Weber Gallagher has a very active Pro Bono Committee that donates free legal counsel to a variety of groups and individuals. Through various public legal service agencies, our attorneys have served as pro bono counsel in a variety of ways. They have assisted the elderly and those with disabilities in guardianship matters, assisted the homeless with legal issues, acted as counsel in divorce and custody proceedings, hosted free seminars on relevant legal topics and provided legal advice to charitable groups.
Our pro bono activities have included:
- 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.
- Providing legal writing skills for Wills for Heroes, which assists all active and veteran military personnel in creating living wills for each service member and their spouse.
- Participating in guardianship proceedings and protecting the rights of the elderly/ individuals with disabilities 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.
- Partnered with Lackawanna Pro Bono which assists financially disadvantaged individuals and families in civil matters such as landlord/tenant disputes, mortgage foreclosures and education law.
- Co-organized a session for attorneys in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia to assist transgendered people seeking a legal name change. This project was in conjunction with the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF), a national nonprofit organization.
“Our attorneys are very generous with their time outside of the office in providing pro bono services or actively working in their communities,” said Tracy A. Walsh, Chair of the Pro Bono Committee. “This volunteerism has had a positive direct impact on many people’s lives.”