Staff & Board of Directors
Richard C. Glazer
Richard Glazer was a member of the working group that transformed the idea of a Pennsylvania specific innocence program into reality. He has been our Executive Director since the Project’s inception in 2009. His leadership was integral to the early success of the Project and is currently furthering its four-fold mission.
Mr. Glazer is a graduate of Tufts University (B.S.) and Temple University School of Law (J.D.). He clerked for the Honorable James H. Gorbey, of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 1970-72.
Richard’s commitment to public service and the law began with his service as a volunteer with the United States Peace Corps in Malawi, from 1964 to 1966. He worked on a tuberculosis control project that became a prototype for other programs designed to detect, treat, and eradicate infectious diseases.
He is a founder of Cozen O’Connor, one of the 100 largest law firms in the U.S. where he served as Regional Managing Partner and Department Chair from 1972 through 2003. For almost 20 years, Richard served as a board member and Chair for the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia. He spent 10 years as a member and leader of the Committee of Seventy. The Committee is a non-partisan political watchdog organization focusing on election, school, law enforcement, and judicial reform.
Richard sat as the Senior Advisor to the City of Philadelphia’s Managing Director from 2004 to 2006. He provided strategic oversight of special projects for Philadelphia’s chief administrative officer. In 2006, he became the first elected Chair of the Philadelphia Board of Ethics. This is an independent board focused on ethics and strong government that he served until 2013.
Marissa Boyers Bluestine
Marissa Boyers Bluestine has been the Pennsylvania Innocence Project’s Legal Director since its inception in 2009. She coordinates and supervises the legal efforts of the organization. Marissa also promotes our mission through public education, advocacy, and legislative reform for issues and laws related to innocence and the criminal justice system. Marissa works directly with law enforcement to train, update, and include them in investigative techniques empirically proven to exceed outdated practices.
Marissa is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford (B.S.), Connecticut and Temple University School of Law (J.D.). Before officially joining the Project, she was an Assistant Defender with the Defender Association of Philadelphia for over 10 years and also worked as a litigation associate at Duane Morris LLP.
In April, 2010, the Legal Intelligencer, a popular law journal included Marissa in its biennial list, Women of Distinction. The Philadelphia Bar Association honored her with the Andrew Hamilton Award for Distinguished Service in Public Interest Law in 2013.
Senior Staff Attorney
Nilam has practiced at law firms in New York, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. She was a partner in the litigation services department at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP. There, Nilam received the firm’s Earl G. Harrison Pro Bono Award. Super Lawyers and a Lawyer on the Fast Track named her the Rising Star in Civil Litigation Defense.
Nilam is a graduate of Columbia University (B.S.) and received her J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center. At Georgetown, she was on the executive board of the American Criminal Law Review and a member of the Appellate Litigation Clinic. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable William B. Shubb in the Eastern District of California and the Honorable Thomas L. Ambro in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Nilam was a supervising attorney and clinical teaching fellow at the Georgetown University Law Center Appellate Litigation Clinic and received her LLM in Advocacy from Georgetown in 2013.
In addition to her work at the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, she is an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she teaches Appellate Advocacy. Nilam also serves as a trustee of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation and the co-chair of the Board Observer Program.
Yvonne Y Carter
Yvonne Carter was one of the first to join the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. Since 2009, she has coordinated all of the office functions. Yvonne also coordinates intake and overseeing volunteers conducting initial reviews of cases.
Before joining the Project, Yvonne worked as a Legal Secretary, first for a bankruptcy attorney, and later at the law firm of Pepper Hamilton LLP in Philadelphia. She is a graduate of the Community College of Philadelphia (AA) in Paralegal Studies.
Zach joined our team in September 2016. Before that, he served as an investigator and mitigation specialist in the post-conviction stage of capital cases at the office of the Capital Collateral Regional Counsel in Tallahassee, Florida. He also worked as a paralegal at the Homeless Advocacy Clinic in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he helped represent chronically homeless individuals seeking Social Security Disability benefits. Zach is a graduate of Ithaca College (B.A.) where he studies sociology.
Director of Development
Bill Babcock joined us in September of 2011. Before this, he was the
Community Court Coordinator for the Center City District for 13 years. Bill managed the planning phase of the creation of the Court and oversaw its administration.
Bill also served for ten years as a special master to the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, monitoring implementation of the consent decrees in Harris v. City of Philadelphia.
