Blank Rome’s Inaugural Pro Bono Practice Group of the Year Award Presented to General Litigation Group
Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that the firm’s inaugural Pro Bono Practice Group of the Year Award was presented to the General Litigation practice group, which led the firm’s pro bono activity with an average of 108 pro hours per attorney in 2020. The newly-established award recognizes the firm’s practice group with the highest pro bono performance, as measured by the average number of pro bono hours per attorney and percentage of attorneys completing more than 20 hours of pro bono work per year.
“Pro bono service is encouraged and supported across our practice group, through training, mentoring, and promoting a culture that recognizes the responsibility lawyers have to ensure that everyone has equal access to legal representation,” said Alan M. Freeman, co-chair of the General Litigation group and member of Blank Rome’s Firm-wide Pro Bono Committee. “As a firm, we are proud to instill this deep tradition of pro bono service in our youngest litigators.”
Blank Rome’s national General Litigation group, which has seen significant growth over the past two years, is composed of a team of accomplished associates from across the firm who focus their practices on a wide range of corporate and commercial litigation matters and are experienced handling all stages of litigation. The General Litigation associates handled a variety of important pro bono matters in 2020, including prisoner civil rights cases, landlord/tenant cases, human trafficking matters, and asylum and other immigration matters. The group also handled wholesale civil litigation cases through legal services referrals, drafted employee handbooks for nonprofit organizations, worked on criminal conviction and death sentence appeals, drafted life planning documents for indigent clients, took on compassionate release petitions, provided research support to impact litigation organizations, and much more.
General Litigation Associate Grace Chamoun Taranto was also presented with the firm’s inaugural Pro Bono Rising Star Award, which recognizes an associate whose dedication to pro bono has had a tremendous impact on pro bono clients and the firm. During the course of her career at Blank Rome, Grace has been an active member of the firm’s pro bono program and has worked on many pro bono matters, including domestic violence cases and military appeals. Grace was particularly commended for her important role in assisting a former veteran in a military sexual trauma case through the Veterans Legal Services Program
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