Pro Bono and Community Service Committee

Weber Gallagher attorneys regularly provide pro bono legal services to those who cannot otherwise afford legal work. The pro bono program at our firm has grown each year along with the varied services we provide to people in our communities.

We have actively supported programs such as Dignity Housing, Career Wardrobe, Habitat for Humanity and Kids Chance of Pennsylvania.  Through various public interest legal services agencies, our attorneys have served as pro bono counsel for the elderly and for those with disabilities in guardianship matters, assisted the homeless with legal issues, acted as pro bono counsel in divorce and custody proceedings and have provided legal advice to charitable groups. Our attorneys and staff also participate in collection drives and numerous community organizations. We are committed to helping students in high schools and colleges by providing jobs and internship opportunities. 

Our firm was awarded the Vision Award from the Philadelphia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division for “enabling its young lawyers to flourish by promoting leadership opportunities, professional development and public service works.”  Pro Bono Chair Wendy Smith also received the Philadelphia Bar Foundation’s Crystal Award in recognition of her contributions to the Foundation.

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation and Philadelphia Bar Association Board Observer Program, created by Wendy Smith and Bar Foundation Trustee Nilam Sanghvi, Esq., was the recipient of a National Conference of Bar Foundations/LexisNexis Partnerships for Success Award.  The program places attorneys with legal and non-legal nonprofit boards in the Philadelphia region and gives young lawyers the opportunity to develop leadership skills, serve the community, network and learn about board memberships without incurring the financial costs of officially joining a board. The partnership also gives the organizations new opportunities to work with local law firms and legal institutions. The nonprofit board gets a fresh perspective from a new young professional at the table.

Weber Gallagher has established a formal pro bono program in which associates give hours each year to pro bono work. Many partners in the firm donate even more of their time. The firm also organizes periodic service projects and collections.

Our pro bono and community service activities include:

  • Organizing a pro bono practice group which works closely with the SeniorLAW Center by helping elderly, low-income residents of Philadelphia with landlord-tenant issues
  • Working with Habit for Humanity on building homes and volunteering time at the Habitat stores
  • Participating in guardianship proceedings and protecting the rights of the elderly and individuals with disabilities in those matters who cannot afford an attorney
  • Providing legal services to needy individuals through Philadelphia VIP (Volunteers for the Indigent Program)
  • Defending First Amendment and religious freedom cases
  • Acting as child advocates
  • Mentoring and providing internships for students from Philadelphia and Camden schools
  • Support of urban schools through scholarship programs and board involvement.
  • Adopt-a-Family program
  • Lackawanna Pro Bono, taking cases including landlord-tenant disputes, mortgage foreclosures, education law and wills.

“Our attorneys are very generous with their time outside of the office in providing pro bono services or actively working in their communities,” said Richard E. Stabinski, Chair of the Community Service Committee. “This volunteerism has had a direct impact on many people’s lives.”

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