Legal Aid and Pro Bono in Montgomery County, 2016
2015 Pro Bono Week Focus on PFA Practice in Montgomery County, Oct. 30, 2015
During the 2015 ABA National Pro Bono Week and PBA Pennsylvania Pro Bono Week, Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania (LSAP) organized several events to highlight pro bono opportunities, including a CLE on PFA practice in Montgomery County, held on Oct. 30. The seminar reviewed the basics of PFA representation in Montgomery County, with a particular focus on victim advocacy and pro bono representation. The CLE was free to attorneys who agreed to accept at least one pro bono client through LASP. Below are a photo taken during the seminar and a group photo of the presenters, from left, LASP staff attorney Ed Danelski; LASP Montgomery County Pro Bono Coordinator Mike Kelley; Claritza Jaramillo, Family Court assistant administrator; county Common Pleas Court Judge Kelly C. Wall; and Cheryl Leslie, Family Court deputy administrator.
Wills for Heroes Clinic, Sept. 12, 2015
The Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and the Wills for Heroes Foundation, with sponsorship by Ballard Spahr LLP, are hosting upcoming events across Pennsylvania. At these events, free wills and powers of attorney are prepared for police officers, firefighters and other first responders who risk their lives every day to make sure our communities are safe. Programs are staffed by lawyer volunteers and are conveniently offered to first responders at meeting halls and police and fire stations. On Sept. 12, volunteer paralegals and lawyers will be conducting a Wills for Heroes program for all Pennsylvania first responders, including volunteer, active, and retired police officers, fire fighters, and emergency medical personnel. The event will be held at the Arcadia University, 450 S. Easton Rd., Glenside. For information on events in Montgomery County, please contact Lisa Shearman at email@example.com. For more information on the Wills for Heroes program, see https://www.pabar.org/public/yld/Projects/willsforheroesyld.asp.
Clifford and Zucker Honored With Pro Bono Award, Sept. 23, 2014
Montgomery County lawyers and judges celebrated the pro bono partnership of the local bar, the courts, private practice attorneys and legal aid professionals that help the neediest among us have access to justice in on Sept. 23 as noted family-law attorney Daniel J. Clifford received a 2014 Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Award and Conshohocken attorney Daniel P. Mudrick was honored with a 2013 Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Award. Mudrick’s partner, Adam Zucker, accepted the award on Mudrick’s behalf. William H. Pugh V, PBA president-elect, presented Clifford and Zucker with their awards and called on all lawyers to follow the positive example of giving back to the community. Pictured above left, from left, are Pugh, Clifford and Montgomery Bar Association Executive Director Nancy Paul. Pictured above right, from left, are Pugh, Montgomery Bar Association President Michael F. Rogers, Zucker and Paul. There are nearly 70,000 attorneys licensed in Pennsylvania. Many give significant pro bono like Clifford and Mudrick. However, pro bono service cannot replace the work of fully funded legal aid offices. It is only within a well-supported legal aid program that there is a structure for organized pro bono service to make a difference. As funding for legal aid programming faces cuts in these hard economic times and the number of persons needing such service grows, the work of pro bono attorneys, in Montgomery County and around the Commonwealth, provides access to justice for many who otherwise would be without legal representation. Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille wrote to all lawyers in the state at the beginning of the year and urged that every lawyer take up at least one pro bono client representation each year. Every member of the PBA House of Delegates and Board of Governors are tasked to meet that challenge. But few lawyers live up to the professional duty to serve those in need as well as Clifford. Legal Aid of Southeast Pennsylvania Board President and Montgomery Bar Association Executive Director Nancy Paul stated that “Daniel Clifford has been a reliable pro bono contributor to the legal aid program for a number of years, willfully accepting each case sent to him by Legal Aid and providing his clients with excellent legal advice and representation.” She added: “Mr. Clifford is a vocal supporter of and financial contributor to, the legal aid program in Montgomery County and its work on behalf of low income people in the county. He has also been a leader in many areas of family law in the county and state.” Well respected by his peers and regarded as just a real "nice guy," Clifford was surprised by his recognition and told those gathered that “each of you deserves this award as much as me for the pro bono work you do.” Retired Legal Aid of Southeast Pennsylvania Co-Executive Director Harvey Strauss said of Mudrick: “He has been a long time pro bono attorney for our program. He regularly does Chapter 7 bankruptcies for our clients and is a regular resource for many of our staff attorneys and paralegals.” Strauss added: “Without Mr. Mudrick's participation in our pro bono program, we would not be able to assist a number of clients each year. His skill and expertize is also an available resource to members of our staff.”
'Wills for Heroes' Event, March 29, 2014
The PBA Young Lawyers Division and the Wills for Heroes Foundation, with sponsorship by Ballard Spahr LLP, is holding a series of “Wills for Heroes” events across Pennsylvania. At these events, free wills and powers of attorney are prepared for police officers, firefighters and other first responders who risk their lives every day to make sure our communities are safe. Programs are staffed by lawyer volunteers and are conveniently offered to first responders at meeting halls and police and fire stations. At these events volunteer lawyers will be conducting a program for all active and retired Pennsylvania first responders, all sworn personnel and their spouses, partners or significant others (please note that proof of affiliation will be requested at the event). For more information on the program, visit the Wills for Heroes Foundation at www.willsforheroes.org or the PBA website at www.pabar.org/public/yld/Projects/willsforheroesyld.asp. Following is information on an event in Montgomery County. If you have questions about the program, contact Lisa Shearman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 29, at Horsham Fire Co. No. 1, 315 Meetinghouse Rd., Horsham.
Cary Flitter, Marie Patterson Receive Pro Bono Awards Presented by PBA President-Elect Thomas G. Wilkinson, Nov. 22, 2011
Montgomery Child Advocacy Project Run for the Hill of it, July 31, 2010
Legal Aid Golf Classic, June 11, 2010
Montgomery Bar Association’s Wills for Heroes Program News, May 2010
Montgomery County Pro Bono Options, 2010
Fall 2009 County Bar Article on Lisa A. Shearman Training for Wills for Heroes Event
Legal Aid of Southeastern PA Office Opening, Dec. 2006
County Bar Contact Information
March 2005 County Bar Recognition Award
Montgomery Child Advocacy Project