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Temple Law School Names the Honorable Sandra Mazer Moss Executive Director of the Sheller Center for Social Justice


Temple University Beasley School of Law has named the Honorable Sandra Mazer Moss Executive Director of the new Stephen and Sandra Sheller Center for Social Justice. Judge Moss, who retired from the bench November 1st, assumed her duties on November 4th.  She will be responsible for fund development, including initiating fundraising projects and events, and offering proactive and creative leadership to increase and expand the Center's funding base.

"On my final day on the bench," reflected Judge Moss, "I looked out across my courtroom and felt satisfied.  I had come to do a job, and I had done it well. Now, l get to feel the excitement of a new challenge and a new role serving the people of Philadelphia.  The Sheller Center has the potential to make real contributions to social justice in the region, and I'm already proud to be a part of it."

Judge Moss's long tenure with the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania has led to many accolades and the deep respect of her colleagues in the judiciary as well as the Philadelphia Bar. Judge Moss received the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2007 Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award which recognizes a jurist who adheres to the highest ideals of judicial service.  She was also selected as the Beasley School of Law's Certificate of Honor Recipient at Temple University's Founder's Day Celebration in 2008.  In 2010 the Philadelphia Legal Intelligencer honored her as a Woman of Distinction.  The Bar Association's State Civil Litigation Section at its 2011 annual meeting honored Judge Moss for distinguished service and dedication to their organization and to the Court.  In 2013 Judge Moss was inducted into the National Trial Lawyer's Hall of Fame recognizing her twenty-five year contribution to Mass Tort Litigation.  She has been a faculty member at the National Judicial College since 1992 teaching Civil Procedure and Complex Litigation to judges across the country, and in recognition of her service and dedication, the National Judicial College honored her with the Advancement of Justice Award in 2011.

"I'm deeply pleased that Judge Moss has agreed to join the Sheller Center," said Dean JoAnne A. Epps. "She brings proven leadership, especially in organizational development, along with a deep commitment to the Philadelphia community, and I know her contributions will be significant."

Judge Moss is the founder and coordinating judge emeritus of Philadelphia's nationally recognized Complex Litigation Center.  In that capacity she created ground breaking case management procedures in Mass Tort Litigation particularly in Asbestos and eighteen Pharmaceutical Programs where she supervised over 9,000 mass tort cases.  She is vice president of the Temple University Beasley School of Law's Alumni Association and current Chancellor of the Brandeis Law Society.  She received a B.S. in journalism and a J.D. from Temple University and practiced law for eight and a half years specializing in medical malpractice, products liability and toxic torts.

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