Carol E.Tracy, Executive Director
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 employmjent, 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.
Amal Bass, Staff Attorney
Amal joined the staff in 2006 and works in a wide variety of areas, including Title IX athletic equity, employment rights, and family law. Currently, she is one of the supervisors of the Domestic Violence Assistance Project. Amal received her BA from Yale University and her JD from Harvard Law School.
Barbara Burgos DiTullio, Information Technology Director & Program Manager
As Program Manager, Barbara coordinates efforts at WLP to tie WLP's litigation, public policy and advocacy efforts to public education. 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 the former President of the National Organization for Women in Pennsylvania, a position she held from 1994 until 2002. As President of Pennsylvania NOW, she was the primary lobbyist for the organization and frequently led workshops on How to Lobby Legislators and Grassroots Organizing. Barbara also served on the Board of Directors of the National Organization for Women in Washington DC, and was the NOW Mid-Atlantic Regional Director for four years. In addition to her political work, Barbara owned and operated a small computer consulting company for 16 years. With this experience, Barbara is also the Director of Information Technology. She oversees WLP’s technology needs including the network infrastructure, database design and creation, development and maintenance of web sites, and various forms of communications including social media.
Kathy Eisenberg, Administrative Assistant
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 Pfeifer, Staff Attorney
Tara joined the WLP in the fall of 2011 and is the newest hire in the 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.
Jane Whittaker, Business and Finance Manager
Jane manages the administrative, financial and human resources activities of the office. Before joining WLP, she was the Chief Administrative Officer at Solutions for Progress, a Philadelphia-based company that creates technological solutions to social welfare problems. She also brings to her role almost 20 years’ experience on Wall Street, where she was a Vice President in the Technology Sector of Merrill Lynch. In her time at Merrill Ms. Whittaker managed the firm’s mainframe software budget and licensing portfolio and served on four-person project team to consolidate the company’s three domestic data centers into a single super data center. As Administration Manager for Merrill Lynch’s data center in North Brunswick, New Jersey, she managed their personnel and human resources, purchasing, and budgeting. Jane has B.A. in English from La Salle College in Philadelphia and an M.P.A. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
*Denotes Pittsburgh Staff
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