Public Service Awarde

Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP Receives Allegheny County Bar Foundationís Public Service Award for Pro Bono Legal Assistance

The national law firm of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP (K&L) was presented with the Allegheny County Bar Foundation's (ACBF) Public Service Award for pro bono work by a law firm at the October ACBF Fellows Dinner.†

K&L was recognized for its continuing efforts in handling cases from the Protection from Abuse (PFA) program in record numbers.† During 2001, 44 K&L partners, associates, paralegals and summer associates spent more than 1890 hours representing individuals seeking protection from abuse in approximately 192 cases. Since 1992, more than 1,500 low-income victims of domestic abuse have received free legal services from K&L lawyers.† The firm partnered with the Neighborhood Legal Services Association (NLSA) in 1992 to establish the PFA program.

"K&L continues to be a valuable partner to the PFA program," said Robert Racunas, executive director of NLSA.† "The dedication and commitment of K&L's lawyers has been instrumental in meeting the legal needs of this particularly vulnerable client group in Allegheny County."†

In 1999, NLSA recognized K&L for its pro bono work on behalf of victims of domestic abuse.† K&L lawyers engage in other pro bono efforts on behalf of the organization, including K&L sponsored training sessions for handling PFA cases.

Incorporated in 1980, the Allegheny County Bar Foundation, a public nonprofit organization, provides educational programming, promotes public awareness of the legal and judicial systems, renders legal services to low-income clients, and provides financial assistance and grants to legal related organizations.† For more information, visit

Kirkpatrick & Lockhart is a national law firm with 700 lawyers in Boston, Dallas, Harrisburg, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Washington. K&L serves a dynamic and growing clientele in regional, national and international markets, currently representing over half of the Fortune 500. The firm's practice embraces three major areas: litigation; corporate; regulatory; and related fields.† For more information, visit