As Chair of the Social Services group for the City of Philadelphia Law Department, Clay Cauley is directly responsible for all legal matters involving HIPAA and privacy, adult mental health and child welfare issues.
Prior to joining the Law Department Clay was a Dependency and Custody Master in Family Court in Chester County. His responsibilities included hearing cases brought by the Department of Children, Youth and Families as well as private petitioners. He presided over shelter care, adjudicatory, and permanency review hearings involving cases ranging from parental neglect, physical and sexual abuse of minor children. Clay led a team to develop and pilot a successful truancy model aimed at reducing and or eliminating incidents of truancy in Chester County. He also heard custody conciliation matters involving parents and grandparents seeking custody of children or seeking to modify an existing custody order. Prior to serving as a Master in Chester County, Clay was a both a Dependency and Truancy Master in Family Court in Philadelphia. As a Truancy Master he worked effectively with the Philadelphia School District, the Department of Human Services and the Courts to implement policy and practices to make Truancy Court more effective in reducing truancy in Philadelphia.
Prior to his role as a Master in Philadelphia, Clay represented both children and parents in dependency proceedings in Family Court. In addition to representing children and parents in dependency Clay worked in private practice representing business owners, and both civil and criminal litigants.
Prior to private practice Clay was a prosecutor for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. Clay quickly advanced to the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit. While at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Clay prosecuted cases ranging from rape and related offenses, aggravated assaults, arson, forgery, and delivery of narcotics.
Clay teaches trial advocacy to high school students that are selected through the National Bar Association to participate in the Crump Law program. He has previously taught Sex Crimes and the Law as an adjunct professor at Temple University and paralegal studies through Eastern University. Clay is a graduate of West Chester University and earned his Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law.
He previously served as an arbitrator for the Court of Common Pleas, Civil Division in Philadelphia and on the Zoning Hearing Board for London Grove Township. He also served as a board member for StoneCroft Preserve and as an Open Space Committee member for London Grove Township, PA. He was a board member for Angela Housing Services for several years where he devoted his time and energy to improving the lives of the elderly.
He continues to be active in the community and is a recognized advocate for the reduction of truancy, the promotion of quality education and the protection of children and families throughout the State of Pennsylvania. He is an active Board member of the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia
Clay is a past member of the Transitioning Youth, Hearing Officer, and the Case Retention workgroups through the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts. He is also an past member of the PA State Leadership Roundtable, and the Chester County Bar Association.