Honors and Awards

Blank Rome's Pro Bono Work Recognized at HIAS Pennsylvania’s 2023 Golden Door Awards

Blank Rome LLP is pleased to share that our firm will be recognized at HIAS Pennsylvania’s 2023 Golden Door Awards: United for Immigrants, honoring our firm's pro bono work on behalf of HIAS PA’s Afghan clients.

The Golden Door Awards recognize "those who lead the way in support of immigrants and refugees." Beginning in 2021, Blank Rome attorneys and staff responded to the Afghan legal crisis, providing representation to many of HIAS PA's Afghan clients in their asylum, humanitarian parole, and family reunification matters. HIAS PA notes, "Because of Blank Rome LLP’s representation, HIAS PA's Afghan clients receive the robust legal advocacy they deserve as they continue to build their new lives in the United States."

Our firm will be honored at the 2023 Golden Door Awards on April 20, 2023, at the National Museum of American Jewish History.

To learn more about the 2023 Golden Door Awards, please click here.

Carol Gershon, Kathy Ochroch, Heidi Crikelair, Mike Schaedle, Larry Beaser, and Shelly Beaser at the HIAS PA Golden Door Awards.

Blank Rome's Honoree Spotlight, as published by HIAS PA, is copied in full below. 

As a firm that was founded in Philadelphia in 1946 by lawyers who were excluded from joining other firms on the basis of their religion, Blank Rome LLP has remained committed to their vision of creating a firm where people of diverse religious and racial backgrounds could gather to practice law.

Blank Rome LLP is an American Lawyer (Am Law) 100 firm with 14 offices and more than 650 attorneys and principals who provide a full range of legal and advocacy services to clients operating around the world. Blank Rome LLP is deeply committed to local community outreach, diversity and inclusion efforts, pro bono services, and volunteer programs.

As soon as the Afghan legal crisis began to unfold following the fall of Kabul in 2021, Blank Rome LLP’s pro bono program immediately wanted to help. The firm took on several Humanitarian Parole cases for Afghans seeking to flee Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover. In early 2022, Blank Rome LLP put together teams from across the country to represent Afghan parolees who were brought to the United States as part of Operation Allies Refuge. These parolees were granted only two years of status and therefore needed to file asylum applications to remain in the United States beyond those two years.

In total, 43 Blank Rome LLP attorneys, along with many more paralegals and staff members, have helped file asylum applications for ten Afghan parolees and their family members. Since then, the teams have also filed additional applications to help these clients continue to have authorization to work legally in the United States so they can support their families.

While we continue to await the government’s decisions on all of these applications, because of Blank Rome LLP’s expertise and advocacy, HIAS PA’s Afghan clients are in the best legal position possible as they continue to build their new lives in the United States.