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Founding Member Of Legal Resource Center Joins Federal Bench

WASHINGTON, DC (July 10, 2014) -- The Senate has confirmed Philadelphia attorney, Cheryl Krause, a founding member of the Autism Speaks Legal Resource Center, to serve on the 3rd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals whose jurisdiction includes Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

"We are thrilled for Cheryl, but will miss her invaluable contributions protecting the rights of the autism community," said Dan Unumb, executive director of the Autism Speaks Legal Resource Center. "We wish her well in achieving this prestigious position."

Krause wrote a friend-of-the-court brief for Autism Speaks submitted in Burke v Independence Blue Cross that is now before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The case is an appeal of a lower court ruling that families have no right to appeal adverse decisions on insurance claims, but insurance companies do. The matter involves a boy with autism whose family was denied coverage for ABA provided by his parochial school.

In addition, Krause played a key role negotiating a settlement in a federal class action lawsuit against the Philadelphia School District involving the transfer of students with autism between schools to assure greater parent involvement.

A partner with the Philadelphia law firm Dechert LLP, Krause was nominated to the bench by President Barack Obama in February. Her nomination was approved 93-0 by the Senate on Monday.

“I am humbled and grateful to President Obama and the Senate, and in particular (Pennsylvania) Senators (Robert) Casey and (Pat) Toomey, for this opportunity to return to public service and am deeply honored to join the esteemed bench of this Court. I look forward to continuing its traditions of excellence and collegiality,” said Krause, who is a 1989 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and a 1993 graduate of Stanford Law School.

Krause previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. While a partner at Dechert, Krause has contributed pro bono work, representing disabled children in partnership with the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia (PILCOP) and leading Dechert’s partnership with the University of Pennsylvania Law School in a project that supervises law students in providing appeals support for indigent defendants.