2013 Cumberland County PBA Pro Bono Attorney of the Year: Megan Riesmeyer
The Pennsylvania Bar Association, through its Legal Services to the Public Committee, joined the Cumberland County Bar Association and its CCBA Pro Bono Committee in honoring Megan Riesmeyer as the recipient of the 2013 PBA Pro Bono Award. Shown above are award recipient Riesmeyer, right, with PBA County Bar Services Director Nicole Antos and Rob Kline, outgoing president of the CCBA. Read more about the award presentation.
PBA's Miller Wagner Receives 2013 Pro Bono Partner Award, Nov. 21, 2013
Gabriele Miller Wagner, administrative assistant for both PBA's Pro Bono Legal Services and County Bar Services departments, was awarded the 2013 PBA Pro Bono Partner Award at PBA Committee/Section Day, Nov. 21, by PBA Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee Chair Wes Payne. Miller Wagner was honored for her service beyond the PBA since she serves on her own time as a regional coordinator for the Young Lawyers Division's "Wills for Heroes" program and does volunteer work on behalf of veterans as well. Presented to a nonlawyer who supports legal services to those in need, the award nomination for Miller Wagner noted that she "is a champion of pro bono service" and a "shining example to lawyers and nonlawyers across Pennsylvania about the positive difference one person can make!"
Lebanon County Bar Association Name Pro Bono Award for Warner, November 2013,
At the annual meeting of the Lebanon County Bar Association in November 2013, it was the unanimous vote of the membership to name the annual PBA Pro Bono Recognition Award the William H. G. Warner Pro Bono Attorney Award, honoring Warner’s commitment to legal services and to working to make pro bono legal service what it is today in Lebanon County. Read some of Warner's documents illustrating his commitment to the field.
Lackawanna to Recognize Pro Bono Volunteers, Nov. 19, 2013
Andrew Alston Wins First Law Student Pro Bono Partner Award, Nov. 1, 2013
The PBA presented Andrew Alston its first Law Student Pro Bono Partner Award on Nov. 1, 2013, in a special ceremony at the Defender Association of Philadelphia. Alston spent six years with the association - starting as a volunteer, then as a paralegal and now as an assistant public defender, having now graduated from Temple University's James E. Beasley School of Law and recently passing the bar Chief Defender Ellen Greenlee, with Alston in the photo above, presented the award along with PBA Pro Bono Coordinator David K. Trevaskis. Alston's nomination noted that "his whole reason for going to law school was to serve the most needy of our fellow Pennsylvanians," a task he has been working on since he was a college student. The range of Alston's activities as a law student, from programs in the Philadelphia Traffic to work with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, show his commitment and underscore the significant contribution law students can make to accessing justice for the poor. Alston has worked with ex-offenders re-entering society and with veterans facing a wide variety of legal issues. Those programs continue to thrive with volunteer work from area law students from Temple, Drexel, and Rutgers. Andrew has also volunteered for public education programs run by both the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Bar associations. At a time when we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Gideon but finding much more needs to be done on both the criminal and civil sides of the law to realize the promise of that case for access to justice for all, Alston's example is an inspiring rebuttal to the cynics who claim there is nothing we can do to change the picture. Congratulations to a great inaugural pick for this award!
2013 Pro Bono Award to Leslie Puida, PBA President Myers Remarks Featured at the Bucks County Pro Bono Nonprofit Community Vendor Fair and Reception, Oct. 30, 2013
Gray Honored with PBA Pro Bono Award at Reading Event, Oct. 23, 2013
Sharon L. Gray was recognized for her pro bono efforts with a PBA 2013 Pro Bono Award during the Berks County Bar Association's Pro Bono Awards Ceremony in Reading, Oct. 23, 2013, with PBA President Forest N. Myers on hand. Shown above, Frank Mulligan, left, a law firm partner of Gray's, accepts the award on her behalf from Myers. Read Gray's pro bono profile. Read Myers' remarks.
