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Thank You and Farewell, Wendy!

January 20, 2011: For more than eight years, Wendy Hess has been a dedicated advocate for the PJC. She will soon be moving on to new endeavors as the Assistant Director of the Office of Career and Professional Development at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Wendy first came to the PJC in 2002 as the second Murnaghan Appellate Advocacy Fellow. When we received initial funding from the Open Society Institute to develop a prisoners' rights project, Wendy was hired full time and took on co-leadership of that team. The Prisoner's Rights team began advocating for hundreds of inmates every year at the Baltimore City Detention Center on access to health care issues. The PJC joined the ACLU's National Prison Law Project as co-counsel in the Duvall litigation -- a decades-old class action attacking the conditions of confinement at BCDC. Wendy brought that case to a successful settlement in March 2010. The settlement will lead to dramatic improvements in the quality of medical and mental health care provided to detainees at BCDC. More recently, Wendy was the primary author of the report "Just Kids: Baltimore's Youth in the Adult Criminal Justice System," released in October 2010. Wendy also spent several years working on the Foster Children’s Education Project.

We are grateful to Wendy for representing our clients' interests so well and also for the tremendous humor and style she shared with us. Best wishes.

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