Volunteer Awards

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Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia, hosted its annual Awards Night to honor outstanding volunteers who provided pro bono services to Philadelphians in 2013 at the Wilma Theater. Over 170 guests including members of the judiciary, attorneys, law students and legal administrators came to pay tribute to the great pro bono work accomplished by VIP volunteers in 2013.

Law firms of all sizes, businesses, and individual attorneys receive awards as a result of their extraordinary commitment to VIP, its clients and the community. In 2013, Philadelphia VIP’s pro bono attorneys and professional staff assisted in closing more than 3,200 cases for individuals, families and small businesses who could not afford attorneys and whose cases would not have been handled by other public interest organizations. The estimated value of the legal services provided in 2013 is more than $3,400,000. Over 1,000 volunteers responded to these requests to handle issues in a wide range of practice areas such as assisting individuals, nonprofits and small businesses maintain income during the economic downturn, supporting the stability of families, preventing homelessness amidst the housing crisis, promoting community economic development by investing in local communities, adoption processes, and zoning issues.


Congratulations to Philadelphia VIP's 2014 Award Winners

Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Award

Small Firm Category
Berner Klaw & Watson LLP
Medium Firm Category
Willig, Williams & Davidson 
Large Firm
Ballard Spahr LLP
TE Connectivity 
Solo Practioner
Nazim Karaca, Esq. 
Outstanding New Volunteer Award
Emily Pickering, Esq. 
Outstanding Veteran Volunteer Award 
Alfonso Madrid, Esq. 
Juris Award
Fidelity National Title Group
Amicus Award
Tanya Rambert

Special recognition goes to our 2014 Awards Night Finalists who provided outstanding pro bono services to VIP clients in 2013. 

Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Award Finalists 

Small Firm
Astor Weiss Kaplan & Mandel LLP
Law Offices of Michael E. Fingerman
Medium Firm
Spector Gadon & Rosen, PC
Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy, P.C.
Large Firm 
Blank Rome LLP
Dechert LLP
Exelon Business Services Company
Solo Practitioner
George Aman, Esq.
Leslie Engle, Esq. 
A Special Thank You to our Awards Night Sponsors:

The following is a description of the awards that were presented at the 2014 Awards Night:

Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Award

  • Law Firms (one in each category:  Large, Medium and Small Firm) with the greatest number of attorneys volunteering with VIP who also provide other services
  • The Corporation with the greatest number of in-house attorneys volunteering with VIP that also provides other services
  • An individual who has given extraordinary time and effort to VIP and who handled the greatest number of cases in 2013

Outstanding New Volunteer Award

  • A newly recruited VIP volunteer attorney who has taken on a significant number of cases in 2013

Outstanding Veteran Award

  • A long-time VIP volunteer attorney who has taken a substantial number of cases since their start with VIP. 

Juris Award

  • A business that has provided outstanding support and services to the clients and staff of VIP in 2013

Amicus Award

  • An individual that has provided outstanding support and services to VIP in 2013