LSC Board Honors Pennsylvania Programs at Pittsburgh Meeting, Oct. 20-22, 2013
The national Legal Services Corp. (LSC) board met in Pittsburgh Oct. 20-22, with the program including honors for LSC programs from across Pennsylvania during the Pro Bono Awards Reception on Oct. 21. The reception was held at the K&L Gates law firm, with speakers including former Pennsylvania Governor and U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh and U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah. Also on Oct. 21: In the morning there were two distinguished panels discussing the importance of civil legal aid to the orderly functioning of the civil justice system, followed by a luncheon. The panels were held in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court courtroom. The luncheon was held at the Renaissance Hotel. Click here for photos from the event. Following are the pro bono honorees:
James P. DeAngelo, nominated by MidPenn Legal Services Inc.
Mary R. Bates, nominated by Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services Inc.
Ronald R. Bolig, nominated by Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania
Gregory L. Heidt, nominated by Northwestern Legal Services
Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership, nominated by Neighborhood Legal Services Association
Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Harris, Waters and Waffenschmidt, nominated by North Penn Legal Services Inc.
Joseph A. Sullivan, nominated by Philadelphia Legal Assistance Center
Westmoreland Legal Foundation, nominated by Laurel Legal Services Inc.
Krone Is 2013 PBA Pro Bono Award Winner in Dauphin County
Stephen R. Krone is the 2013 PBA Pro Bono Award winner of Dauphin County. A longtime legal services attorney, Krone has continued upon retirement to use his talents in helping the poor, continuing to come to the MidPenn Legal Services (MLS) office to work on pro bono cases and serve as a mentor to less seasoned attorneys. At a time when legal aid programs are closing offices and losing staff, Krone provides MLS with an invaluable resource. In 2007 Krone was honored as the PBA's Civil Legal Aid Attorney of the Year for dedicating more than 35 years of his career to public service at MLS and its predecessor, Dauphin County Legal Services, for using his extensive experience in many areas of the law, particularly housing, Social Security and child support, to help low-income persons, and for mentoring many new lawyers at MidPenn Legal Services. Krone is shown below upon receiving his award at the Dauphin County Bar Association, Sept. 26, 2013, with Ashley Gabrielle, MLS staff attorney, and Sally Heffelfinger, MLS secretary.
Hogan Lovells Law Firm Wins 2012 PBA Pro Bono Award for Support of PILCOP
Shown below, Jennifer Clarke of the Public Interest Law center of Philadelphia (left) presents Hogan Lovells partner Virginia Gibson with a 2012 PBA Pro Bono Award won by the firm for its support of PILCOP in the legislative redistricting litigation. The firm was nominated by a Carbon County resident who commended the firm for taking on a difficult case as a pro bono matter and winning a verdict that impacted the entire commonwealth.
Carolyn Capobianco Receives 2012 PBA Pro Bono Partner Award, Feb. 23, 2013
Carolyn M. Capobianco, an administrator with the law firm of Ballard Spahr who coordinates the Wills for Heroes program in Pennsylvania and beyond, is the winner of the 2012 PBA Pro Bono Partner Award, presented to a non-lawyer who supports legal services to those in need. "Carolyn is the engine that drives the Wills for Heroes program in Pennsylvania," said David Keller Trevaskis, PBA pro bono coordinator, on making the presentation. "Her service underscores the importance of non-lawyer partners in making pro bono service work!" Shown above with Capobianco holding her award are Dan J.T. McKenna (back, left), co-director of the Pennsylvania WFH program and president of the national WFH Foundation; Trevaskis (back, right); and Mary Gay Scanlon, pro bono counsel for Ballard Spahr and chair of the firm's Pro Bono Committee. Photo by Nick Capobianco.
Samuel W. Milkes, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Receives 2012 Civil Legal Aid Attorney of the Year Award from PBA President Thomas G. Wilkinson Jr.
