In The Community

We serve our communities the same way we serve our clients. Our lawyers and staff are driven by deep, personal connections and a creative, can-do sense of partnership with the charitable, cultural, and civic life of the communities where we work and live. This includes a steadfast commitment to our pro bono clients and to our professional associations.

It’s in the water. Ever since our founding in 1904, our public service and community involvement has been a deeply held value and a top priority. Just as we do in our professional lives, we strive to be leaders in our civic and charitable work.

The range of charitable organizations where we’re active, often as volunteer legal counsel, speaks volumes about our commitment. While it’s not possible to name every organization to which our attorneys have either provided pro bono legal services, or volunteered and “given back” in some other capacity, the nonprofit and philanthropic organizations that we have supported include:

  • National Constitution Center;
  • The Franklin Institute;
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania;
  • Philadelphia VIP;
  • American Cancer Society;
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art;
  • Equality Pennsylvania; and
  • Homeless Advocacy Project

We also often serve as leaders in national, state, and local bar associations and have been counsel to the trustees and directors of hospitals and various government bodies.

We encourage our lawyers to commit to a substantial number of pro bono hours annually, because, as lawyers, we have an obligation to represent the underprivileged and underrepresented. Since 1995, most notably, we’ve demonstrated our pro bono commitment with Trevor’s Place, a family shelter. Our lawyers represent homeless, single mothers and their children at Trevor’s Place in all types of legal needs ­ from helping with simple paperwork to representing them in court. Our lawyers also volunteer with the Philadelphia Volunteer Indigent Program, which promotes equal justice for the economically disadvantaged by providing civil legal services.