Philadelphia County Pro Bono

Philadelphia Family Court Moves, Nov. 7
Philadelphia Family Court begins relocating its operations to the new Family Court Building on Nov. 7, 2014. Read the notice.

Consumer Debt Practice in Philadelphia, Oct. 31, 2014
Philadelphia VIP will be offering a program entitled Consumer Debt Practice in Philadelphia on Oct. 31, 2014, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (VIP), in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board (CLE Board), will grant Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits for attendance at its training programs to lawyers who accept a VIP case and handle the case to its conclusion. There is no charge to the volunteer for the training program or training materials. Volunteers who participate must meet all of the other requirements of the CLE Board. The volunteer will be credited one CLE credit for each hour of course work attended. Additionally, there is no limit on credits obtained annually through VIP. VIP tries to refer a case to the volunteer within two weeks of the training session. To receive credit, a volunteer must take a case within six months of the training session. Volunteers will be expected to handle one case for the total completion of each CLE course they attend. If the client withdraws or if it is determined that the case is not meritorious, another case will be referred to the volunteer. A signed representation agreement must be received in the VIP office for the CLE agreement to be considered fulfilled. VIP submits the credits to the CLE board within two weeks of the training date. However, if a volunteer does not take a case within six months, the credit is retracted.

Friends of Farmworkers Annual Fundraiser, Philadelphia, Oct. 21, 2014

Reading, Writing & Arrest: Issues at the Crossroads of Access to Education, Justice & Criminal Law, Oct. 21, 2014
The American Bar Association Section of Litigation will be presenting this program at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Find our more .

Philadelphia Events During National Pro Bono Week, Oct. 19-25, 2014
    Oct 19 - Oct 25: Go Casual for Justice Fundraiser!

     Oct. 19-25: Philadelphia Bar Association Public Interest Section Law School Outreach
During National Pro Bono Week, the Law School Outreach Committee of the Public Interest Section will raise awareness of the professional responsibility to contribute pro bono service on local law school campuses and celebrate student pro bono efforts. In addition to individual programming at the separate law schools, the committee is creating stickers with a slogan in celebration of pro bono legal work and will recruit student volunteers to distribute the stickers to law students at Drexel, Penn, Rutgers-Camden, Temple, Villanova and Widener Universities. Student volunteers will also share information about pro bono opportunities and experiences. For more information, contact Lisa Hurlbutt at lisa.hurlbutt@temple.edu.

    Oct 20: Providing Legal Services Through the Pennsylvania SeniorLAW Helpline

    Oct 21: Homeless Advocacy Project’s Legal Clinic

     Oct. 21: Philadelphia VIP Pro Bono Opportunities Day: The Ethics of Pro Bono Service
Philadelphia VIP will present Pro Bono Opportunities Day: The Ethics of Pro Bono Service, 8:30-11:30 a.m., at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, 123 South Broad Street. This program will navigate the ethics of pro bono work and the impact it has on low-income Philadelphians with critical legal needs. The event will begin with a networking breakfast with judges from the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, followed by the CLE training event. Each attorney who attends the seminar and handles a VIP pro bono case within six months of the training will earn 2.5 ethics CLE credits. This event is free. Breakfast and education materials will be provided. To register, visit www.phillyvip.org.

     Oct. 21: Philadelphia VIP Corporate Pro Bono Day
Philadelphia VIP will hold Corporate Pro Bono Day, 4-7 p.m., at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, 1701 Market St., Philadelphia. This pro bono training program and small business clinic is limited to corporate counsel. Register with VIP at 215-523-9550 or www.phillyvip.org.

     Oct. 22: Pennsylvania Bar Institute: How to Handle a Child Abuse Case, a Support Center for Child Advocates Volunteer Training Workshop
The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present How to Handle a Child Abuse Case, a Support Center for Child Advocates Volunteer Training Workshop, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (registration begins at 8:30 a.m.), at the PBI CLE Center, Wanamaker Building, Philadelphia. This program will provide 6.5 CLE credits, 2 of which may be applied toward ethics. To register visit www.pbi.org or call 800-247-4724.

     Oct. 23: First Judicial District 2014 Pro Bono Roll of Honor Event
At 4 p.m., the First Judicial District (FJD) of Pennsylvania will honor members of the 2014 Pro Bono Roll of Honor at a ceremony and Reception (by invitation only).

