For the tenth straight year, Ballard Spahr has followed through on its pledge to commit three percent of its billable time to pro bono work. The firm is a signatory to the Pro Bono Institute’s Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge, the standard against which the pro bono efforts of the country’s major law firms are judged.
Last year, attorneys, summer associates, and paralegals from all 13 Ballard Spahr offices donated more than 29,000 hours of free legal services to low-income clients and nonprofit organizations. Along the way, the firm has earned an impressive number of awards for pro bono excellence. In 2011, pro bono work by Ballard Spahr attorneys was recognized by Utah Legal Services, the Utah State Bar, the Pro Bono Initiative, S.J.Quinney College of Law, Philadelphia VIP, the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education, the Judges of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, and the New Jersey Law Journal.
“For more than 20 years, Ballard Spahr has created an environment that encourages pro bono work, including a top-down commitment, progressive pro bono policies, and dedicated program staff,” said Mary Gay Scanlon, Ballard’s Pro Bono Counsel. “Pro bono work provides access to justice for our clients, and personal satisfaction and professional growth for our attorneys.”