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Congratulations to
Kelley B. Hodge, Esq.
The New District Attorney
of the City of Philadelphia
By Mary C. Pugh, Esq., and Colin J. O'Boyle, Esq.


n July 20, 2017, the Board of Judges
of the Court of Common Pleas of
Philadelphia County announced that
Kelley B. Hodge had been chosen to serve as
the interim District Attorney for the City of
Philadelphia. Ms. Hodge is a Montgomery
County native and an active member of the
Montgomery Bar Association. At the time
of her selection, Ms. Hodge was working at
Montgomery County-based Elliott Greenleaf,
P.C. providing advice and guidance to clients
around the country. She returned though to
the Philadelphia District Attorney's office,
where she previously served the City of
Philadelphia for eight years, as the City's
newest District Attorney and its first AfricanAmerican female District Attorney.
Ms. Hodge brings a wealth of legal experience and expertise
to Philadelphia, developed over a diverse 20-year career in
criminal law, higher education law, elementary and secondary
education, risk assessment and compliance, state and federal
government policy advising and civil rights. Her career has been
one of distinction.
Prior to joining Elliott Greenleaf, Ms. Hodge was the
Title IX Coordinator at the University of Virginia, an
esteemed distinction as the first independently identified Title
IX Coordinator at the state's premier institution of higher
education. As Title IX Coordinator, Ms. Hodge was tasked with
the implementation of a new sex and gender-based harassment
policy across eleven schools at the University. Ms. Hodge
also provided campus-wide training on Title IX, the Violence
Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Clery Act for thousands
of students, administrators, faculty, staff, and employees as a
component of the University's prevention strategy through
education and awareness. She has also provided training


nationally on Title IX to the NCAA for future
athletic directors for Division I programs.
Prior to her tenure at the University of
Virginia, Ms. Hodge had been appointed in
December 2011 by former Governor Tom
Corbett (PA) to serve as the Safe Schools
Advocate under the Pennsylvania Commission
on Crime and Delinquency. There, Ms.
Hodge constructed an office and staff that
oversaw the reporting of (and response to)
incidents of violence reported to have taken
place in Philadelphia Public Schools, a school
district of over 150,000 students. She worked
closely with the Philadelphia Juvenile and
Adult Courts, local law enforcement, mental
and behavioral health agencies, communitybased agencies, Philadelphia City Council, Philadelphia District
Attorney's Office, Philadelphia Mayor's Office and human
relations agencies and national organizations that work to
ensure civil rights are protected for marginalized or minority
communities. Based on her expertise, Ms. Hodge was selected
in 2013 to serve on a Pennsylvania Joint State Commission
on Violence Prevention in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy
Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and in 2014, she was
appointed by the Governor to serve on the Interstate Compact
for Juvenile Justice.
Ms. Hodge began practicing law in the Commonwealth of
Virginia as a criminal defense attorney for the Richmond Public
Defender's Office in 1997 and, for over six years, served as lead
trial attorney or supervising attorney on a wide array of criminal
cases. In 2004, Ms. Hodge returned to Pennsylvania to work as
a prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, one
of the largest prosecutor's offices in the United States and the
office she now oversees. For eight years, Ms. Hodge prosecuted
thousands of cases that ranged from misdemeanor theft to

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