Nutter names Sister Mary Scullion & Nolan Atkinson to Ethics Board

Mayor Nutter today asked City Council to confirm his appointments of Sister Mary Scullion, the founder of Project H.O.M.E., and attorney Nolan N. Atkinson to the city's Ethics Board. Nutter also requested that sitting board member Kenya Mann Faulkner be reappointed to the board.

The press release follows.


Philadelphia, January 28, 2010 – Today Mayor Michael Nutter submitted resolutions to City Council that would confirm the appointment of Sister Mary Scullion and Nolan N. Atkinson, Jr. and reconfirm the appointment of Kenya Mann Faulkner to the City’s Board of Ethics. S. Mary Scullion will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Richard Negrin, who left the Board after changing outside employment. Mr. Atkinson will fill the seat held by Phoebe Haddon, whose term ended in November and is now employed in another state. The other members of the five person Board are Damone B. Jones Sr. and Richard Glazer.

“The work that the Ethics Board does is key to preserving Philadelphians’ faith in their government,” said Mayor Nutter. “While I am sad that the Board has lost Phoebe and Rich, I am certain that Sister Mary, Nolan, Kenya, and the other Board members will continue to ensure that ethics are the bedrock of every City function.”

The Board of Ethics is an independent board in charge of providing ethics training for all city employees, enforcing city campaign finance, financial disclosure, and conflict of interest laws, as well as rendering advice, investigating complaints and issuing fines.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to do the best job that I can for the citizens of Philadelphia,” said Mr. Atkinson.

“I am honored to be reappointed to the Board of Ethics and look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Philadelphia,” said Ms. Faulkner.

"We share the Mayor's desire to set a gold standard for accountability within the government and among its partners, and hope that the Ethics Board will send the message that resources are highly precious, and what we do with them matters greatly to every Philadelphian, including those most vulnerable," said S. Mary Scullion.

The Board consists of five members, appointed by the mayor, who serve fixed and staggered terms of five years. A member may only be removed for cause and needs the support of two thirds of City Council to be confirmed. Each member receives $30 for each meeting attended, not to exceed $120 annually.


Nolan N. Atkinson, Jr. is a member of the Trial practice group in the Philadelphia office of Duane Morris LLP and the firm's first Chief Diversity Officer. Mr. Atkinson is also the chairman of the Diversity Committee at Duane Morris. He has also served in a variety of administrative capacities, including membership on the Partners' Board, Hiring Committee and as Administrative Partner of the Trial Department. Mr. Atkinson is the former chair of the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group, Inc., a consortium of law firms and corporations committed to increasing ethnic and racial diversity in Philadelphia's larger law firms. An active litigator, he has taught trial advocacy at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Temple University School of Law. Mr. Atkinson previously served the City as the Mayor’s appointee to the Mayor's Advisory Task Force on Ethics and Campaign Finance Reform.

Kenya Mann Faulkner is currently a partner in the Litigation Department of Ballard Spahr LLP and a member of the firm’s Corporate and Government Investigations and White Collar Defense Group and the Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs Group. Before joining the firm, Ms. Faulkner was an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Criminal Division, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Among her notable achievements were the successful prosecutions of a Philadelphia city councilman accused of bribery and corruption and a New Jersey millionaire convicted in one of the largest-ever international sex-tourism cases. She has served on the Board of Ethics since 2008.

Sister Mary Scullion is currently the Executive Director and President of Project H.O.M.E. She has been involved in service work and advocacy for homeless and mentally ill persons since 1978. In 1985 she co-founded Woman of Hope, which provides permanent residences and support services for homeless mentally ill women. In 1988 she helped to found the Outreach Coordination Center, an innovative program coordinating private and public agencies doing outreach to chronically homeless persons in Center City Philadelphia. In 1989, S. Mary Scullion and Joan Dawson McConnon co-founded Project H.O.M.E., a nationally recognized organization that provides supportive housing, employment, education and health care to enable chronically homeless and low-income persons to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Under their leadership, Project H.O.M.E has grown from an emergency winter shelter to 447 units of housing and three businesses that provide employment to formerly homeless persons. To date, Project H.O.M.E. has leveraged over $50,000,000 in equity towards housing and economic development.


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