Mark Aronchick

Mark led the firm's team in Whitewood v. Wolf, paving the way for same-sex marriage in the state. He also served as the first Chairperson of Lower Merion Human Relations Commission.

Eric Bloom

Eric is a Volunteer Attorney with the Middle District Pro Bono Attorney Program, which provides attorneys to represent indigent parties in civil litigation.

Pennsylvania's Defense of Marriage Act Overturned

"We are a better people than what these laws represent."

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“There’s an understanding that your pro bono cases are part of your workload.”

Chambers Associate 2014

Michael Carlson

Michael is an active pro bono attorney. He helped win political asylum for a Liberian family.

Helen Casale

Helen serves as Vice-Chair of the Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Fairness, which works to eliminate bias within all branches of the government and the legal profession.

Jon Cochran

Jon serves on the board of the Homeless Advocacy Project and has also worked on prisoner civil rights litigation matters.

Claudia De Palma

Claudia spent her first year of practice representing immigrant survivors of gender-based violence, and she has handled numerous pro bono matters, including defending a college newspaper in a defamation suit.

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Kids For Cash

A Tale of Scandalous Corruption

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“We were fighting for the most fundamental issues of human integrity, respect and law.”

Mark Aronchick (Law 360.com)

Joe Dworetzky

For 30 years, Joe has represented artists and art organizations through Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. A former board member of the William Penn Foundation, he serves on the Board of Narrative.

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Bo Ebby

Bo is an active pro bono attorney, serving as a volunteer for the Philadelphia Foreclosure Prevention Program, the Support Center for Child Advocates, and Philadelphia VIP.

Andrew Erdlen

Andrew’s recent pro bono work includes challenging the conviction of a death row inmate on habeas corpus grounds and assisting in the representation of a homeowner in a mortgage foreclosure action.

Michele Sacks Fenkel

Michele is a member of the Advisory Council of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, and was also a member of LEADERSHIP Philadelphia’s 2015 Core Class.

Panel for Prisoners’
Civil Rights

“. . . And Justice For All”

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Philadelphia VIP
Silver Gavel Award

Mid-Size Firms, 2013

Rick Goldstein

Rick is a member of the Board of the Federation of Jewish Agencies of Southern New Jersey, and he received its Community Service Award. He is also a trustee of the Saltzman Foundation.

Dori Green

Using her extensive family law knowledge, Dori provides regular legal aid to residents of a Philadelphia women’s shelter.

Matt Hamermesh

Matt handles various pro bono cases, representing indigent clients in a range of matters, including death penalty defense, prisoners’ civil rights, bankruptcy, and uninsured personal injury defense.

Michele Hangley

Michele is Vice Chair of the Board of Nationalities Service Center, an organization that provides comprehensive services to immigrants and refugees in the Philadelphia region.

Champions For
Children

“securing safety, justice, well-being and a permanent, nurturing environment for every child”

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“This is why we became lawyers.”

Dan Segal on the "Kids-for-Cash" case (The Legal Intelligencer, June 2012)

Bill Hangley

Bill is a member of the IOLTA Board, which funds groups that provide free legal services to the poor. He also serves on the Leadership Council of Community Legal Services.

Adena Herskovitz

Adena serves on the Board of Regional Housing Legal Services, which works to create housing and economic opportunity and to effect systematic change for lower-income households statewide.

Bonnie Hoffman

Bonnie has handled immigration matters for pro bono clients and is a Board member of Girls on the Run.

Monica Kiley

Monica is a Board Member of Shalom House, which provides emergency shelter for women and children, and transitional and permanent housing for female veterans and disabled or chronically homeless women.

Permanent Resident

Justice For A Mother of US Soldier

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Juvenile Law Center
Pro Bono Award

In recognition of our work as co-counsel in the Luzerne County Kids-for-Cash case

Matt Klebanoff

Matt is a volunteer attorney with the Support Center for Child Advocates, where he represents several children in abuse and custody matters.

Maureen Lawrence

Maureen serves on the Board of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and is also working with the Pennsylvania Innocence Project in the appeal of a Pennsylvania inmate seeking exoneration.

