Gus Sara is an Associate in the Subrogation Department. His bio is available here.
Why is pro bono service important to you?
There are so many people who need legal assistance in our communities yet cannot afford it. There is nothing more morally rewarding than using my law license and experience to help those in need.
How did you select an organization to support? What would you want someone to know about the organization(s)?
Since moving to Philadelphia in 2008, it became apparent to me that there are certain communities, such as the homeless, and certain areas in the city where legal assistance is needed. I was happy to see that White and Williams collaborates with the Philadelphia Homeless Advocacy Project, so I began attending the clinics and taking on some cases. I also learned that White and Williams supports Philadelphia VIP where attorneys assist local residents in quieting title on homes they inherited so that they can truly become rightful homeowners and better protect their properties.
What value does pro bono service provide for you and your clients?
Being able to assist people in need truly makes me proud to be a lawyer. Lawyers have the ability to positively impact their communities, and nothing inspires me more than seeing my colleagues using their skill sets to help improve the lives of others.
Why should other lawyers get involved in pro bono service?
Because their communities really need them. We have the knowledge and skill sets that can truly change peoples’ circumstances for the better. I believe that having that ability comes with the responsibility to act.
What advice do you have for lawyers who want to get involved in pro bono service?
Don’t be nervous about volunteering. There are so many amazing organizations, such as Philadelphia Homeless Advocacy Project and VIP that provide you the support you need to best assist your clients.