-author of “Preserving the Core of Roe:  Reflections on Planned Parenthood v. Casey,” published in the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism. She is a graduate of Temple Law School and Bryn Mawr College.

Tara Murtha, Associate Director of Strategic Communications

Tara joined Women’s Law Project after many years as a full-time journalist covering social justice issues through long-form stories and in-depth policy and media analysis. Her work has earned many national, state and local journalism awards, including Distinguished Writer honors from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association three times and national first-place awards from the Association for Alternative Newsmedia. Her work exploring how the media portrays violence led to a 2012 Ochberg Fellow at Columbia University’s Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma. A reported essay detailing the Kermit Gosnell case and its ripple effect on abortion regulations across the country has been anthologized by CherryBomb Books. In addition to social justice work, she writes about music and pop culture, and is the author of Ode to Billie Joe for the critically acclaimed 33 1/3 series published by Bloomsbury Academic. She earned a master’s degree in English & Publishing from Rosemont College, and teaches at Temple University. Say hello and follow her on twitter @taramurtha for a mix of politics and pop, and @womenvotepa if you like your Pennsylvania politics straight.

Jennifer Nix, Development Director

Jenn joined the Women’s Law Project in 2013 and serves as the Associate Development Director.  She brings a decade of non-profit experience in women’s issues and policy advocacy.  In 2002, Jennifer was a legal intern with WLP and got her first taste of the exciting work of the organization.  Prior to her return to WLP in 2013, Jennifer was the Director of Policy and Government Affairs at the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the state-wide coalition of the sexual violence programs in New Jersey. There, Jennifer worked with advocates, legislators, and other stakeholders to improve the response to sexual violence and to create programs to prevent sexual violence.  Jennifer also worked as a staff attorney at the Pennsylvania Health Law Project, representing clients needing access to public health insurance.  She spent time in South Africa working with survivors of sexual and domestic violence and researching domestic violence perpetrated by law enforcement. Jennifer holds a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law and a Masters of Public Health from Tufts University.  She received a BA from George Washington University.

*Tara Pfeifer, Staff Attorney

Tara joined the WLP in the fall of 2011 and works out of our Western PA office.  A Pittsburgh native, Tara brings to the WLP several years of intensive litigation experience in the private sector at firms in both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.  She also brings a lifelong passion for women’s rights issues.  After receiving a degree in history and women’s studies from the College of William and Mary, Tara obtained her law degree from the Dickinson School of Law.    

Tara’s position is made possible, in part, by the generosity of donors to the Women's Law Project's Abortion Justice Project.  The very welcome addition of Tara’s skills to the organization will expand the Women’s Law Project’s capacity to conduct high-impact litigation in many areas, including reproductive rights, equity in athletics, prisoner’s rights, LGBT equality, and employment discrimination.

 

*Denotes Pittsburgh Staff