Kelley B. Hodge

  • Lecturer

Kelley B. Hodge is a partner in the labor and employment section of Fox Rothschild in Philadelphia. Prior to joining the firm, Hodge was elected in 2017 to serve as the 25th district attorney of Philadelphia. Hodge is the first African American woman to lead the District Attorney's Office in its 167-year history and the first African American woman to lead a District Attorney's Office in Pennsylvania. Presently, she is one of three members of a select oversight committee, currently chaired by a retired federal judge, that is tasked with ensuring the proper execution of the Independent Reconciliation and Reparations Program for victims of clergy sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Before becoming district attorney, Hodge was the first independent Title IX coordinator at the University of Virginia, where she helped develop and implement sex and gender harassment policies across the University’s eleven campuses. Hodge previously worked as the Safe Schools Advocate overseeing the School District of Philadelphia, and later served on the Pennsylvania Joint State Commission on Violence Prevention following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. She has developed an extensive and comprehensive trial, litigation and compliance practice over the course of her 20-year legal career. She has legal experience and expertise in higher education law, elementary and secondary education, risk assessment and compliance, employment discrimination, internal investigations, criminal law, state and federal government policy advising and civil rights.

She is barred in Pennsylvania and Virginia. She began her legal career as a public defender in Richmond, Virginia, in 1997. She joined the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office in 2004 and worked there for eight years as a trial attorney and supervisor before returning as district attorney in 2017.

Hodge is a Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, native and currently serves on the boards of Mission Kids of Montgomery County, EducationWorks, Forum of Executive Women and the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. She was recognized by the Legal Intelligencer in 2018 as a Distinguished Leader. She is a member Pennsylvania Bar Association, Philadelphia Bar Association and Montgomery County Bar Association.

 

 

Education

  • J.D.
    University of Richmond School of Law
    1996
  • B.A.
    University of Virginia
    1993