David Creagan is a Partner in the Philadelphia office. His bio is available here.
Tell us about your recent pro bono experience.
Most of my pro bono work has been assisting refugees, asylum-seekers, and immigrants to legalize their status in the U.S. Recently, during the pandemic, I helped a client earn her U.S. citizenship. Ten years ago, I won political asylum in the U.S. for her husband, followed by legal permanent residency and then, five years later, his U.S. citizenship. I’m now helping the family secure an immigrant visa for her ailing mother in Ethiopia so that she can reside with them in the Philadelphia area.
Why is pro bono service important to you?
It’s a wonderful and appropriate way for lawyers to give back to their communities. And it’s also personally rewarding to help individuals realize their dreams of becoming American citizens and creating better lives for themselves and their families in the U.S.
What advice do you have for lawyers who want to get involved in pro bono service?
I encourage all lawyers to find a meaningful way to serve those who do not have the resources to pay for the legal help that they need and deserve. There are many ways to do that and many organizations with clients that need legal services.