We serve unmet legal needs of the indigent
From our senior partners to our new associates, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP acknowledges and embraces the responsibility of each lawyer to provide pro bono publico service to those who cannot otherwise afford legal representation. Recognizing the growing severity of the unmet legal needs of the poor and disadvantaged, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr launched "We're All In," a firm wide pro bono initiative, in 2005. Our firm has pledged to give a minimum of 25 hours per attorney to help meet the overwhelming needs of the indigent, abused and neglected children, the homeless, and other interests in the community. Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr is a proud participant in the Pro Bono Institute's Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge, a unique benchmark for pro bono service among large law firms
We provide both transactional and litigation services that address a wide range of issues related to advance personal planning, housing, elder abuse, consumer protection and predatory lending, denials by the Veterans Benefits Administration, problems with job re-entry after active military service, Social Security, and other public benefits and more.
Recognition for our pro bono work
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr is well-recognized for providing pro bono legal services along the East Coast. In 2011, a member of the Business and Finance Department received the 2010 Alex Fee Memorial Pro Bono Service Award in Maryland. The firm is a seven-time recipient of the Philadelphia VIP Chancellor's Award for its active participation in handling pro bono cases. In 2002, one of our partners received the prestigious Louis J. Goffman Award, which is given annually to one Pennsylvania attorney by the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation in recognition of significant pro bono contributions. And in 1997, the firm received the Maryland State Bar Herbert S. Garten Special Project Award for its outstanding pro bono services.
Encouraging pro bono and community service
We have a standing Pro Bono Committee, consisting of partners and associates, which manages and promotes the firm's pro bono practice. Under its direction, our attorneys undertake representations through many referral agencies, such as the Federal Bar Association, Dauphin County Bar Association Pro Bono Program, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, Maryland Bar Foundation, Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (VIP), Philadelphia Support Center for Child Advocates, SeniorLAW Center in Philadelphia, Delaware Volunteer Legal Services, Lawyers Clearinghouse, American Civil Liberties Union, various veterans' organizations and senior citizen advocacy groups. In addition to their pro bono work, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr attorneys have taken important leadership positions in many of these organizations.
We encourage our attorneys to support our signature projects or take cases in their area of interest. We provide ongoing training and support to handle those cases. Attorneys receive billable hours credit for the first 25 hours of pro bono service and are recognized by firm leadership for additional pro bono time.
Sandy R. Bilus, Chair