Public Interest

Committed Faculty

Temple Law faculty are committed to giving students exposure to public interest law, and supporting them in exploring opportunities in public interest as students, and later in their career choices.  Temple faculty members are themselves active in public interest activities, contributing thousands of hours each year to Philadelphia area political, civic, charitable and cultural organizations.  This work enriches their teaching, and is a source of pride to the law school.

WILLIAM CARTER, CIVIL RIGHTS SCHOLAR

Professor William Carter specializes in constitutional law, civil rights, critical race theory and international human rights.  Prior to joining the Temple faculty in 2007, Carter taught at Case Western law School where he received three annual awards in recognition of his outstanding teaching.  From 2002 to 2006, he was a member of an independent organization implementing bar association and Ohio Supreme Court recommendations on improving racial fairness in the justice system.  He has also advised a coalition of Ugandan NGOs regarding women's human rights and was active in the northern Ohio chapter of the ACLU.  Professor Carter is widely recognized as one of the country's leading experts on the Thirteenth Amendment and the law of slavery in the United States.

SUSAN L. DEJARNATT, CO-CHAIR OF PUBLIC INTEREST COMMITTEE

As co-chair of the public interest committee, Professor DeJarnatt works closely with faculty and students to support public interest law efforts at Temple.  The committee's work with students seeking post-graduate public interest fellowships has been instrumental in Temple's impressive success in placing students in fellowships. 

Before joining the Temple Law faculty, DeJarnatt was a staff attorney at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, specializing in consumer protection, bankruptcy, and housing issues.  At Temple, she teaches courses in legal research and writing and public interest law.  Her scholarship focuses on the theory and pedagogy of legal writing and on bankruptcy and public education reform. 

THERESA GLENNON, FAMILY LAW SCHOLAR

Professor Glennon teaches in the areas of family law, education law, race and ethnicity, and professional responsibility.  She has published widely in the area of family law on topics including assisted reproductive technologies, custody relocation disputes, paternity disputes, second parent adoptions, and the rights of mothers with mental illnesses in the child welfare system.  Her publications in the area of education law have focused primarily on the issues of race and disability in education.

Prior to joining the faculty, Glennon worked at Education Law Center, a non-profit public interest law firm in Philadelphia, with which she maintains close ties.

DAVID KAIRYS, GUN CONTROL ACTIVIST

In 2007, Professor David Kairys received the Association of American Law Schools' Deborah Rhode Award, given annually to a law professor who has made exceptional pro bono contributions.

As a member of the Philadelphia task force on youth violence in the mid-1990s, Kairys conceived the municipal lawsuits against handgun manufacturers, which have since been brought by more than 30 cities.  Kairys, who has taught at Temple for 15 years, has litigated many high profile cases involving first amendment rights, racial discrimination and police misconduct.  His renowned victories include the leading race discrimination and harassment case against the FBI, representing Dr. Benjamin Spock in a free speech case before the Supreme Court and stopping police sweeps of minority neighborhoods in Philadelphia.

ELLIE MARGOLIS, PUBLIC INTEREST MENTOR

Professor Margolis, who teaches primarily in the area of legal research and writing, was previously the recipient of a prestigious Skadden Fellowship.  As a Fellow, she worked at Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services in Massachusetts, where she represented low-income and elderly clients on matters involving guardianships, receipt of public benefits and unemployment.  As a former Skadden Fellow, Margolis is an invaluable adviser to students working in public interest.  She frequently counsels students interested in careers in public interest law and also advises students on their post-graduate fellowship applications.

LOUIS M. NATALI, JR., ANTI-DEATH PENALTY ACTIVIST

A member of Temple Law's faculty since 1990, Professor Natali teaches a seminar in death penalty litigation as well as numerous courses in the area of trial advocacy and criminal law.  Natali founded and heads the law school's death penalty clinical, a program in which students assist attorneys in the representation of death row inmates.

Natali has served for many years on the board of directors of the Defender Association of Philadelphia, volunteers his services to train public defenders in trial advocacy and conducts free seminars throughout the country for private lawyers involved in death penalty work.

JAYA RAMJI-NOGALES, INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS SCHOLAR

Since law school, Professor Ramji-Nogales' work has focused on the intersection of immigration and international human rights law.  After graduation, she was awarded the Robert L. Bernstein Fellowship in International Human Rights to create a refugee law clinic at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.  She later joined the American Civil Liberties Union in New York as a staff attorney.  Immediately before joining the Temple Law faculty, Ramji-Nogales taught at Georgetown in the Center for Applied Legal Studies, where she supervised students representing asylum seekers.

AMY SINDEN, ENVIRONMENTAL LAW EXPERT

When Professor Sinden joined the faculty in 2001, she brought a decade of experience in public interest law, along with a specialization in environmental and property law.

Before joining the law school faculty, Sinden was senior counsel for Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future, handling litigation on behalf of Penn-Future and other citizens' and environmental groups.  Prior to that position, she was an associate attorney for the Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund in Seattle, Washington, where she litigated federal environmental cases focusing on natural resource issues.  In addition to her involvement with environmental issues, Sinden was an attorney at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, where she represented parents in civil child abuse and neglect proceedings, and advocated on behalf of welfare recipients seeking job training and education.