Inquirer Prints My Letter About Global Warming Concern

It’s no secret that I am concerned about global warming.  Why?  Because of the steady drumbeat of reports from the legitimate scientific community warning that this is a very real and serious danger for us, our children, and future generations.  The scientific community also reminds us that we possess the means to avert or substantially ameliorate the danger if only we can muster the will to do so.

Pennsylvania has a new head of the Department of Environmental Protection who has no education or background in environmental protection and who recently expressed skepticism about global warming. Today the Philadelphia Inquirer printed a letter from me on the subject.  My letter reads as follows:

Ill-suited to DEP job

Christopher Abruzzo, Gov. Corbett’s new head of the state Department of Environmental Protection, said at his confirmation hearing that he had “not read any scientific studies that would lead me to conclude that there are adverse impacts to human beings or to animals or to plant life at this small level of climate change.” In fact, there is a scientific consensus that the polar ice caps are melting and that global warming is causing global climate change with significant adverse impacts on humans and animals. That Abruzzo did not know this amply demonstrates that he is not qualified to run the DEP.

Stephen G. Harvey, Philadelphia

You may wonder why I choose to use this blog, which serves my for-profit law firm, to promote a message seemingly unrelated to the firm or its practice areas and, indeed, on an issue some find controversial.  Because I believe that lawyers owe a duty to the public to speak out on important issues.

Thank you for listening.

Law360’s Dan Packel Interviews Steve Harvey About Firm Opening

Last week, Dan Packel interviewed me about my new firm. I like the whole article, but I am particularly fond of two parts of it.

First, he quotes me as saying “It’s a counterintuitive bet. A lot of people see economic dislocation and unemployed younger lawyers, along with a shrinking legal budget for general counsels. But this creates an opportunity for a small firm that provides high-quality, personalized services and attractive financial arrangements.”

I like this because it captures my value proposition.

Second, he says that “Harvey also routinely handles business disputes and banking issues, and while he expects these to be the bread and butter of his practice, he intends to keep up his civil rights work, and press for causes including homelessness, organ donation and climate change.”

I like this because it reflect how business and banking work will fit with my public service and advocacy objectives.

Legal Intelligencer Covers Opening of Steve Harvey Law LLC

Over the years my more noteworthy cases have been the subject of excellent articles written by Gina Pasarella, reporter with The Legal Intelligencer. Today in The Legal Gina reports on the opening of my law firm, Steve Harvey Law LLC. Check it out and tell me what you think. I have also included Gina’s tweet, which has already been re-tweeted several times. It’s a good day.

Litigation Boutique Opens in Philadelphia

Today in Philadelphia veteran lawyer Steve Harvey announced the opening of his law firm, Steve Harvey Law LLC, a litigation and trial boutique specializing in business disputes, banking and financial services, and government claims.

“I had many great years as a partner at Pepper Hamilton, but starting my own law practice marks the fulfillment of a dream,” Steve said.

Steve brings a high level of passion and energy to all his cases.  “I love representing clients in business and banking disputes and helping resolve knotty legal and factual issues.  It really drives me.”

Steve has a significant reputation in Philadelphia and nationally, not just for his work on business disputes and banking matters, but also for his civil rights work.

In 2013, he represented the parents of 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan and 11-year-old Javier Acosta, two children who needed new lungs to live.  The children were disadvantaged by a rule of the national organ transplants system that prevented them from receiving new lungs.  Steve led a team of lawyers from Pepper Hamilton that filed lawsuits challenging the rule, obtained TROs on behalf of the children, and ultimately resulted in a change to the rule.  The case received national media attention.

In 2005, Steve was co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, the intelligent design case, in which a federal judge ruled at the end of a 40-day trial that intelligent design is a religious proposition that cannot be presented in public school science class as an alternative to evolution.  The case received national and even international media attention, and resulted in four books about the case as well as a NOVA special entitled “Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial.”

Steve intends to continue working on civil rights case.  “Helping others is the most important thing we can do as lawyers.”

After graduating magna cum laude from Villanova Law School in 1989, Steve clerked for a federal appellate judge and then entered the Honors Program of the U.S. Department of Justice as a Trial Attorney in the Civil Division. He joined Pepper Hamilton in 1995. He worked as a partner in the commercial litigation group for the last 13 years.

“It’s been a great adventure the whole time, but the newest chapter, with me as the leader of my own law firm, really excites me.”