In a year when pro bono hours ticked upward nationally among firms participating the survey, Pennsylvania firms also saw a slight increase overall, from 48.7 hours per lawyer to 53.4, based on The American Lawyer’s data.

Ballard Spahr, which had the second highest pro bono ranking among Pennsylvania firms, has also been heavily involved in the Clemency Project, said Mary Gay Scanlon, as partner Marjorie Peerce is on the project’s steering committee. The firm has been working on getting a broader base of lawyers working on pro bono, she said, but has no plans to institute a pro bono hours requirement.

Some of Ballard Spahr’s corporate clients, including Wawa and Comcast, have gotten involved in certain pro bono endeavors, Scanlon said, which has helped get lawyers more interested.

“It’s a way to work with your clients in a different dimension and a way that everyone feels good about,” Scanlon said.
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