Current Projects

  • Death Penalty Litigation—In 2005 Blank Rome began representing a client on Pennsylvania’s death row.  After several years of litigation, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania conceded that the client did not deserve the death penalty, and agreed to vacate his capital sentence and re-sentence him to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The Commonwealth also agreed that the client’s appeal of his conviction could go forward. In 2011 a group of Blank Rome attorneys presented evidence at a Post-Conviction Relief Act evidentiary hearing on the client’s guilt-side claims. This hearing is ongoing and is scheduled for continuation in 2012.
  • Life Planning Pro Bono Legal Partnership with the SeniorLAW Center—Beginning in 2010, Blank Rome began partnering with the SeniorLAW Center to help low-income seniors prepare and execute advance planning documents at legal clinics at senior centers in Philadelphia. Blank Rome attorneys, along with corporate counsel partners, assisted seniors with the preparation and execution of advance planning documents, including Living Wills, Health Care and Financial Powers of Attorney.  In 2011 more than 50 Blank Rome attorneys volunteered to attend the clinics, logging 450 pro bono hours, and assisting more than 120 seniors in need.
  • Homeless Advocacy—Blank Rome, together with its corporate client, Lincoln Financial Group, has “adopted” a legal clinic at a homeless shelter in Philadelphia. Attorneys attend regular clinics for homeless women and their children and advise clients on issues relating to housing, public benefits, and family law. 
  • Child Advocacy—Working in partnership with the Support Center for Child Advocates in Philadelphia, the Children’s Law Center in Washington, DC, the Children’s Alliance in Los Angeles, and Office of the Child Advocate in Delaware, Blank Rome attorneys represent abused and neglected children. Our attorneys give these children a voice and act as their advocate in the child welfare system.
  • Community Economic Development—In partnership with Philadelphia LawWorks, the Neighborhood Entrepreneur Legal Project of the City Bar Justice Center of New York, and the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program’s Community Economic Development project, Blank Rome attorneys assist qualifying small businesses and non-profit organizations with issues relating to corporate law, tax, and real estate. 
  • Holocaust Reparations Pro Bono Project—Blank Rome attorneys in many of our offices, including New York, Washington, DC, Boca Raton, Philadelphia and Princeton represent Holocaust survivors seeking reparations payments from the German Government. 
  • “Adopt-A-Block” Project—Working with Philadelphia VIP, Blank Rome attorneys represent homeowners located in one area of West Philadelphia with homeownership and tangled title issues. By assisting these homeowners with getting clear title, our attorneys allow the clients the freedom to sell or mortgage the house, and to seek assistance with repairs through various city programs which are available only to owners holding clear title to the property.  In addition, by ensuring that title is clear, and houses are habitable, this project seeks to combat the problem of abandoned houses and urban blight. 
  • D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program’s Legal Clinics—Through the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program, our attorneys volunteer at the Consumer Law Resource Center at D.C. Superior Court.  Attorneys provide advice on a variety of small claims court issues, usually related to legal procedures, such as filing a complaint or serving discovery.  In addition, our attorneys attend Small Business Clinics, and also staff the Advocacy and Justice Clinic of the D.C. Bar.
  • Immigration and Asylum: Blank Rome attorneys regularly represent clients seeking asylum from countries throughout the world, including Colombia, Togo, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Jordan, and Jamaica. Our attorneys represent immigrant victims of domestic violence who are seeking protection and immigration relief under the Violence Against Women Act. In Los Angeles, our attorneys work with the Coalition Against Slavery and Trafficking to assist victims of human trafficking.