Janet G. Perry
Adjunct Professor of Law
Janet G. Perry was Special Counsel and Director of Professionalism at Pepper Hamilton LLP from 1999 to 2007, when she retired. Ms. Perry counseled lawyers and clients on professional responsibility problems, participated in the development of firm professional responsibility policies and procedures, and regularly updated lawyers on ethics and professional responsibility developments. She designed and taught ethics programs for the firm, clients and bar and professional organizations. She was a member of the firm’s Professional Responsibility and Pro Bono Committees.
Ms. Perry currently teaches professional responsibility as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Temple University School of Law. From 1988 to 1996, Ms. Perry was the program director at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center on Professionalism, where she developed, wrote and taught educational programs on professional responsibility and legal ethics for lawyers, judges and law students. She was also an adjunct professor of law and public education at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1997 and 1998.
Ms. Perry served as a member of a hearing committee of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania for three years, chairing the committee in her last year. She also served on the Ethics Committee of the Mayor’s Philadelphia 21st Century Review Forum. In addition, she was a member of the United Way Ethics Task Force for the School District of Philadelphia.
Ms. Perry was a member of the Lower Merion School District Board of School Directors, and served as president from 1993 to 1998. She currently serves on the Board of Philadelphia Futures, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping low-income Philadelphia public school students obtain a college education, and teaches after-school and summer workshops for these students.
Ms. Perry is a graduate of Villanova University School of Law. Upon graduation, she clerked for the Honorable Edmund B. Spaeth, Jr., then a judge on the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. She joined Pepper Hamilton as an associate in 1976 and later taught product liability and civil pretrial practice at Villanova.