Cooper Receives 2012 Pro Bono Award, Winter 2012-13
Bucks County Judge C. Theodore Fritsch Jr. honored the pro bono service of Harry J. Cooper, presenting him with a 2012 PBA Pro Bono Award. Cooper routinely provides more than 100 hours of such service each year, taking some of the toughest cases that come into the PBA Pro Bono Office, particularly for veterans facing a myriad of problems, both civil and criminal. Judge Fritsch lauded Cooper and all pro bono attorneys for their service to the neediest among us.
PBA Vice President O'Connor Presents Awards Honoring
Lackawanna County Pro Bono Effort, Nov. 29, 2012
PBA Vice President Francis X. O'Connor joined lawyers and judges from Lackawanna County for a celebration of pro bono service in Scranton on Nov. 29. O'Connor presented 2012 PBA Pro Bono Awards and applauded the pro bono effort in the county. Click here for more information and photos from the event.
Amy B. Good Receives Pro Bono Award at Berks County Event, Oct. 23, 2012
Wyomissing lawyer Amy B. Good received a PBA Pro Bono Award during the Berks County Bar Association's Pro Bono Week program addressed by former U.S. Attorney General and Pennsylvania Gov. Dick Thornburgh. Click here for more.
Martin N. Ghen Receives Pro Bono Award at Bucks County Event, Oct. 24, 2012
Chalfont lawyer Martin N. Ghen received a PBA Pro Bono Award during the Bucks County Pro Bono Week reception addressed by PBA President Thomas G. Wilkinson Jr. Click here for more.
Lebanon County Bar Honors C. Walter Whitmoyer as 'Pro Bono Attorney of the Year,' Oct. 25, 2012
Washington County's First 'Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year' Awardees Bowman and Rundquist Honored at Pro Bono Week Event, Oct. 29, 2012
Attorneys Rebecca A. Bowman and David E. Rundquist Jr. are the 2012 recipients of the Washington County Bar Association's inaugural "Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year" award. The attorneys, who are WCBA members, were selected by the bar association's Pro Bono and Lawyer Referral Services Committee for their outstanding contributions of legal services through organized pro bono programs to the indigent of Washington County. Find out more .
Washington County Honors Pro Bono Attorneys, Oct. 29, 2012
PBA President Wilkinson at Delaware County Bar Association's Legal Aid Benefit, Oct. 4, 2012
PBA President Thomas G. Wilkinson Jr. joined Delaware County lawyers and staff of Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania (LASP) at the "Sweeten the Pot" legal aid fundraiser held in Media, Oct. 4. Shown below are, from left, 2012 PBA Pro Bono Award winner William A. Galinas, Karen Tyler of LSAP, 2012 PBA Pro Bono Winner Lyn B. Schoenfeld and Wilkinson. Read Wilkinson's remarks.
2012 PBA Pro Bono Awards
January 2012 Announcement by PBA President Matt Creme Opening the Awards Nomination Period
2012 Pro Bono Awards, Judges Award and Pro Bono Partner Award Winners Listed by County
2012 Awards Narratives
Stanzione Receives Legal Services to the Public Committee Award, 2012
The PBA Legal Services to the Public Committee has presented awards to lawyers deserving special recognition for voluntary efforts to provide free and reduced-fee legal representation to low-income Pennsylvanians for the past quarter century. Receiving the award recently for Chester County was John Stanzione, a valuable advocate for the clients of Legal Aid of Southeast Pennsylvania (LSAP) for more than 10 years. While President of the Chester County Bar Association, Stanzione, shown here with David K. Trevaskis, PBA pro bono coordinator, promoted and supported the access to justice of the needy while directly assisting LASP clients with unemployment cases.
Presentation of 2011 PBA Pro Bono Award Dennis J. Gounley of Greensburg, January 2012
Dennis J. Gounley, of Greensburg, received his 2011 PBA Pro Bono Award at a Westmoreland Bar Association program. Shown below, longtime WBA and PBA leader Dick Galloway, left, presents the award for Gounley's assistance to pro bono clients with debt collection and bankruptcy issues.
