Director, A Call to the Bar: Lawyers for Common Sense on Climate Change
Stephen G. Harvey is the attorney owner of Steve Harvey Law LLC, a litigation and trial law firm in Philadelphia that serves clients locally and nationally. Steve graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a B.A. in 1982. He 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, and served as a trial lawyer in the Federal Programs Branch of the Civil Division from 1990 to 1993. From 1993 to 1995, Steve worked as a litigation associate at Crowell & Moring LLP in Washington, DC. In 1995, Steve joined Pepper Hamilton LLP and in 2000 became a partner in the commercial litigation department, where he worked until December 2013, when he founded Steve Harvey Law LLC.
Steve has worked on a wide range of litigation and trial matters throughout his career, including business disputes, civil rights/government claims, and regulated industries such banking and healthcare. He has extensive experience in all aspects of trials and civil litigation, including trials, appeals, injunctions, arbitrations, mediations, injunctions, and class actions.
Steve has an active pro bono practice for persons and causes in need. He has handled pro bono 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 colleagues from Pepper Hamilton LLP, along with lawyers from the ACLU of Pennsylvania and Americans United for Separation of Church and State, successfully represented in federal court eight families who challenged the Dover policy that included intelligent design in the curriculum as a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. Federal Judge John E. Jones III decided in favor of the plaintiffs that intelligent design is a religious concept that cannot be presented in public school science class as an alternative to the scientific theory of evolution. The case generated considerable media attention and became the subject of four 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 led a team of lawyers from Pepper Hamilton LLP that 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. The TROs required the children to be treated as if they were 12 years old for purposes of lung allocation. On June 10, 2013, Steve made a presentation to the Executive Committee of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, which then decided to change the Under 12 Rule to permit exceptions in special cases. Both children have since had lung transplants and, thankfully, are alive today.
Steve is a longtime volunteer and past president of the board of directors of the Homeless Advocacy Project in Philadelphia. He serves as a judge pro tem/mediator for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. He is a member of the Legal Advisory Committee of the National Center for Science Education.
Steve is concerned about the environment and the future of our planet. He is the founder and president of A Call to the Bar: Lawyers for Common Sense on Climate Change (www.calltothebar.org). He 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).