Courts as Convenors: An Interview with Judge Annette Rizzo on the Philadelphia Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program

Vol. 24 No. 1

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Edward W. Madeira Jr. is chair emeritus and senior counsel at Pepper Hamilton LLP in Philadelphia. Long active in efforts to improve the justice system and address the court funding crisis, Madeira is known, in part, for his work on behalf of the ABA’s Task Force on the Preservation of the Justice System, Standing Committee on Judicial Independence, and Standing Committee on Federal Judicial Improvements.

Joseph A. Sullivan is special counsel and director of Pro Bono Programs at Pepper Hamilton. In addition to his pro bono activities, he serves on the boards of Community Legal Services, Philadelphia Legal Assistance, the Homeless Advocacy Project, the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, and Friends of Farmworkers.

In April 2008, in the midst of the recession and with mortgage foreclosure numbers climbing to an all-time high, the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas entered an order that no owner-occupied residential property could be foreclosed upon without a court-supervised conciliation between owner and lender.

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