    Oct 23: The Inside Scoop on Nonprofit Board Service

    Oct 24: Homeless Advocacy Project’s Legal Clinic

8th Annual Shepherds of Peace Dinner & Awards Ceremony in Philadelphia, Oct. 15, 2014
Good Shepherd Mediation Program will host its 8th Annual Shepherds of Peace Dinner & Awards Ceremony on Oct. 15 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Union League of Philadelphia, 140 South Broad Street. This year's honorees include Homer Floyd, former executive director of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission; Seth Rozin, playwright and founder and producing artistic director, InterAct Theatre Company; Michael Viola, family law staff attorney at Philadelphia VIP (Volunteers for the Indigent Program), partner at Shainberg & Viola PC and GSMP volunteer mediator. Tickets are $100 for adults (couple and group discounts available), and $75 for GSMP volunteer mediators, youth and students. For tickets, go to http://www.phillymediators.org/workshops-events/?e=39

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: Representing Unaccompanied Children in Immigration and Family Courts, Oct. 14, 2014
Dechert LLP presents this CLE program in Philadelphia. Get more information.

Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia Celebration of Civil Rights Annual Event, Oct. 14, 2014
The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia will hold its annual cocktail party event on Oct. 14, 6-8:30 p.m., at The Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street. The event commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the presentation of the annual Thaddeus Stevens Awards, live music from The Enon Tabernacle Fresh Anointing Choir and locally-sourced food provided by Birchtree Catering. Tickets: Regular Price: $150 Public Interest Ticket Waiting List: Those working in the public interest sector are welcome to join a waiting list, where donated tickets will be allotted one week prior to the event on a first-come, first-served basis. To join the waiting list, email rsvp@BandBP.com. To purchase tickets go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-celebration-of-civil-rights-2014-annual-event-tickets-11608614679.

5th Annual Justice For All 5K, Oct. 12, 2014
The 5th Annual Justice For All 5K, sponsored by Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, will be on Oct. 12, 2014, in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. Whether you're an experienced runner or a first-timer, the Justice For All 5K will be a great race for you. The course is scenic and fast, USATF-certified (#PA10012WB), and is sanctioned by USA Track & Field. Walkers, including people with strollers and pets, are invited to join in on the fun! Read more about and register for this event here. Can't make it to run or walk? You can donate directly to Community Legal Services by visiting www.clsphila.org/donate.

'Wills for Heroes' Event, April 12, 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 Philadelphia. If you have questions about this event, please contact Dan McKenna at mckennad@ballardspahr.com or Lisa Shearman at LShearman@hrmml.com.
     April 12, at the Northeast Regional Campus of the Community College of Philadelphia, Third Floor, 12901 Townsend Road, beginning at 11 a.m.

Public Interest Law Day in Philadelphia, Dec. 11, 2013
The Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association holds its annual Public Interest Day on Dec. 11, 2013, offering six CLE credits, one of which may be applied toward ethics. Find out more.

Philadelphia Bar Gets Access to Justice Grant, March 21, 2013
The Philadelphia Bar Association has received a grant from the American Bar Association's Access to Justice Commission Expansion Project to promote the creation of a new Access to Justice Commission. The grant application was submitted by the Philadelphia Bar Association's Civil Gideon and Access to Justice Task Force. Read more on the Philadelphia bar's website.

Directory of Philadelphia Area Public Interest Organizations

Public Interest Law Day CLE, Nov. 28, 2012
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Public Interest Section Annual Awards Ceremony and Reception, Nov. 28, 2012
This annual event of Philadelphia Bar Association will be held at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market Street, beginning at 5:30 pm. Featured are presentation of the Andrew Hamilton Award, the Morris M. Shuster Fellowship awards, selection of the Higginbotham Fellowship, and presentation of the 2012 Law Student Awards. The reception will immediately follow, including two-hour open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres. $45 for Public Interest or Government Attorney Members; $60 for Members; $75 for Non-Members; there will be a $10 increase for walk-ins. Tickets will not be distributed for this event. Register by Nov. 26 at www.philadelphiabar.org/page/EventDetails?appNum=2&eventID=PIS+112812.

First Judicial District 2012 Pro Bono Roll of Honor
In recognition of the importance of pro bono work by lawyers to ensuring justice for the citizens of Philadelphia, the First Judicial District plans to will publish a Pro Bono Roll of Honor for 2012 and honor those listed at a reception on Oct. 24. Find out more.

