She was a member of the Pennsylvania Judicial Independence Commission; the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Committee to Promote Fairness in the Judiciary; the Pennsylvania Commission for Justice Initiatives; the Advisory Council for the Pennsylvania Prison Society; and the Advisory Board of the Public Interest Law Center. She became an officer of the Pennsylvania Women’s Forum in 2010 and, in 2013, became the forum’s president. She also served as a member of the board of directors for the Committee of Seventy and as a member of the Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia Advisory Board. For these and other significant contributions to the commonwealth, in 2012, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett named Epps a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania.
Epps’ professional leadership and influence extended far beyond Temple and Philadelphia. Long a champion for women and minorities within the profession, she served in numerous roles in service to the legal profession, including leadership roles in the American Bar Association, the National Association of Women Lawyers and the American Law Institute affiliate, ALI-ABA. In recognition of this service, Epps has been awarded a 2015 Spirit of Excellence Award by the American Bar Association, the 2015 M. Ashley Dickerson Award by the National Association of Women Lawyers and the 2014 Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award by the Philadelphia Bar Association. She was a three-time honoree by Lawyers of Color Magazine as one of the 100 most influential Black lawyers in the country. In 2009, the Philadelphia Bar Association recognized Epps’ efforts by honoring her with the Sandra Day O’Connor Award, conferred annually on “a woman attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments and has furthered the advancement of women in both the profession and the community.”
A native of Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, Professor Epps received her BA from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut in 1973 and was a 1976 graduate of Yale Law School.