Kelley B. Hodge is a partner in the Labor and Employment section of Fox Rothschild LLP in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Fox Rothschild LLP, Ms. Hodge was elected in 2017 to serve as the 25th District Attorney by the Board of Judges for the Court of Common Pleas for the First Judicial District. Upon her election, Ms. Hodge became the first African American woman to lead the District Attorney's office in its 167-year history and the first African American woman to lead a District Attorney's Office in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Presently, she is one of three members of a select oversight committee, currently chaired by a retired Federal Judge, tasked with ensuring the proper execution of the Independent Reconciliation and Reparations Program (IRRP) for victims of clergy sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
Before becoming District Attorney, Ms. Hodge was the first independent Title IX coordinator at the University of Virginia, where she helped develop and implement sex and gender harassment policies across the University’s eleven campuses following the 2014 Rolling Stone in depth article on sexual assault on college campuses that was later retracted. Ms. Hodge worked proactively and effectively to address alleged sex and/or gender-based harassment and intimate partner violence. Appointed by Governor Tom Corbett, Ms. Hodge previously worked as the Safe Schools Advocate overseeing the School District of Philadelphia, and later served on the Pennsylvania Joint State Commission on Violence Prevention following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT. Ms. Hodge has developed an extensive and comprehensive trial, litigation and compliance practice over the course of her twenty year legal career. She has a wealth of legal experience and expertise in higher education law, elementary and secondary education, risk assessment and compliance, employment discrimination, internal investigations, criminal law, state and federal government policy advising and civil rights.
Ms. Hodge earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia in 1993 and her Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law in 1996. She is
barred in the Commonwealths of Pennsylvania and Virginia. She began her legal career as a public defender in Richmond, Virginia in 1997. She joined the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office in 2004 and worked there for eight years as a trial attorney and supervisor before returning as District Attorney in 2017.
Ms. Hodge is a Montgomery County (PA) native and currently serves on the Boards of Mission Kids of Montgomery County, EducationWorks, Forum of Executive Women and the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. She was recognized by the Legal Intelligencer in 2018 as a Distinguished Leader. She is a member Pennsylvania Bar Association, Philadelphia Bar Association and Montgomery County Bar Association. She was also appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf in October 2020 to serve on the Pennsylvania State Law Enforcement Citizens Advisory Commission that is tasked with improving relationships between communities and law enforcement and strengthening accountability of law enforcement personnel.