Voter ID Clinic with Homeless Advocacy Project and Exelon Pro Bono Volunteers, June 6, 2012
On June 6 Philadelphia's Homeless Advocacy Project joined with Exelon Pro Bono Volunteers to conduct a clinic on Pennsylvania's new voter ID law. See photos from the event below. Click here for information on the work of the Homeless Advocacy Project.




Public Interest Week at Penn Law, March 12-16, 2012

March 2012 Events, As Posted to the Probono.net Website
Click on the following links for information: www.paprobono.net/events/week.2012-03-12; www.paprobono.net/events/week.2012-03-19.

2011 Public Interest Law Day for Public Interest, Pro Bono and Private Practitioners; Philadelphia Bar Association, Dec. 1, 2011

At Thu Tran and Blank Rome L.L.P. to Receive Philadelphia Bar Foundation Awards Nov. 19

Nominations Sought for First Judicial District Roll of Honor; Nominations Deadline Sept 30, 2011

Dechert's Pro Bono Practice Receives Multiple Honors, 2011

Pro Bono Opportunities in Philadelphia, 2011 Directory

Philadelphia VIP Celebrates 30th Anniversary with '30 for 30' Challenge
In honor of Philadelphia VIP's 30th Anniversary and its commitment to access to justice for all, lawyers in the Philadelphia legal community are being asked to pledge to do 30 hours of pro bono service in 2011. Click here for information. Main program contacts: Matthew S. Olesh at molesh@foxrothschild.com and Martha (Frannie) Reilly at mreilly@foxrothschild.com.

Community Legal Services of Philadelphia Plans Second Annual Justice for All! 5K Run, Oct. 9, 2011

Philadelphia-Region Celebration of National Citizenship Day 2011, April 30, 2011

Natalie Hrubos Receives Philadelphia Bar Young Lawyers Division's Craig M. Perry Service Award for Pro Bono Representation of Low-Income Transgender Individuals, April 28, 2011

32nd Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk, May 15, 2011

PowerPoint Presentation, Philadelphia Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Maps, January 2011
Geographic Information System (GIS) is used here to highlight and aid in visualizing the scope and most affected neighborhoods and populations. Slides are from a program held March 2, 2011, at Community College of Philadelphia and were provided by the CCP Geospatial Student Club. Slide information:
     Slide 2: Source: Philadelphia Sheriff Sale website, Judicial Mortgage Foreclosure Sales, Jan. 4, 2011
     Slide 3: imported addresses into ArcGIS software and geo-coded addresses to find an X, Y location
     Slide 4: dot map of geo-coded addresses; focus on "residential" properties (1195 records)
     Slide 5: with added a street map layer
     Slide 6: uses GIS function to count the number of Sheriff Sale properties in each ZIP code
     Slide 7: uses GIS function to calculate the average Sheriff Sale property value in each ZIP code
     Slide 8: uses graduated symbols to illustrate differences in Sheriff Sale property values
     Slide 9: overlaid City Council districts (purple polygons)

Philadelphia Pro Bono Directory, February 2011

2011 Philadelphia VIP Training Topics and Dates

First Judicial District Applauds 2010 "Roll of Honor" for Pro Bono Service

2010 National Pro Bono Week

Quiet Title Actions CLE, Sept. 24, 2010
Philadelphia VIP is sponsoring a free CLE training program for attorneys on the topic of Quiet Title Actions on Friday, Sept. 24. The training will emphasize the issues that low-income clients frequently encounter in obtaining title to a property. Click here for more information.

Pro Bono Breakfast Honoring 'Unsung Heroes,' Sept. 21, 2010
The Legal Intelligencer, in association with Philadelphia VIP is holding a Pro Bono Breakfast on Tuesday, Sept. 21, to honor Pennsylvania lawyers who, as “Unsung Heroes,” have dedicated themselves to helping their communities through pro bono service. Click here for more information.

Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association Celebrates Law Students Working in Public Service
Click here for information on the Public Interest Reception to be held July 22, 2010, at One Liberty Place, Philadelphia.

Philadelphia VIP’s Summer 2010 Pro Bono Program Trains Volunteer Law Students to Save Homes of Low-Income Philadelphians

Susko Among Those Honored at 2010 Friends of Farmworkers Reception June 17 in Philadelphia
Andrew F. Susko, a past president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association will be honored at the 2010 Friends of Farmworkers Annual Reception on June 17 at the Moore College of Art in Philadelphia. Others to be honored include Joseph A. Sullivan, co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Delivery of Legal Services Committee, and Daniel Sipe, immediate past president of the Friends of Farmworkers board. Click on the following links for the save the date announcement, invitation letter and response form.

