Thomas R. Kline recently delivered the 2013 Edward J. Ross Memorial Lecture in Litigation. His talk was titled “Childhood Sexual Abuse: Out of the Shadows into the Courtroom.” “A really tough topic,” Dean JoAnne Epps remarked,  “one that exists in our world but we wish weren’t so.”

Kline has extensive experience representing young victims of sexual abuse, and recently emerged as a prominent national spokesperson for the victims of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky while representing victim No. 5. He is a founding partner, with Shanin Specter, in the Philadelphia law firm of Kline & Specter, PC and past president of the Inner Circle of Advocates, described by The Washington Post as “a select group of 100 of the nation’s most celebrated trial lawyers.”

“I admire very much the Ross family,” Kline said, “not only what Ed did during his career but his family’s devotion to him, his memory, and the accomplishments that he has.”