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January 17, 2003

Association and Citizens Bank Announce Pro Bono Award

Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Audrey C. Talley is inviting Philadelphia law firms, legal departments and individuals to nominate entries for the inaugural Citizens Pro Bono Award, which will recognize outstanding volunteer efforts to help provide legal services to those in need.
 
According to Talley, the Association, the Philadelphia Bar Foundation and Citizens Bank will present three awards recognizing pro bono publico (for the good of the public) volunteer efforts. The first award will be presented to an individual attorney at the Association's spring Quarterly Meeting, at noon, on Thursday, April 3, 2003, in the Grand Ballroom of the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue.
 
Though the awards will contain a monetary component, the monetary portion will take the form of a grant to a law-related public service agency designated by each honoree. "In this way," Talley said, "we will recognize the good works of law firms, legal departments and individual lawyers by parlaying that recognition into additional help for legal service agencies that reach out to those who need but cannot afford such services." Talley stressed that the awards would recognize truly extraordinary work in the pro bono area. "With the generous help of Citizens Bank these awards are designed to recognize pacesetting pro bono contributions - the type of volunteer effort that will serve as a model for others. We want the awards to signify achievement worthy of emulation." The other two awards (to a law firm and a legal department) will be presented at the Bar Foundation's annual Andrew Hamilton Ball in November.
 
"We are so proud to be supporting the Pro Bono awards and the attorneys who have unselfishly devoted their time and expertise for the common good. Citizens Bank believes volunteerism is at the core of our business and is dedicated to helping those in need," said Stephen D. Steinour, Chairman & CEO of Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania.
 
The 11-member Citizens Pro Bono Award Committee will be chaired by Alan M. Feldman. Nominations from all quarters are welcomed and encouraged. Those who wish to nominate law firms, individuals or legal departments for the award should send a detailed letter explaining the reason for the nomination (including supporting materials) to: Alan M. Feldman, Esq., Chair, Citizens Pro Bono Award, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Fl., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107.
 
The criteria for award winners shall be as follows:
  • Demonstrated dedication to the development and delivery of pro bono legal services in and around the City and County of Philadelphia;
  • Significant contributions toward the development of innovative approaches to the delivery of volunteer legal services;
  • Participation in an activity which results in satisfying previously unmet needs for legal services or in extending services to under-served segments of the population;
  • Successful litigation of pro bono cases favorably affecting the provision of services to the indigent;
  • Successful support of legislation contributing substantially to the provision of legal services to the indigent;
  • Significant pro bono activity;
  • Length of breadth of pro bono commitment and experience;
  • Other significant accomplishments or activities which have improved access to justice for residents of the Philadelphia area impacted by poverty, abuse and/or discrimination.
All nominations for the first award must be received by the end of the business day on Friday, Feb. 28, 2003. Anyone wishing more information about the awards should contact Areetha Carter at (215) 238-6351 or by e-mail at acarter@philabar.org.
 
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