Temple law school dean nominated to city's Board of Ethics

JoAnne A. Epps, Temple University’s Beasley School of Law Dean, was nominated by Mayor Nutter to serve on the city’s Board of Ethics.

If confirmed by City Council Thursday, Epps would replace Rev. C. Kevin Gillespie, whose five-year term ends this month. Gillespie is president at St. Joseph’s University but will be stepping down in June.

At Wednesday’s meeting, Ethics Board Chairman Michael Reed thanked Gillespie for his “valuable and dedicated service as a board member.”

Gillespie, in turn, thanked the board and said their work on ethics reform “really gives me a sense of hope.”

During his tenure, the board passed regulations banning cash gifts to all city employees and elected officials and, most recently, tightened restrictions on the republication of campaign materials.

City Council is expected to confirm Eps to a five-year appointment to the board Thursday.

Epps has served as Temple’s law school dean since 2008 and has been teaching law at Temple for nearly 30 years. Before that, she worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia and deputy city attorney in Los Angeles.

With Epps’ appointment, the five-member ethics board would officially be an all-attorney board.

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