President, A Call to the Bar: Lawyers for Common Sense on Climate Change
Steve Harvey is the attorney owner of Steve Harvey Law LLC, a litigation and trial law firm in Philadelphia that serves clients locally and nationally. In 2014, he founded A Call to the Bar: Lawyers for Common Sense on Climate Change, a nonpartisan, nonprofit group of lawyers, law professors, law students, and citizens dedicated to using the law to secure the rights of all people to a healthy and sustainable planet Earth.
Steve graduated graduated magna cum laude from Villanova University School of Law with a J.D. in 1989. He served for one year as a clerk to Judge Myron H. Bright, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He entered the Honors Program of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC, in 1990. He worked as a partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP in Philadelphia until December 2013, when he founded Steve Harvey Law LLC.
Steve has an active pro bono practice for persons and causes in need. He has handled cases involving political asylum, the rights of children, social security, child support, religious liberty, science education, organ allocation, free speech, and climate change.
In 2005, Steve served as co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs in the landmark “intelligent design” case of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, 400 F. Supp. 2d 707 (M.D. Pa. 2005). Steve and his colleagues successfully represented eleven parents of children in the school district who challenged a school district policy that included intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in the high school science curriculum as a violation of the First Amendment. The case generated considerable media attention and became the subject of several books as well as a NOVA special in which Steve is prominently featured entitled “Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial.”
In 2013, Steve served as lead counsel to the parents of 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan and 11-year-old Javier Acosta, two children who suffered from cystic fibrosis and needed new lungs to live. Steve challenged the federal “Under 12 Rule” of the organ allocation system in federal court and on June 5 and 6, 2013, secured temporary restraining orders for both children in federal court. As a result, Sarah got her new lungs and is alive today. Javier got his new lungs later and he is alive today as well.
Steve wrote an amici curiae brief in the D.C. Circuit in support of the Clean Power Plan on behalf of numerous sustainable business organizations. He is the author of Climate Change: Time to Act, published in The Philadelphia Lawyer (Winter 2015) and Why Every Lawyer Should Care About Climate Change, published in the Pennsylvania Bar Association Environmental and Energy Section Newsletter (October 2015).