Dreyer of Delaware County Receives PBA Pro Bono Award, Jan. 11, 2019
Thomas A. Dreyer of Delaware County received a PBA Pro Bono Award for his consistent efforts in the pro bono program handling divorce matters, Jan. 11, 2019, at the Delaware County Bar Association President's Dinner.
Pictured below, from left: Legal Aid of Southeastern PA Pro Bono Coordinator Thomas Kerstan, PBA Pro Bono Coordinator David Keller Trevaskis, LASP Executive Director Shawn Boehringer, Thomas Dreyer, PBA President Charles Eppolito

PBA Past President López Delivers Pro Bono Celebration Address, Oct. 25, 2018
On Oct. 25, 2018, the Delaware County Bar Association celebrated Pro Bono Week with a presentation from Sharon López, PBA immediate past president and the first statewide bar leader to begin her career as a legal service professional. López shared her vision of SARA as a guiding directive for pro bono and legal aid lawyers—SARA: Safety, Autonomy, Restoration and Agency.

Ellixson of Delaware County Receives PBA Pro Bono Award, Dec. 5, 2017
PBA President Sharon R. López presented the first Pro Bono Award of 2018 on Dec. 5 to Delaware County Bar Association member Thomas K. Ellixson. Nominated by Legal Aid of Southeastern PA, Ellixson was honored for accepting the most pro bono custody cases in the previous 15 months.

From left: López, Legal Aid of Southeastern PA Executive Director Elizabeth Wood Fritsch, Legal Aid of Southeastern PA Pro Bono Coordinator Tom Kerstan and Ellixson


Friel of Delaware County Receives 2017 Pro Bono Award, Jan 20, 2017
PBA President Sara Austin joined Delaware County lawyers in celebrating the pro bono service of Karen Friel on Jan. 20, 2017. Austin honored Friel, a solo practitioner with a concentration in family law, general estate work, and criminal law, for accepting countless pro bono cases, primarily in the area of custody, and for generously volunteering her time and talent to help those in need. Friel also regularly accepts appointments from the court to handle criminal defense and Children and Youth cases. Prior to starting her own practice, Friel worked as a public defender from 1984-88, and she was an associate at the law firm of Banks, Banks and Langsam from 1982-84. Shown below, from left: Tom Kerstan, pro bono coordinator, Legal Aid of Southeast Pennsylvania; Karen Friel, 2017 PBA Pro Bono Award winner; Sara A. Austin, PBA president; David Trevaskis, PBA pro bono coordinator; and Elizabeth Fritsch, executive director, Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania


New Expungement Statute and Recent Amendment to Permit Sealing of Criminal Records, Oct. 25, 2016
3:30 p.m.; Delaware County Bar Association Auditorium, 335 West Front Street, Media. Contact: Nancy Ravert Ward,, 610-566-6625, ext. 222. Reception for pro bono volunteers to follow.

Legal Aid and Pro Bono in Delaware County, 2016

Discussing Pro Bono on 'Joy in Our Town Philadelphia,' Dec. 4, 2015
William Baldwin, executive director of the Delaware County Bar Association, and Jackie Csop, DCBA pro bono coordinator, discussed pro bono service with host Kelly Waldeyer on the Philadelphia WGTW-TV 48 program "Joy in Our Town Philadelphia." Watch the program on YouTube at

Wills for Heroes Clinic, Nov. 21, 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 Saturday, Nov. 21, volunteer lawyers will be conducting a Wills for Heroes Program for all active and retired Pennsylvania first responders, all sworn personnel and their spouses/significant others as well as Pennsylvania military veterans (please note that proof of affiliation or DD214 will be requested at the event). The event will be held at the City of Chester Fire Department, Station #82, 320 E. 14th Street, Chester, beginning at 11:00 a.m. If you have questions about the program, contact Sandy Romaszewski at or Carolyn Capobianco at



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