Louis Rulli possesses expertise in public interest law, legislation, litigation, and clinical legal education, and has written and lectured extensively on access to justice for the poor. In 2006, he received the university-wide Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. Prior to joining the Penn Law faculty, Rulli was the executive director of Community Legal Services in Philadelphia. He is a past chairman of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention and a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s House of Delegates. As the Philadelphia Bar Association’s first Advisor to the Cabinet for Pro Bono and Delivery of Legal Services issues, he also sits on the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association. He serves on Pennsylvania’s Judicial Ethics Ad Hoc Committee and is a member of the governance boards of Philadelphia Legal Assistance, Community Legal Services, and Friends of Farmworkers.
Rulli is only the second person to receive the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to an individual who has demonstrated substantial leadership in the creation and continuation of pro bono programs.