Michael Hardiman, Esq.
Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity, Downingtown
Mr. Hardiman currently serves as Of Counsel to the Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE). PLSE is 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 providing services to low-income individuals with criminal records, primarily through its Criminal Records Expungement Project and its Fair Employment Opportunities Project, to create a more equitable environment related to employment, housing, education and various social services through strategic litigation, community education, and legislative advocacy. Prior to his work with PLSE, Mr. Hardiman worked for the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission for over 33 years. For the last seven years of his career at the Commission he served as Chief Counsel for the Commission. He retired in July 2012. He began his employment with the Commission in January 1979 as an Assistant General Counsel in the Commissionís 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 and his appointment as Chief Counsel. 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. Mr. Hardiman completed his undergraduate degree at Moravian College in Bethlehem and he graduated cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota.