Meting out sweet justice: Delaware County celebrates pro bono service
Birth Certificate Clinic in Chester city: Thanks to Santander Bank of Villanova & Catholic Social Services of Delaware County
Without a birth certificate, people often cannot apply for a driver's license, obtain medical assistance or other benefits, enroll in school, and sometimes enter a building that requires ID. Together, we helped children, adults, and senior citizens!
Celebrating pro bono volunteering in Chester County
Wills for Heroes event helps veterans & first responders at Coatesville VA
About three dozen veterans and first responders received help with wills, financial powers of attorney and medical directives at a Wills for Heroes event Nov. 3, 2018. LASP and Wills for Heroes partnered to bring the session to the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The Pennsylvania Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division co-sponsors Wills for Heroes. Pictured below are the volunteers -- local attorneys, law students, and paralegals/notaries -- who staffed EIGHT tables. Through the program, they were able to assist veterans, active and retired first responders, and their spouses.
PBA Pro Bono Award given to Shari Gelfont Williams
Shari Gelfont Williams of Gelfont Williams Law LLC, Huntingdon Valley, was presented with a 2018 Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Award Oct. 24 at the Bucks County Bar Association. Williams was a coordinator of the Legal Representation Project for the Network of Victim Assistance. Among her duties were recruiting, training and supervising pro bono attorneys, certified legal interns and law students to represent domestic violence victims seeking restraining orders.
Earlier in the evening, David K. Trevaskis, Esq., PBA Pro Bono Coordinator, presented a wide- ranging CLE on the importance of pro bono volunteering. He highlighted the work of Sharon Browning, Esq., and the JUST Listening Project at justlistening.net, along with the career of Edgar Cahn, Esq., now 83, who continues to travel to promote his work on timebanking and youth courts.
Montco's Pro Bono Month Appreciation Reception
The Montgomery Bar Association honored pro bono volunteers at a reception Oct. 10, 2018. For additional photos, please visit LASP's Flickr album at https://flic.kr/s/aHsms2mhuF.
Levittown library hosts LASP’s Bucks County Birth Certificate Clinic
55 birth certificates requested! THANK YOU to all pro bono volunteers from Penn Community Bank and Hill Wallack LLP for your assistance. Thanks also to the Levittown Branch of the Bucks County Free Library for hosting the LASP clinic Nov. 9, 2018.
Birth certificates often are needed to receive medical assistance, housing and other public benefits, to obtain a Pennsylvania driver’s or non-driver’s license, for access to many public buildings, and for many other general identification purposes. Individuals who attended the clinic met with a legal advocate who requested a Pennsylvania birth certificate, free of charge, for them and/or their minor children.
Free birth certificate clinic seeks to break cycle of joblessness and other issues caused by lack of photo ID
Bucks County attorney Kimberly Litzke (second from right) received a 2017 Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Award for her efforts to improve and increase pro bono participation in family law matters in Bucks County. Pictured (from left): David Trevaskis, PBA pro bono coordinator; Maria Rodriguez-Martyak, Esq.; Elizabeth Fritsch, LASP executive director; Stacey Mulholland, executive director of Bucks County Bar Association; Kimberly Litzke; and Judge C. Theodore Fritsch, Jr., Bucks County Court of Common Pleas. Photo courtesy of Pennsylvania Bar Association.
Volunteer attorneys from Merck and Montgomery Bar Foundation joined LASP staff at Manna on Main Street, Lansdale, to help 53 adults and 45 children obtain birth certificates at a clinic held in August 2017. People whose records have been lost in a fire or other disaster, for example, may have trouble obtaining their birth certificate. Without a birth certificate, it is impossible to obtain many other forms of identification or to use some government services. Many thanks to the volunteers from Merck and the Montgomery Bar Association!
You can read about our Pro Bono program and some of our other exceptional volunteer attorneys below:
Juliana Muhaj (at left), LASP / PLAN Martin Luther King, Jr. Intern; Krystal Kane, Esq., Blank Rome Pro Bono Coordinator; Sameen Oboudiyat, Pro Bono Intern; Michael E. Kelley, LASP Norristown Managing Attorney; Melissa Murawsky, Esq., Partner at Blank Rome; Jeremy Rist, Esq., Partner at Blank Rome; and Thomas Dunn, Pro Bono Intern.
Birth Certificate Clinic, co-sponsored by LASP & Blank Rome, serves 75
NORRISTOWN - 75 people received help filing an application for a PA birth certificate at a free clinic on June 25. Blank Rome LLP and LASP presented the clinic at the George Washington Carver Community Center, Norristown. Birth certificates often are needed to receive medical assistance, housing and other public benefits, to obtain a Pennsylvania driver's or non-driver's license, for access to many public buildings, and for many other general identification purposes. Thank you to Blank Rome for the pro bono assistance and fee sponsorship.
LASP presents Expungement Clinic in Phoenixville
PHOENIXVILLE - LASP partnered with the Phoenixville Area Senior Center and the office of PA Rep. Melissa Shusterman to present an Expungement Clinic Saturday, June 8, 2019 at the Senior Center. Pictured from left: Ginger Murphy, Constituent Service Advisor to Rep. Melissa Shusterman; Erica Briant, LASP Regional Expungement Attorney; and Julie Gaudan, Executive Director of the Phoenixville Area Senior Center.
NORRISTOWN - LASP was a proud participant at Reentry Day in Norristown June 28, sponsored by the Montgomery Bar Association.
Sharing information about how civil legal aid can help pave the path to reentry into the job market and better housing availability were Juliana Muhaj (at left), LASP / Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellow; Nicole McCoy, Paralegal with LASP's Regional Housing Unit; and Kesha James, Deputy Director for Advocacy.