North Penn Legal Services Volunteer Michelle DeWald Honored with 2011 PBA Pro Bono Award, Dec. 21, 2011
Vedder Receives 2011 PBA Pro Bono Award
From left, Emma Vedder, daughter of winner; Clyde W. Vedder, 2011 PBA Pro Bono Award recipient; his wife, Beth; and David Keller Trevaskis, PBA pro bono coordinator
From left, Ben Hooper, MidPenn York; Angela Eveler, Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center; Vedder; David Trevaskis; and Rhodia Thomas, MidPenn Legal Services and Co-Chair, PBA Access to Justice Committee
From left, Hon. Richard K. Renn; Vedder; and Hon Clarence N. Patterson Jr.
Presentation of the 2011 Pro Bono Award, Cumberland County Bar Association; from left, Hubert Gilroy, George B. Faller Jr., Katie Maxwell, state Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin, Jennifer Spears, PBA Vice President Forest N. Myers, Thomas J. Williams, David Fitzsimons, Chris VanLandingham and PBA Pro Bono Coordinator David K. Trevaskis
2011 Pro Bono Awards for Lancaster
Eric Rothermel: Rothermel was admitted to the practice of law in Pennsylvania in October 2009. He has made pro bono service part of his practice from the very beginning. He took his first pro bono case through the Volunteer Attorney Program in September 2009 and has handled 11 pro bono matters since then, including one custody case which required over 100 hours of work. He also serves as a co-coordinator of Lancaster County's Wills for Heroes program, which, through a team of volunteer attorneys and paralegals, provides free estate planning services to our county's primary responders (fire, police, EMT) and their spouses. In addition, Rothermel has assisted low-income taxpayers with tax return preparation through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program
Angela Flouras Rieck: Rieck began her career as a judicial clerk, then entered private practice in October 2008. She immediately became active in the Volunteer Attorney Program and has handled 11 pro bono custody and Protection From Abuse cases since then. In addition, she has served since 2009 on Lancaster County's Youth Aid Panel, a panel of community members which works with first-time juvenile offenders and their parents to foster satisfactory alternative resolutions. She has also volunteered her time with the Wills for Heroes program, which provides free estate planning assistance to primary responders (police, fire, EMT).
Park Honored with ABA Pro Bono Award
Elena Park, a past PBA Pro Bono Award winner and a 2011 Goffman Award winner, was among those honored with a 2011 ABA Pro Bono Publico Award. The award was presented at the Pro Bono Publico Awards Assembly Luncheon during the ABA Annual Meeting, in Toronto, Canada, on Aug. 8, 2011. Click here for more on Park and the other recipients of the ABA awards. Pictured below at the awards event are, from left, PBA President Matthew J. Creme Jr.; PBA Immediate Past President Gretchen A. Mundorff; Ms. Park; and PBA President-elect Thomas G. Wilkinson Jr.
2011 PBA Pro Bono Awards
January 2011 Announcement by PBA President Gretchen A. Mundorff Opening of the Awards Nomination Period
2011 Pro Bono Awards, Judges Award, Civil Legal Aid Award and Pro Bono Partner Award Winners
2011 Awards Press Release, Awardees Listed by County
Bordonaro Receives Pro Bono Award During PBA's 2011 Minority Attorney Conference
Pennsylvania is dealing with a civil legal aid crisis that sees half the people who make it to a legal aid office and qualify for legal aid being turned away from help because of a lack of resources. Despite special fees and a new loan forgiveness program for civil legal aid attorneys, our system of justice does not have the professional resources to meet the growing need for such services. So you might wonder why a PBA Pro Bono Award went to Nicole Bordonaro for creating the Civics Education Alliance housed in the Office of General Council where she works. This is education about the law, not direct service. But when that educational outreach brings more than 120 lawyers and judges into eighth grade classes in the Harrisburg public schools, the value to the community is tremendous and contributes mightily to the public good, the real test of pro bono service. Shown here, PBA President Gretchen Mundorff (right) presents Bordonaro with the award during the 2011 PBA Minority Attorney Conference, held in Philadelphia March 17-18. Mundorff lauded Bordonaro for her vision and commitment and encouraged all lawyers to visit a school where there are children in need.