Jason Levine

Jason works with Philadelphia VIP, representing indigent defendants in both criminal and civil rights matters.

Sharon McKee

Sharon successfully brought a Title IX case to require West Chester University to reinstate its women’s gymnastics team. She is also a former board member of the Public Interest Law Center.

Asylum:
Fleeing FARC

Years of Work Leads to Citizenship

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Philadelphia Bar Foundation 2010
Pro Bono Award

Rebecca Melley

Rebecca was part of the Whitewood team, striking down Pennsylvania's gay marriage ban, and, as co-counsel with the Juvenile Law Center, represents victims of the Luzerne County kids-for-cash judicial scandal.

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Steve Miano

Steve is a volunteer with and former Board member of the Support Center for Child Advocates. He was awarded that organization's Distinguished Child Advocate Award.

Alan Promer

Alan serves on the Board of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, which promotes access to justice for all people in the community, particularly those struggling with poverty, abuse and discrimination.

David Pudlin

David is a director and former Board Chair of the Anti-Defamation League, Chair of the Board of Philadelphia Mural Arts Advocates, and a Board Member of the Bryn Mawr Film Institute.

Rescued from
Death Row

The Client’s Life Was Spared

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“It's pretty self-directed. We have relationships with a number of organizations...it's up to you to reach out and figure out what you want to do.”

Chambers Associate 2016

Jackie Robinson

Jackie worked as a member of the Pennsylvania Election Protection Legal Committee, and has also represented clients in immigration and domestic violence matters, as well as name change petitions.

Lisa Salazar

Lisa is an active volunteer with the Support Center for Child Advocates, representing abused and neglected children.

Adam Schupack

Adam was Associate Director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Chicago office before entering law school, and he currently serves on the Regional Board of the Philadelphia Office of the ADL.

David Scolnic

David represents East Park Leadership and Conservation Center, a joint venture between National Audubon Society and Philadelphia Outward Bound in their creation of a new "Discovery Center" in Philadelphia.

“They’re dedicated to the case. They are lawyers who are every day dedicated to excellence.”

Marsha Levick, Juvenile Law Center (Legal Intelligencer, June 2012)

Philadelphia VIP
Chancellor Award

Honors law firms in which at least 10% of the attorneys worked on pro bono matters during the year

Dan Segal

Dan is co-counsel with the Juvenile Law Center in the Luzerne County “kids-for-cash” scandal. He is a past president of the JLC and is Vice President of Hillel of Greater Philadelphia.

Jerry Shoemaker

Jerry offers free legal clinics at the Women’s Center of Montgomery County and volunteers with the Montgomery Child Advocacy Program.

John Stapleton

John was a lead attorney on the firm’s Whitewood team, striking down Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage. He also served on Devereux – New Jersey's Southern Jersey Advisory Board from 2011 to 2017.

Dylan Steinberg

Dylan is a member of the Boards of Directors of Philadelphia VIP and Pennswood Village, and is a singer with and former Board Member of the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia.

"Pro Bono is very important to us. I tell every associate on their first day that I want them to do it."

David Pudlin, Firm President (Chambers Associate 2013)

Beacon of
Justice Award

from National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA), 2009

John Summers

John serves as Board Chair for The Reinvestment Fund, a nationally recognized development finance corporation. He also serves on the Boards of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, PCCY, and Pilot Legis.

Phil Wilson

Phil recently successfully represented disenfranchised African-American voters in their suit to move their polling place to a safe, accessible location. He is a Board member of the Public Interest Law Center.

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Rob Wiygul

Rob handles prisoners' civil rights cases, including representing a prisoner who alleged he was denied medical treatment and was retaliated against after he raised the issue.

Cheryl Young

Cheryl is Treasurer of the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project and a Board Member for Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania. She is a Past President of the Victim Services Center of Montgomery County.

Legal Intelligencer Lifetime Achievement Award

Two of our founders, Mark Aronchick and Bill Hangley, have received this honor, in recognition of their outstanding service to the legal profession in Pennsylvania.

First Judicial District Pro Bono Roll of Honor

Nearly 25% of our attorneys have been named to the First Judicial District Pro Bono Roll of Honor