Philadelphia VIP Summer Pro Bono Program for Law Students, June 11, 2010

Philadelphia Community Legal Services’ Breakfast of Champions, May 27, 2010

Corporate Lawyers Help Local Homeless Receive Birth Certificates, April 2010 PECO News Release

Philadelphia VIP Hosts Training Event March 17, 2010
Philadelphia VIP is hosting a "Spotlight on Pro Bono Training" event on March 17. There will be two free, simultaneous training sessions, one on probate/home ownership and one on guardianship. Each attorney who attends and accepts a VIP pro bono case within six months of the training will earn two substantive CLE credits. Click here for the event brochure.

Philadelphia Bar Association’s Civil Gideon Corner, 2010

Intelligent Design Case Reviewed in Philadelphia
U.S. Middle District Judge John Jones, the presiding judge in the Dover intelligent design case, joined PBA Pro Bono Coordinator David Trevaskis for a series of undergraduate class visits and an open, school-wide forum in Philadelphia on Nov. 20. Jones (shown below speaking to students) emphasized the rule of law and the importance of the independence of the judiciary in a day-long visit that was organized by Temple history professor Ralph Young. Trevaskis noted that the Dover case is a “wonderful example of pro bono representation, though the publicity of a big case reminds us of the real importance of the day-to-day work done by thousands of pro bono lawyers on matters that never make the news.”

 

Philadelphia Bar Association Civil Gideon Task Force 2009 Preliminary Report, Findings and Recommendations and Appendices, Nov. 9, 2009

Innovative STAR Program for Former Prisoners
Magistrate Judges Tim Rice and Phil Restrepo of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania have worked with the U.S. Attorney's Office to develop the unique and innovative Supervision to Aid Re-Entry (STAR) program that is reducing recidivism rates. Click here to find out more, including contact information to volunteer to provide pro bono representation.

Fall 2009 ABA Dialogue Magazine Features Pratt Comments
The fall 2009 issue of Dialogue, the magazine of the American Bar Association Division for Legal Services now available on the ABA Web site, features From the Chair... comments by A. Michael Pratt, chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, Philadelphia Bar Association immediate past chancellor and Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Inc. board member. This issue also lists the 2009 Harrison Tweed Award Winners, which include the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Philadelphia Bar Association to Present Pro Bono Awards Dec. 8
The Philadelphia Bar Association will award its prestigious Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award, Wachovia Fidelity Award and Chancellor’s Diversity Award Dec. 8. Click here for information on the winners and the event.