Park Receives Pro Bono Award at 2011 Annual Conference
The 2011 PBA Pro Bono Conference kicked off March 7 with the presentation of a PBA Pro Bono Award to Elena Park, a Cozen O'Connor associate. Shown here at the award presentation with Park, who received the award for her work in representing the indigent on immigration issues, are PBA Pro Bono Coordinator David K. Trevaskis, right, and Cozen O'Connor member Doug Fox. Click here for more on the conference.
Presentation of 2010 PBA Pro Bono Award to Judge Lovecchio, Feb. 16, 2011
Lycoming County Judge Marc Lovecchio is shown here receiving his 2010 PBA Pro Bono Award on Feb. 16, 2011. The award recognized Lovecchio's pro bono efforts in providing free legal service to clients of North Penn Legal Services prior to his joining the bench in 2010. The award was presented by John Person and Victoria Coyle of North Penn Legal Services.
PBA Pro Bono Award Presented to Philadelphia Bar Association Committee, December 2010
2010 PBA Pro Bono Awards
2010 PBA Pro Bono Award Nomination Summaries
2010 Pro Bono Awards, Judges Awards and Civil Legal Aid Award Winners
Lebanon County Bar Association Recognizes Pro Bono Work, Whitmoyer Receives Award
Read the Dec. 1, 2010, news release about the LCBA celebration of 2010 National Pro Bono Week. In the photo below, John H. Whitmoyer, left, receives the Lebanon County Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award from PBA Pro Bono Coordinator David Trevaskis.
Bucks County's Shick Receives Award
PBA Pro Bono Coordinator David Trevaskis presents Bucks County Pro Bono Award winner Linda Shick with her award, Oct. 27, 2010.
Mundorff Presents Award to Mott of Dauphin County
Dauphin County attorney Dorothy Mott (second from left) receives her 2010 Pro Bono Award at Committee/Section Day in Harrisburg on Nov. 18, 2010, from PBA President Gretchen Mundorff (third from left) as Legal Services to the Public Co-Chairs Vicki Coyle (far left) and Sandy Ballard (far right) look on. Mott's award nomination captures her special service: "Not only has Dorie Mott and her firm donated countless hours, they are also willing to take emergency pro bono bankruptcy cases. MidPenn Legal Services has other pro bono attorneys that are willing to take regular pro bono bankruptcy cases. However, Dorie's efforts are unique and especially worthy of recognition due to Dorie's repeated willingness to take these frequent emergency cases."
Allegheny County Bar Association Pro Bono Achievement Award Winners Honored at Fellows Grand Reception, Sept. 27, 2010
Rick Filippi Honored by Erie County Bar Association, Northwestern Legal Services as 2010 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, June 22, 2010
2010 Pro Bono Celebration of Volunteers Program; PBA News Release; Awards Photos from the Event, May 19, 2010
County Bar Programs Honored with Awards
The Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) presented County Bar Recognition Awards during the 44th Annual Seminar of the Conference of County Bar Leaders, Feb. 25 - 27, 2010, in Lancaster. Many of the awards went to counties for their pro bono programs. Click here for the awards news release.
2009 PBA Pro Bono Award Winners by County
2009 Pro Bono Awards Nominations Summaries
PBA Legal Services to the Public Committee 2009 Pro Bono Award Photos
2008 Pro Bono Awards and Photos
2007 PBA Pro Bono Award Winners’ Photos
2007 Pro Bono Award Winners
2006 Judges’ Award and Civil Legal Aid Attorney Award
2006 PBA Pro Bono Award Winners
2006 PBA Pro Bono Award Winners' Photos
2005 Judges’ Award and Civil Legal Aid Attorney Award
2005 PBA Pro Bono Award Winners
Previous Years’ Pro Bono Award Winners