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Michael Hardiman


Hardiman has servered as Counsel to the Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE), a non-profit corporation that works in the community to reduce negative collateral consequences for those who have interacted with the Pennsylvania Criminal Justice System.  PLSE focuses on creating a more equitable environment for low-income individuals relating to employment, housing, education and various social services through strategic litigation, community education, and legislative advocacy.

Prior to his work with PLSE, Hardiman began his employment with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission in January 1979 as an Assistant General Counsel in the Harrisburg Regional Office.  In July 1982, he was promoted to supervising attorney and moved to the Philadelphia Regional Office where he remained until June 2005, when he was appointment as Chief Counsel to the Commission. Hardiman retired from the Commission in July 2012.

His primary work concentration centered on employment discrimination litigation.  In addition, he was involved with a number of urban area school district desegregation and educational equity cases.  He also litigated sex equity/athletic program cases; physical disability/accessibility cases; age discrimination/pension cases; and private club/access cases.

Hardiman received his undergraduate degree from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and he graduated cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Hardiman was confirmed May 10, 2016 and his term will expire on May 10,  2021.