Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that the Firm was recognized as an “Access to Justice Champion” at the inaugural SeniorLAW Center and AARP Pennsylvania Pro Bono Awards, which was held on November 29, in Philadelphia. Blank Rome Partner and Director of Pro Bono Services Kathy E. Ochroch and Partner Daniel E. Rhynhart accepted the award on behalf of the Firm. Earlier this month, Blank Rome was also recognized with an official citation from the City of Philadelphia for its efforts in protecting the city’s immigrant population.
The Firm is deeply committed to the SeniorLAW Center and is proud of the pro bono work done through the partnership, including, for example, monthly advanced planning legal clinics where attorneys assist low-income seniors by drafting wills, living wills, and powers of attorney. Through these advance planning legal clinics, since its inception, Blank Rome and the SeniorLAW Center have helped more than 1,500 low-income seniors with these important documents.
Blank Rome attorneys also have received significant recognition for the pro bono work done with the SeniorLAW Center. Most recently, Blank Rome Partner Lawrence J. Beaser was honored with the SeniorLAW Center’s prestigious Champion of the Year award in recognition of his support and advocacy for justice and the rights of seniors, and the significant impact he has made in improving and enriching the lives of others. In Fall 2015, the Firm was honored at the First Judicial District Pro Bono Awards in recognition of its pro bono representation of an 88-year-old World War II veteran, Ray White, in a SeniorLAW Center case that had been ongoing for more than two years, spanning both criminal and civil actions. The pro bono team was led by Mr. Rhynhart and included Associates Rosemary McKenna, Jared M. DeBona, and Naomi Zwillenberg. To learn more about Blank Rome’s representation on this matter, please click here.
Blank Rome is proud of its deep tradition of 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.
This recognition was announced in The Legal Intelligencer's People in the News column on December 12, 2017.