Philadelphia VIP Managing Attorney Ourania "Rainy" Papademetriou elected to the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association

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  • Philadelphia, PA-NJ (1888PressRelease) January 20, 2012 - Ourania "Rainy" Papademetriou, a Managing Attorney for Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia, was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association. The Board of Governors works with the Chancellor to establish official policy for the Philadelphia Bar Association. These policies help the Association achieve its mission to serve the profession and the public by promoting justice, professional excellence and respect for the rule of the law.

    "We are excited to have Rainy serve on the Board of Governors. Her extensive experience in public interest and passion for public service will add an important perspective to the board," said Sara Woods, the Executive Director of Philadelphia VIP.

    Papademetriou has been a managing attorney of litigation at Philadelphia VIP since 2005. Her prior experience includes serving as an Assistant District Attorney for the City of Philadelphia and as Legal Center Director for Women Against Abuse, Inc. She is a graduate of Temple University School of Law.

    During her experience at VIP, Papademetriou has had the privilege to see firsthand how the Philadelphia Bar Association and its many hard-working attorneys are committed to addressing the important issue of ensuring justice and access to the courts.

    "It is a great honor to serve on the Philadelphia Bar Association's Board of Governors. I feel that my experience with Philadelphia VIP and working in the public interest sector will provide a fresh perspective that will greatly benefit Philadelphians," said Papademetriou.

    Previous leadership roles with the Philadelphia Bar Association include the Chair of Public Interest Section, Co-Chair of the Delivery of Legal Services Committee and a member of various committees of the Family Law Section. She is a member of the Nicholas A. Cipriani Family Law Inn of Court and has served on its executive committee since its establishment in 2007. Papademetriou was awarded the 2010 Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award for her service to the public interest community.

    Papademetriou is a resident of Center City Philadelphia with her husband and two daughters.

    Philadelphia VIP ( was founded in 1981 by the Philadelphia Bar Association and Community Legal Services to meet the legal needs of low-income Philadelphians by recruiting and training attorneys to provide pro bono legal services. Since that time, the organization has recruited and trained thousands of private attorneys to create a pool of attorneys to provide consistent, high-quality representation to low-income clients with critical legal needs. VIP continues to implement creative and effective ways to bridge the gap between marginalized individuals, families and communities with legal needs and lawyers possessing the skills and ability to meet those needs. Today, VIP's diverse volunteers serve more than 3,000 clients annually with legal issues that affect basic human needs. Philadelphia LawWorks, a project of Philadelphia VIP, is a pro bono referral program that serves nonprofits, small businesses and homeowners.

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