Pro Bono

Our lawyers are proud to lend a helping hand by dedicating their time and resources to charitable and public interest causes.  They provide thousands of hours of free legal services annually to individuals and non-profit organizations, for a variety of causes, including civil rights, international human rights, child advocacy, special education, access to public benefits, asylum, landlord-tenant matters and mortgage foreclosure relief.  Our lawyers believe that everyone should have equal access to legal representation and approach their pro bono efforts with the same commitment, care and energy as work they do for the firm’s paying clients.

We volunteer our time with a number of organizations including:

  • Committee of Seventy
  • Commitment to the Chinese Community by regularly representing Chinese speaking clients to help them better understand their rights in the legal system
  • Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project (CBAP), a non-profit organization that provides bankruptcy representation to low-income individuals
  • Delaware Office of Child Advocate
  • Grateful Nation Montana
  • Immigration Project
  • Indigent Program in Philadelphia
  • Massachusetts Disability Law Center
  • Partnership with the Homeless Advocacy Project at Our Brothers Place, a shelter program in Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Mortgage Foreclosure Project
  • Philadelphia Homeowners Project
  • Philadelphia Legal Clinic for the Disabled
  • Philadelphia VIP
  • Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
  • Public Interest Law Center Of Philadelphia
  • South Middlesex Legal Services
  • Support Center for Child Advocates
  • The Statesman Foundation
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, a program providing tax assistance to elderly and low-income individuals
  • Widener University Veterans Law Clinic
  • Wills for Heroes Program, a free will-drafting program for Philadelphia-area firefighters and police officers

A number of our lawyers have received special recognition for their pro bono work.  Partners Jerrold Anders and William Schmidt were awarded the Legal Services Recognition Award by the Homeless Advocacy Project.  Additionally, Steven Levy and Wesley Payne, were awarded the Adopt-A-Shelter Coordinator's Award for their tireless work providing free legal services to over 24,000 homeless men, women and children in Philadelphia.  Wes Payne also received a Multicultural Leadership Award from the Pennsylvania Diversity Council, a member organization of the National Diversity Council. Our lawyers have also been recognized for their work with the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Mortgage Foreclosure Project.