Bill is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A.), Antioch School of Law (M.A.), and Boston University School of Law (J.D.).
He spent four years as the executive director of the Pennsylvania Prison Society. He served as a monitor for the U.S. District Court in Houston, Texas on Ruiz v. Estelle, as a mediator at the Center for Dispute Resolution in Washington, D.C., as a clinical supervisor at the Antioch School of Law, and as a staff attorney with the Florida Legal Services Prison Project.
His public service includes Americorps VISTA, several appointments to the Board of Trustees of the Philadelphia Prison System and the Mayor’s Task Force on Homeless Services. Bill has also earned board membership with us here at the Project, Pennsylvania Prison Society, Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, and National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women. Currently, Bill is an adjunct professor at Temple University’s Criminal Justice Department.
T.C. joined the Pennsylvania Innocence Project in August of 2015, increasing the Project’s legal staff to three full-time attorneys. T.C. is a 2009 graduate of Pennsylvania State University (B.A.) and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (J.D.).
Before working with us, T.C. worked as the appellate and post-conviction attorney for a private criminal defense firm in Harrisburg, PA. Over the course of three years, T.C. litigated cases throughout Pennsylvania, drafted the PCRA petition, and worked on the team that freed James Hugney Sr. after 35 years of wrongful incarceration.
T.C. volunteered at Pennsylvania State University, the Alzheimer’s Association, and as a Moot Court Judge at the Widener School of Law.
Liz currently helps us run our new Pittsburgh Office. Before joining us, she worked for a small non-profit organization that served at-risk children and families. As Director of Placement Services, she managed 10 direct-care caseworkers and 36 foster families. While working full-time, Liz attended law school in the evenings to earn her J.D. in 2010.
Liz is a 2004 University of Pittsburgh (B.A.) and Duquesne University School of Law (J.D.) graduate. After law school, the Allegheny County Office of Conflict Counsel recruited Liz to develop new programs to ensure quality legal representation for court-involved youth.
Here, she collaborated with community youth agencies, county government agencies, and court officials in developing a program model and mission. She was responsible for all policies, procedures, staff recruitment, and identifying and obtaining funding for the programs. As a result, the juvenile delinquency and juvenile dependency divisions of the Office of Conflict Counsel launched in the spring of 2011. Both programs have received praise and continue to grow and expand.
After passing the Pennsylvania bar exam, Liz joined the Office of Conflict Counsel’s adult trial unit where she represented adult criminal clients in cases varying cases. Most recently, Liz gained invaluable federal criminal trial experience through her work as a Research and Writing Attorney and Assistant Federal Defender for the Federal Defender’s Office in the District of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Board of Directors
- President: Howard D. Scher; Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
- Vice-President: Riley H. Ross III; Ross Legal Practice, LLC
- Vice-President: Samuel W. Silver; Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP
- Vice-President: John S. Summers; Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller
- Secretary: Carolyn P. Short; Reed Smith LLP
- Treasurer: Richard P. Myers; Paul Reich & Myers, PC
- Paul D. Brandes; Villari, Brandes & Giannone P.C
- Jeff Bresch; Jones Day
- Doris DelTosto Brogan; Villanova University School of Law
- J. Gordon Cooney, Jr.; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
- Pedro de la Torre; The Chemours Company
- David Fawcett; Reed Smith LLP
- Ann C. Flannery; Law Offices of Ann C. Flannery, LLC
- Thomas M. Gallagher; Pepper Hamilton LLP
- Norman J. Glickman; Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
- Martin Heckscher; Heckscher, Teillon, Terrill, & Sager
- Kelley B. Hodge; Elliott Greenleaf
- Michael J. Holston; Merck & Co., Inc.
- Thomas J. Innes, III; Defender Association of Philadelphia
- Michael L. Lehr; Greenberg Traurig, LLP
- Zane D. Memeger; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
- Kevin V. Mincey; Mincey & Fitzpatrick, LLC
- Martha Morse; Pembroke Philanthropy Advisors
- Louis M. Natali, Jr.; Temple University Beasley School of Law
- Catherine Recker; Welsh & Recker, P.C.
- David Richman; Pepper Hamilton LLP
- David Rudovsky; Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing & Feinberg
- Elise Singer; Fine Kaplan and Black, RPC
- David Sonenshein; Temple University Beasley School of Law
- Joseph A. Sullivan; Pepper Hamilton LLP