Pro bono is part of who we are and what we do, every day. We encourage our attorneys to take up the matters and causes that interest them—our pro bono work is as varied as our people.
In 2015, we devoted 22,000 hours to pro bono work, from counseling services to courtroom advocacy. We work for causes that call out for the skilled advocacy that only the best lawyers can provide.
We fight for the lives of inmates on death row. We enforce the constitutional rights of prisoners to freedom of worship and decent medical care. We counsel small nonprofit organizations on their legal rights and responsibilities. We assist with financing development in some of the country’s poorest neighborhoods. We represent tenants who are wrongly evicted, victims of domestic violence and child abuse and immigrant children facing deportation. We counsel budding artists, teach inner city high schoolers about the law, champion animal welfare and serve the homeless.
To each of these clients and causes we bring the passion, commitment, ethics and honor that mark our firm.
Our lawyers collaborate with local and regional legal services organizations on a host of projects, including: representing victims of domestic violence at final hearings on protective orders; staffing and operating walk-in clinics for indigent clients; handling intake of new clients for organizations; and training volunteers to handle cases in areas such as immigration, asylum, elder law, domestic violence and family law.
In 2017, we were the recipient of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation's Pro Bono Award, a prestigious honor that recognizes one firm that “performs outstanding volunteer efforts in providing legal services to those in need.” The foundation selected us to receive the award for our “thousands of hours of pro bono service and investment of time and dedication from its attorneys in providing direct service through legal aid agencies.”
We are a charter signatory to the Pro Bono Institute’s Large Firm Challenge and work annually to achieve its worthy goals. In 2016, the firm redoubled its commitment to meet and exceed this challenge with the launch of partner-led initiatives that will ensure pro bono work remains at the forefront of our hearts and minds.
We also work closely with the Barbara McDowell and Jerry Hartman Foundation, founded by one of our partners in memory of his late wife, to partner with legal services providers on high-impact pro bono litigation.
For decades, our lawyers have taken on matters and causes that make a difference—not just to our clients, but to the communities in which we live and practice. This is our heritage, and our future.