October 31, 2010
Two Philadelphia Law Firms and Managing Attorney of Philadelphia VIP to Receive Prestigious Philadelphia Bar Foundation Awards
Gay Chacker & Mittin, P.C. and Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin and Ourania "Rainy" Papademetriou, Esquire, Co-Managing Attorney for Litigation of Philadelphia VIP, will receive two awards presented by the Philadelphia Bar Foundation at the 32nd AnnualAndrew Hamilton Benefit, November 6 at Lincoln Financial Field. Gay Chacker & Mittin, P.C. and Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin will share the Philadelphia Bar Foundation Pro Bono Award which honors outstanding law firm pro bono efforts, and Papademetriou will receive the Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award, presented to an attorney in the non-profit legal community whose work advances the cause of equal access to justice.
“We believe that lawyers have a special responsibility to ensure equal access to justice,” said Amy B. Ginensky, President of the Bar Foundation and Partner at Pepper Hamilton. “Through their extensive pro bono work, both Gay Chacker & Mittin and Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin exemplify this ideal, and we are proud to celebrate their level of excellence by presenting them with this award.”
Gay Chacker & Mittin, lead by Edward Chacker, Esquire, a former chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association and former president of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, has been an active supporter of the public interest Bar. Ed, especially has been an outspoken advocate and fundraiser for the organizations that provide legal services for the poor and vulnerable in our community.
It is particularly fitting that Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin receives the Bar Foundation Pro Bono Award this year because of its work, through shareholder Daniel Segal, on the Luzerne County judicial corruption case. Juvenile Law Center, having broken the case originally, needed pro bono help file a federal civil rights damage action. According to Juvenile Law Center executive director Robert G. Schwartz, “Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin not only responded instantly to our need, but the firm committed Dan's time and talent, as well as that of associate Rebecca Santoro and paralegal Bob Hrouda. During the past two years, the Hangley team has contributed over 2200 hours to this effort.”
Ourania "Rainy" Papademetriou is a public interest lawyer who has dedicated her entire 25-year legal career to serving the public interest. As Joseph Sullivan, pro bono coordinator for Pepper Hamilton and co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Delivery of Legal Services wrote, “Rainy has demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to her clients. She has a deep understanding of her clients' difficulties and the suffering they endure when their legal needs are not being met. This sensitivity prompts Rainy to search hard for solutions, and to reach out creatively to members of the public interest legal community to get help.”
The presentation of these honors traditionally takes place at the Philadelphia Bar Foundation’s Andrew Hamilton Benefit. Co-chaired this year by Thomas A. Brophy of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Coggin and Rudolph Garcia of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney and the Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor-elect, the Benefit raises funds to support the Bar Foundation’s grants program which funds a network of 33 public interest legal organizations that provide civil legal services to those struggling with discrimination, abuse and poverty.
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