Pro Bono Spotlights

2018

  • Keith Letourneau Wins Asylum for Teenage Girl from Honduras – Keith Letourneau successfully represented a teenage girl from Honduras who was seeking asylum status in Houston. Keith first learned of the case in early 2017 at a presentation that KIND (“Kids in Need of Defense”) held in our Houston office.

  • Blank Rome Attorneys Volunteer at The Veterans Consortium’s Military Discharge Upgrade Clinic – Volunteer attorneys from Blank Rome’s Pittsburgh office and PNC participated in The Veterans Consortium’s (“TVC”) recent Military Discharge Upgrade Clinic held at the Butler VAMC (Veterans Administration Medical Center). The clinic served more than 30 veterans, and assisted several individuals who suffer from mental health issues, like PTSD, who may be able to take on their cases to fight against the injustice of their Other Than Honorable discharges.

  • Lisa Kaas Named “Pro Bono Hero” by Virginia State Bar Association Lisa Kaas, Of Counsel in our Washington, D.C. office, was recently named a “Pro Bono Hero” by the Virginia State Bar Special Committee on Access to Legal Services in recognition of her extensive pro bono work as one of the top 20 attorney volunteers statewide through the American Bar Association’s (“ABA”) Free Legal Answers program.

  • Human Rights First Honors Two Blank Rome Attorneys with “Pro Bono Star” Awards – Human Rights First honored our associates Kierstan Carlson (Maritime and International Trade) and Victoria Ortega (General Litigation) with its “Pro Bono Star Award” for their recent work on representing three Central American families in complex and challenging asylum cases.

  • Philadelphia Associate Helps Senior Citizen Avoid EvictionJoshua Broderson, a real estate associate in our Philadelphia office, recently obtained a successful court verdict on behalf of an elder in danger of eviction from his subsidized housing. His client faced eviction after his landlord filed an eviction action, and Josh represented him at the eviction hearing on May 21.

  • Los Angeles Attorneys Attend Bet Tzedek’s Name and Gender Marker Change Clinic – On Monday, May 14, attorneys from Blank Rome’s Los Angeles office volunteered at a Name and Gender Marker Change Clinic, working with 14 transgender and gender-variant individuals to update their identification documents to reflect their correct name and gender identity.

  • Blank Rome Attorneys Volunteer for Houston Bar Association LegalLine Program – On Wednesday, May 2, Houston attorneys Alan Christenson, Liz Klingensmith, David Meyer, and Richard Schafer answered legal questions and made pro bono referrals to low-income Houston residents through the Houston Bar Association’s hotline, which provides critically needed access to legal services outside of regular business hours.

  • Blank Rome Attorneys Work with Refugee Families to Adjust Their Status - On Wednesday, April 25, attorneys from Blank Rome’s Philadelphia office volunteered at a Refugee Adjustment of Status (Green Card) Clinic, working with 20 refugees to adjust their status to Lawful Permanent Resident, the first step on the path to citizenship.

  • Blank Rome Helps Transform a Transportation Center into a “Hub of Hope” for Philadelphia’s Homeless - Partner Frank Dehel and Associate Brandon Savran represented Project HOME in contract and lease negotiations with the City of Philadelphia and SEPTA to create the Hub of Hope, a walk-in engagement center for the homeless housed in Suburban Station, an underground commuter rail station in Center City Philadelphia.

  • Blank Rome Attorneys Included in the D.C. Pro Bono Honor Roll - 47 Blank Rome attorneys were named to the 2017 Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll, which annually recognizes attorneys who provide 50 or more hours of pro bono service (or 100 or more hours of service for “High Honors”) per year.

  • Brock Wittmeyer Secures Life-Changing Victory in Social Security Case for Homeless Client – Associate Brock Wittmeyer volunteered to represent a homeless woman, through the Homeless Advocacy Project, who had been attempting, unsuccessfully, to obtain Social Security benefits for over three years. After working to gain the client’s trust and confidence, Brock appealed the client’s SSI determination and, following a hearing, the client received a fully favorable decision resulting in ongoing, monthly SSI benefit payments, and nearly $20,000 in back benefits.