Law firms of all sizes, businesses, and individual attorneys received awards as a result of their extraordinary commitment to VIP, its clients and the community. In 2011, Philadelphia VIP’s pro bono attorneys and professional staff assisted in civil cases for more than 3,310 individuals and families who could not afford attorneys and whose cases would not have been handled by other public interest organizations. The estimated value of the legal services provided in 2011 is more than $3,600,000. Over 1,000 volunteers responded to these requests to handle issues in a wide range of practice areas such as assisting individuals, nonprofits and small businesses maintain income during the economic downturn, supporting the stability of families, preventing homelessness amidst the housing crisis, promoting community economic development by investing in local communities, adoption processes, and zoning issues.
The 2012 award recipients worked tirelessly to ensure access to justice for all citizens of Philadelphia.
The Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Award was given to Blank Rome LLP; Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney; The Law Offices of Maria Testa, LLC; Cheryl Jacobs, Esq.; and TE Connectivity.
The Silver Gavel Award recipients were Dechert LLP; Willig, Williams & Davidson; Law Offices of Michael E. Fingerman; John Parsons, Esq.; and Lincoln Financial Group.
Those honored with the Bronze Gavel Award were Pepper Hamilton LLP; Astor Weiss Kaplan & Mandel, LLP; Berner Klaw & Watson LLP; Ryan Gerbino, Esq.; and Exelon Corporation.
The Juris Award was given to First American Title Insurance Company and the Amicus Award was given to David Unkovic, Esq.
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