Blank Rome is proud of its deep tradition of pro bono service which traces its roots to one of the Firm’s founding partners, Edwin P. Rome. Mr. Rome served as counsel for Aaron “Treetop” Turner, a client on Pennsylvania’s Death Row, representing him for more than 11 years and through five separate trials and appeals, until Mr. Turner was exonerated and freed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. For more than 70 years, Blank Rome’s core values of respect for the individual, the community, and the law have been expressed through our leadership in pro bono and community activities. Pro bono service is encouraged and supported across the Firm, through training and mentoring and a culture that recognizes the importance of ensuring that everyone has equal access to legal representation.
Under the leadership of Grant Palmer, Chair of Blank Rome’s Pro Bono Committee, and Kathy Ochroch, Director of Pro Bono Services, the Firm has a formal pro bono policy that requires each of our attorneys and paralegals to undertake at least 25 hours of pro bono service every year. To help attorneys and paralegals achieve this goal, they receive assistance with identifying pro bono opportunities that will be meaningful to them, and appropriate training and resources to support their endeavors.