Honors and Awards

Blank Rome’s Kathy Ochroch Honored as Champion of Justice by SeniorLAW Center

Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that Partner and Director of Pro Bono Services Kathy E. Ochroch has been named one of the SeniorLAW Center’s 2020 Champions of Justice. The notable recognition honors individuals for their excellence in “pursuing justice for older and vulnerable people.” Under Kathy’s leadership, Blank Rome has been proud to partner with the SeniorLAW Center for many years on numerous, ongoing pro bono clinics and projects.  

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote, the SeniorLaw Center, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit serving senior citizens throughout Pennsylvania, selected six deserving women advocates as Champions of Justice. Joining Kathy as this year’s honorees are U.S. Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon, Councilmember Helen Gym, Judge Lois E. Murphy, KYW journalist Cherri Gregg, and SeniorLaw Center board leader Teresa N. Cavenagh.

Champion of Justice Profile: Kathy E. Ochroch

Kathy Ochroch Headshot

Kathy E. Ochroch, Esq. is a champion of pro bono and access to justice. As Partner and Director of Pro Bono Services at Blank Rome LLP, she supervises and coordinates all aspects of the firm’s award-winning national pro bono program for its over 600 attorneys. Kathy also maintains a substantive pro bono practice herself, handling pro bono guardianship cases, trusts and estates matters, child advocacy, social security disability cases, veterans’ discharge cases, immigration and asylum matters, and death penalty cases. She has partnered with SeniorLAW Center for many years on a number of access to justice projects, including the Center’s signature Life Planning Clinics, providing thousands of critical advance planning tools for vulnerable seniors and involving over 100 attorneys, paralegals and other volunteers in the firm and corporate and other partners. Kathy also helps lead the Center’s annual Life Planning Clinic for Hispanic Elders in partnership with Exelon/PECO, which provides services for Spanish-speaking seniors in their own community and language. Kathy has been recognized by many nonprofit and public interest law centers and has served on many of their boards as ambassador and champion for access to justice.

About the SeniorLAW Center

With five offices in Pennsylvania and a nonprofit staff of 35 attorneys and advocates, the SeniorLAW Center provides free legal, educational, and advocacy services to over 5,000 seniors each year. Through over ten special projects, its statewide SeniorLAW HelpLine serving seniors in all 67 counties of Pennsylvania, pro bono partnerships, eight community legal clinics, and national and statewide advocacy and leadership, the Center changes individual lives and works to change systems to promote justice, security, and independence for older people and their families. For additional information, please visit seniorlawcenter.org.