Philadelphia, Pa. – May 12, 2008 (Lawfuel) – Governor Edward G. Rendell has appointed Michael A. Schwartz – a partner with Pepper Hamilton LLP, a member of the firm’s White Collar and Corporate Investigations Practice Group and a former federal prosecutor – to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) leads the Commonwealth’s effort on justice planning. PCCD collaborates and coordinates with law enforcement, schools, community groups, nonprofit organizations, citizen-volunteers, local, state and federal elected officials, and others to address issues facing the Commonwealth’s communities. In the past fiscal year, PCCD has awarded more than $127 million in grants from federal and state funds to improve Pennsylvania’s justice systems and services to victims of crime.
The Commission is comprised of representatives from all aspects of criminal justice and includes Pennsylvania’s Attorney General, the State Police Commissioner, the Welfare Department Secretary, the Department of Corrections Secretary, members of the General Assembly, the Governor’s Victim Advocate, law enforcement representatives, victims’ services practitioners, a judge, a prosecutor, a prison warden, a county government official, other local criminal justice policy makers and private citizens.
Mr. Schwartz focuses his law practice in the areas of criminal defense and counseling, internal corporate investigations, corporate compliance programs and First Amendment matters.
Before joining Pepper Hamilton in February 2008, Mr. Schwartz headed the Corruption, Civil Rights, Labor and Tax Fraud unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He successfully prosecuted some of the region’s highest-profile corruption cases, including the electronic surveillance investigation during former Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street’s administration and the corruption prosecutions of former City Treasurer Corey Kemp and former City Councilman Richard Mariano.