In Celebration of National Pro Bono Week, Oct. 25-51, 2009
   Pro Bono Celebration Week Begins Oct. 26: Pro Bono Celebration Week honors the pro bono contribution of Philadelphia's lawyers and offers an occasion to learn more about the interesting and professionally challenging pro bono opportunities that exist with Philadelphia's public interest organizations. Coordinated by the Public Interest Section's Delivery of Legal Services Committee and the Law School Outreach and Law Firm Pro Bono Committees of the Philadelphia Bar Association, Pro Bono Celebration Week is planned in collaboration with the ABA's National Pro Bono Celebration. The following is a list of Pro Bono Celebration Week activities:
Monday, Oct. 26
• Chancellor's Forum on Prisoner Pro Bono Projects: 12 - 1:30 p.m., Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Register at philadelphiabar.org.
• Pro Bono Open House: 5 - 7 p.m., Duane Morris LLP, 30 S. 17th St. To register contact Nicole Friant at anfriant@duanemorris.com.
Tuesday, Oct. 27
• Philadelphia VIP Pro Bono Opportunities Day: 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP, 123 S. Broad St., 28th Floor. For more information, contact phillyvip@phillyvip.org or call (215) 523-9567 to register. Two CLE credits are available for those who accept a VIP case within six months of the training.
• Homeless Advocacy Project Legal Clinic: 10 - 11 a.m., Kirkbride/Traveler's Aid, 111 N. 49th St. Register with Marsha Cohen at marsha@philalegal.org.
Wednesday, Oct. 28
• Support Center for Child Advocates CLE training program on How to Handle a Child Abuse Case: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., The CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, 13th and Market streets, 10th floor. Register with PBI at 1-800-247-4724. Six CLE credits, including 1 ethics credit, are available.
• Homeless Advocacy Project Legal Clinic, 6 - 7 p.m., UHCH, Penn Center, St. Agatha/St. James, 38th and Chestnut streets. Register with Marsha Cohen at marsha@philalegal.org.
Thursday, Oct. 29
• SeniorLAW Center HelpLine volunteer training program: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Fox Rothschild LLP, 2000 Market St., Register with Sue Wasserkrug at 215-701-3216 or swasserkrug@seniorlawcenter.org. Two free CLE credits are anticipated for volunteers.
• Homeless Advocacy Project Legal Clinic: 6 - 7 p.m., Eliza Shirley Shelter, 1320 Arch St. Register with Marsha Cohen at marsha@philalegal.org.
Friday, Oct. 30
• Capstone CLE Forum - Pro Bono: Where Do We Go From Here: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 34th and Chestnut streets. 3 CLE credits (pending approval). Register with Arlene Finkelstein at arfinkelstein@law.upenn.edu.
• SeniorLAW Center training program Personal Planning 101: Wills, Living Wills, and Powers of Attorney for Older Pennsylvanians: 12 - 3 p.m., Duane Morris LLP, 30 S. 17th St. Register with Roxanne Crowley at rcrowley@seniorlawcenter.org. Three free CLE credits are available in exchange for handling a case.
• Homeless Advocacy Project Legal Clinic: 1:45 - 2:45 p.m., St. John's Hospice, 1221 Race St. Register with Marsha Cohen at marsha@philalegal.org.
    Pro Bono Opportunities Day Oct. 27: Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia, will hold its annual training event, Pro Bono Opportunities Day: Spotlight on Preventing Homelessness, on Tuesday, Oct. 27. Whether a first-year associate new to the practice of law, an experienced practitioner new to pro bono, or a longtime pro bono attorney, all attorneys are invited to attend and learn how to use their legal experience to help those most in need in our community. Training sessions are available to lawyers from all practice areas and will focus on areas of law critical to keeping people in their homes. There will be training sessions on mortgage foreclosure, quiet title and public housing. Each attorney who attends the seminar and accepts a VIP case within six months of the training will earn two substantive CLE credits. The cost of the training is $45 per attendee with breakfast and educational materials provided. The registration form can be found at phillyvip.org. If you work at a firm with a VIP contact person, please register through that person. The deadline for registration is Monday, Oct. 19. Pro Bono Opportunities Day will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the offices of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP, 123 S. Broad St., 28th Floor. For more information, contact phillyvip@phillyvip.org or call (215) 523-9567 to register.

Philadelphia's Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin Wins NLADA 2009 Beacon of Justice Award, May 2009
Philadelphia Bar Association Board of Governors Approves 'Civil Gideon' Resolution, April 30, 2009
PBA Quarterly Article by Judge Anne Lazarus, April 2009 (requires PBA member login)
Philadelphia Military Affairs Committee to Assist Homeless Advocacy Project
Philadelphia SeniorLAW Center Celebrates Helpline, 2008
Philadelphia Bar Association Military Assistance Program, 2008
2008 Volunteer Attorney Training Calendar
Philadelphia Bar Foundation Gives Out Record Funds to Legal Services Programs in 2007, Jan. 2008
Comments by Philadelphia Bar Foundation President Elaine Rinaldi, Jan. 2008
Jenkins Law Library Self-Help Manual for No Fault Divorce, Jan. 2008
Corporate Lawyers Help Homeless Receive Birth Certificates, Nov. 2007
Pa. House Speaker Dennis M. O'Brien Receives Champion of Justice Award, May 11, 2007
Public Interest Law Day CLE Program Set for Dec. 6, 2006
Catherine Carr Receives 2006 Denison Ray Award, November 2006
YLD Chair Calls for Pro Bono Service, August 2006
Family Passages Initiative Pamphlet, 2006
Philadelphia Family Court Custody Mediation Program, 2006
2004 Pro Bono Award
County Bar Contact Information
Model Pro Bono Plan
Pro Bono: Do We Mean What We say?
Public Interest Lawyers Deserve More Credit
Charitable Priorities: The Case for Legal Services
Philadelphia Pro Bono Update
Philadelphia Law Works LawWorks is a pro bono referral service that matches business attorneys with community groups, non-profit agencies and small businesses. Click here to learn more about the program. Click here for an application form.
Philadelphia Model
VIP 2003 December Statistics
Spotlight on Pro Bono
Short List of Organizations that Use Pro Bono Attorneys
Volunteer Notebook
Saul Ewing Pro Bono Initiative
Good Shepherd Mediation Program
Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation
Volunteer Attorneys
Low Fee Plan Client Intake Form