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Pennsylvania Innocence Project Elects New President

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On December 2, 2016, the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project elected Howard Scher as its new president. Mr. Scher is a shareholder in the Philadelphia office of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, where he specializes in complex litigation. He also is a Fellow of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, in which he serves as the secretary of international relations.

Mr. Scher, who officially took office as president on January 1, joined the Board of Directors shortly after PaIP opened for business in 2009 and most recently served as Vice President and co-chair of the development committee. His active involvement in support of PaIP’s mission also includes serving as volunteer co-counsel in one of the cases currently in active litigation in state court.


Stepping down as PaIP’s board president is David Richman. Mr. Richman is co-founder of PaIP and served as chair since its incorporation in 2008.  Through his strong leadership and passion for our mission of freeing the wrongly convicted, PaIP has grown from a fledgling organization with one full time lawyer to an established nonprofit law firm with four attorneys, offices in both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, and a record of having helped to free eleven wrongly convicted individuals from prison.

In 2015, the Philadelphia Bar Association presented Mr. Richman with its PNC Achievement Award in recognition, in part, of his groundbreaking work on behalf of the wrongly convicted in Pennsylvania.

Reflecting upon his tenure as president, Mr. Richman said, “helping to organize and then serving as the president of The Pennsylvania Innocence Project has been a source of continuing satisfaction and, truth be told, joy.” He added that, “as I pass the reins to Howard, I do so with utter confidence in the leadership that he will bring to the organization.”

PaIP will forever be indebted to Mr. Richman for his brilliant leadership and is very pleased to report that he will remain a member of the Board of Directors. And we look forward to continuing to expand our work on behalf of the wrongly convicted under Mr. Scher’s leadership.

Also at the December Board meeting, four officers were re-elected for 2017: Vice Presidents Riley Ross, Ross Legal Practice LLC, and Sam Silver, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, Secretary Carolyn Short, Reed Smith LLP, and Treasurer Richard Myers, Paul Reich & Myers PC. John Summers, Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, was elected to fill the remaining vice president position vacated by Mr. Scher.