Kelley B. Hodge
Kelley B. Hodge is a seasoned litigator whose practice focuses on complex criminal trials and investigations, federal and state government compliance, higher education law and Title IX, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) policy advising, and civil rights. Kelley has counseled clients on federal, state and local statutory compliance issues and has overseen internal and external investigations by educational institutions involving alleged sexual assault, sexual harassment, hazing and discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, race or disability. Kelley works with her clients to create and implement policies that promote criminal and education prevention strategies, and that address complex regulations regarding claims of misconduct and due process violations involving employees, staff, students and law enforcement.
Prior to joining Elliott Greenleaf, Kelley was the Title IX Coordinator at the University of Virginia (“the University”), as the first independently identified Title IX Coordinator at the state’s premier institution of higher education. As Title IX Coordinator, Kelley was tasked with the implementing of a new sex and gender –based harassment policy across eleven schools at the University, including the medical, law and business schools. Ms. Hodge worked proactively and reactively to address any and all concerns related to sex and/or gender-based harassment and intimate partner violence at the University with the goal of eliminating the reported hostile behavior, preventing its recurrence and addressing it effects. To achieve this end goal, Kelley oversaw numerous investigations, and provided University –wide training concerning Title IX policy implementation, the VAWA and the Clery Act.
In December, 2011, prior to her tenure at the University of Virginia, Ms. Hodge was appointed by former Governor Tom Corbett (PA) to serve as the Safe Schools Advocate under the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the state agency on crime prevention and data collection to support evidence-based programs. As Safe Schools Advocate, Kelley created an office and staff that oversaw the reporting and response to incidents of violence alleged to have taken place in Philadelphia Public Schools, a school district of over 150,000 students, and served as an advocate on behalf of victims of violence. Kelley worked closely with the First Judicial District Juvenile and Adult Courts, local law enforcement, mental and behavioral health agencies, community-based agencies, Philadelphia’s Mayor and City Council, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, and human relations agencies and national organizations to protect the civil rights of marginalized or minority communities. Based on her expertise, Kelley was selected in 2013 to serve on a Pennsylvania Joint State Commission on Violence Prevention in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. In 2014 she was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Interstate Compact for Juvenile Justice. Kelley has also presented at a training hosted by the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office for Homeland Security to School Resource Officers, local law enforcement, school administrators and staff on school safety and first responders. In all aspects of education, elementary and secondary education as well as higher education, Kelley has navigated the intricate balance in education law of transparency versus protection to ensure that the educational privacy rights governed by FERPA are maintained. Kelley has had success collaborating across systems and governmental agencies to promote equitable and timely resolution of complex and sensitive issues.
Kelley began practicing law in the Commonwealth of Virginia as a criminal defense attorney for the Richmond Public Defender’s Office in 1997. For over six years, she served as lead trial attorney or supervising attorney on a wide array of criminal cases ranging from petit larceny to homicide. In 2004, Ms. Hodge joined the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, where she served as a supervising attorney under District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham and District Attorney R. Seth Williams. For eight years, Kelley prosecuted and tried thousands of cases that ranged from misdemeanor theft to attempted homicide in the First Judicial District. As Chief of the Municipal Court Unit, Kelley assisted in either the creation and/or implementation of various diversionary programs, such as Mental Health Court, Veterans’ Court, DUI Treatment Court and Drug Court to effectuate alternative methods in addressing root causes of criminal behavior. Ms. Hodge also taught as an adjunct professor of law at Drexel University’s School of Law.
Kelley received her juris doctor from the University of Richmond’s T.C. Williams School of Law in 1996. She is a 1993 graduate of the University of Virginia where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Affairs and in Spanish Language and Literature. She is a native of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania and graduated from Mount Saint Joseph Academy in Flourtown, PA.
Kelley is a member of the Bars in the Commonwealths of Pennsylvania and Virginia and is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court and district courts of both jurisdictions. She is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the American Bar Association and the Montgomery County Bar Association. She is also a member of the governing board of Mount Saint Joseph Academy, the governing board of Mercy Neighborhood Ministries in Philadelphia, the advisory board of Villanova Law School’s Institute on Commercial Sexual Exploitation, the advisory board of the Community College of Philadelphia’s Center for Law and Society, and the President’s select board to address diversity and African-American interests at the University of Virginia. Kelley also serves as an inaugural member and mentor for at-risk high school young women in Philadelphia through the Women of Tomorrow national mentor and scholarship organization and is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Kelley currently resides with her husband and son in Philadelphia, PA.