Michael Hardiman, Esq.
PA Human Relations Commission (ret'd), Downingtown
Mr. Hardiman, in July 2012, retired from his position as chief counsel for the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission after some thirty-three years of service. He began working for the Commission in 1979 with a primary concentration in employment discrimination litigation. In addition, he was involved with a number of major urban area school district desegregation/educational equity cases. He also litigated sex equity/athletic program cases; physical disability/accessibility cases; age discrimination/ pension cases; and private club/access cases. Prior to his appointment as chief counsel in June 2005, Mr. Hardiman was the supervising attorney in the Commissionís Philadelphia Regional Office, beginning July 1982. Mr. Hardiman currently serves as of counsel to the Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE). PLSE is dedicated to protecting individual civil rights guaranteed by statutory and constitutional law through direct representation, advocacy and public education. His involvement includes work with both of PLSEís two current major projects: (1) the Criminal Records Expungement Project (C-REP); and (2) the Fair Employment Opportunities Project (FEOP). Each initiative seeks, in its own way, to lessen the collateral, negative consequences of criminal records and to insure that individuals who have such records are accorded all civil rights to which they are entitled. Mr. Hardiman received his undergraduate degree from Moravian College in Bethlehem and graduated cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota.