Rikki Fleisher Fund


Rikki Fleisher was one of our beloved and vocal supporters. She would send “way to go!” notes after reading of a PJC victory. She went out of her way to thank our staff for doing good work when we saw her at events. She encouraged her friends to support our work. Many did.
Rikki knew a thing or two about justice. A respected civil rights lawyer, Rikki was the former general counsel to the Maryland Commission on Human Relations and an Assistant Attorney General. She made extensive contributions to Maryland law. (That's Rikki on the right with her kids when she graduated from law school.)

We felt honored when many of Rikki's friends and family contributed gifts as a tribute to her fierce passion for justice. Rikki surprised us one more time when we received her bequest. “Yes!” she seemed to say to us. “I expect you to continue to keep up the good fight.” 

Rikki’s children, Paula and Julian, decided to further honor their beloved mother’s legacy and her passion for building a just society. They created the Rikki Fleisher Fund for Professional Development to honor and further the PJC’s commitment to developing exceptional staff. This investment will afford our team opportunities to participate in transformative professional development experiences that are otherwise outside our reach. We know this will directly benefit our clients and our mission. 

The Rikki Fleisher Fund's first use sent a team of three Public Justice Center attorneys for an intensive training at the Racial Justice Training Institute, sponsored by Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. Executive Director Nethercut said, “Living at the intersection of poverty and prejudice, we can see that our clients and communities of color face an uphill battle to access the benefits and opportunities others take for granted. We know it is not a random coincidence that most tenants seeking decent housing, most workers not being paid what they have earned, and most homeless students are brown or black. The PJC’s core mission has always been to seek systemic solutions to poverty and discrimination.” This initial training has rippled its benefits through the entire PJC staff, as intended by the Fund, as we have together dived deeper into gaining a deeper understanding of how institutions, laws, and policies create obstacles or opportunities based on race.

The Fund has also supported our legal professionals as they gain new skills for litigation and legislative advocacy.

Please join Rikki's family, friends and colleagues with your contribution today.

Thank you!

Click here for a tribute to Rikki Fleisher written by Judge Robert Zarnoch.