Carl (Tobey) Oxholm III

Board Member


Carl (Tobey) Oxholm III has demonstrated concern for social justice ever since returning to Philadelphia from Harvard Law School in 1979, leading efforts to ensure that those with low income have access to lawyers.  As a senior leader at three universities and one community college in the region, Tobey has also ensured that those with limited resources have greater access to higher education.  Oxholm was a twenty-year trustee of Community Legal Services and a co-founder of the Drexel University law school, the Homeless Advocacy Project, the Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project, and Philadelphia VIP, the volunteer lawyer program of the Philadelphia Bar Association.  Since 2017, Tobey has helped low-income Philadelphians clean up their criminal records, first as a volunteer with Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE), then as PLSE Executive Director, and now, as Director of the PLSE statewide Pardon Project. Oxholm lives near Scranton, PA, and leads the Wayne County Bar Association volunteer lawyer program.