PECO/Exelon Partners with Blank Rome and the Nationalities Service Center to Provide Adjustment of Status Assistance to Refugees in Philadelphia
July 20, 2017
PECO/Exelon, in partnership with Blank Rome LLP and the Nationalities Service Center, held a refugee adjustment of status clinic for close to 50 refugees located in the Philadelphia region last Thursday, July 13, at Blank Rome’s Philadelphia office. The event was a part of PECO’s “All Hands Day,” where each year members of PECO’s staff and legal department as well as general counsel from Exelon participate in an annual volunteer project.
This year’s two-fold “All Hands Day” featured community service projects and a pro bono clinic. The PECO staff provided English lessons to refugees where they practiced job interviews and other practical language skills. They also participated in a cooking class hosted by the Free Library of Philadelphia. Meanwhile, volunteer attorneys from PECO and Blank Rome worked in pairs to assist refugees seeking to adjust their status and obtain green cards. This is the first step in the process to become a citizen, and provides critically needed stability to the clients and their families.
The clinic began with a training session provided by the Nationalities Service Center, a nonprofit organization that helps over 5,000 refugees and immigrants start new lives in the United States each year. The Nationalities Service Center was recently awarded the Cosmopolitan Club of Philadelphia’s first ever Giving Circle grant of $20,000. Under this grant, the Center will continue to partner with Blank Rome to host an increased number of refugee adjustment of status clinics to ensure refugees can navigate the adjustment and naturalization process.
Blank Rome is deeply committed to pro bono service, and through its formal pro bono policy, requires that each of the Firm’s attorneys and paralegals undertake at least 25 hours of pro bono service every year. As a result of this successful policy, Blank Rome was recently ranked by The American Lawyer as one of the top 20 firms nationwide for breadth of pro bono performance. For more information on the Firm’s pro bono policy and service, please visit www.blankrome.com/probono.