The Use of Pseudonyms in Civil Suits Over Sexual Abuse by Dan Monahan
After litigating numerous cases involving the sexual abuse of children by clergy within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, I encountered a procedural matter that was of great concern to many of my client, and one that had no real way of dealing with it within the Pennsylvania or Philadelphia Rules of Civil Procedure.
Therefore, I decided to write an article which was published by The Legal Intelligencer, the oldest legal publication in the United States and the primary source of legal news within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In the article I outline the difficulties and hurdles that lawyers face when dealing the the sensitive nature of these matters and the plaintiffs’ desire for privacy.
The article calls upon the Court to consider codifying the Rules of Civil Procedure to bring clarity to an important aspect of filing these cases.Legal Intell Pseudonyms