Joanne A. Epps 2012

DEBRA L. CAPLAN is currently serving as an Executive-in-Residence at The Forbes Funds, where she advises nonprofits in governance and leadership. During her longstanding career as a leader in healthcare at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Allegheny Health Network (AHN), and more recently as Interim CEO of Partner4Work, Ms. Caplan has been a steadfast advocate for community health and workforce development and advancing women's leadership. This passion continues through her many nonprofit board affiliations, including currently chairing the JewishHealthcare Foundation Board and previously serving as WQED Board Chair and President of the Pittsburgh International Women's Forum. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Harvard Kennedy School, she has received numerous honors, including the YWCA Tribute to Women and the Pittsburgh Women of Influence Award.

Joanne A. Epps became the Dean of Temple Law in 2008 after serving on the faculty since 1985, and as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 1989-2008.

She is an officer of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation, serves on the Board of Directors of the Defender Association of Philadelphia, and is active in several other legal and civic organizations. Her teaching includes Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Evidence, both at Temple’s Philadelphia campus and also in China and Japan, and she is author or co-author of numerous academic publications.

Recent honors include the 2011 Torchbearer Award for Outstanding Leadership in Law from the Women’s Christian Alliance of Philadelphia; a 2011 Minority Business Leader Award, from the Philadelphia Business Journal; the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2009 Sandra Day O'Connor Award and the National Bar Association’s 2009 Wiley A. Branton Award.

Dean Epps earned her B.A. at Trinity College and her J.D. at Yale Law School.


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