Adam V. Orlacchio Presented with Blank Rome’s Edwin P. Rome Pro Bono Achievement Award
Blank Rome Partner Adam V. Orlacchio was presented with the Firm's annual Edwin P. Rome Pro Bono Achievement Award in recognition of his personal commitment to, and leadership in, performing pro bono litigation on behalf of indigent tenants in numerous landlord-tenant cases in Philadelphia and Wilmington for the past decade. Named in honor of one of Blank Rome’s founding partners, the Edwin P. Rome Pro Bono Achievement Award was created in 2004 to recognize outstanding performance and a demonstrated commitment to pro bono legal service each year.
An active and important member of Blank Rome’s Wilmington Pro Bono Coordinating Committee, Adam has been a strong supporter of the Firm’s pro bono program and has uniformly achieved outstanding results for his many pro bono clients. According to Philadelphia VIP, a prominent volunteer lawyer service provider to low-income Philadelphians, every case that Adam has handled in the past decade has resulted in a victory for the tenant, with the court either vacating a judgment against the tenant, or the landlord agreeing to withdraw its complaint, with prejudice. These are very compelling cases where, in many instances, before Adam intervened, his tenant-clients were forced to live in dangerous and uninhabitable living situations until Adam fought on their behalf and won.
Furthermore, Adam has mentored many young associates at Blank Rome and elsewhere, and has fostered their interest in performing pro bono landlord-tenant matters. He has taught many CLE training sessions over the years, and he serves as a supervisor on many of the Firm’s landlord-tenant matters. Adam has strongly encouraged others to get involved in this important work, by explaining how these cases allow associates to do good for their clients and their community, while also honing valuable litigation skills.
Adam's leadership in this area is especially important at this time, as tenants all across the country face an onslaught of these sorts of landlord-tenant cases, due to the financial devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic. Adam is also participating in the Firm’s newly formed Housing/Eviction Protection Pro Bono Working Group, to address the impact of racism in our society.
Please take a few minutes to watch the video below highlighting why Adam is such a deserving recipient of this award.