Dilworth Paxson LLP encourages all lawyers to provide pro bono legal services. The firm works with many organizations including the Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (VIP), Legal Clinic for the Disabled (LCD), the Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP), and the Prisoner Civil Rights Panel of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (the “Prisoner Rights Panel”). Dilworth Paxson endorses the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service voluntary pro bono policy initiatives, including the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Pro Bono Initiative and the Pennsylvania Interest on Lawyer Trust Account (IOLTA) Board Pro Bono Initiative.
The Philadelphia Business Journal Top 25 Law Firms Ranked by Pro Bono Hours
The Philadelphia Business Journal selected Dilworth Paxson as one of the Top 25 Law Firms ranked by pro bono hours as part of the Brotherly Love Sisterly Affection Awards which honors local partnerships between for-profit and nonprofit companies.
Pro Bono Initiatives
Urban League of Philadelphia
As acting General Counsel for the Urban League of Philadelphia (ULP), Dilworth takes great pride in our representation of the ULP and in ensuring that they have the information and counsel needed to face any hurdles and better serve the Philadelphia community. In 2021, Dilworth received the ULP Presidential Award, which recognized the Firm’s partnership with ULP and our commitment to civic engagement.
Legal Clinic for the Disabled
Throughout the year Dilworth partners with the Legal Clinic for the Disabled (LCD) for Community Outreach Legal Clinics. Our attorneys prepare living wills, advanced healthcare directives, financial and healthcare power of attorneys and simple wills for low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities. LCD empowers low-income people with disabilities in the Philadelphia region to achieve independence and justice by providing free legal representation to overcome legal obstacles that would otherwise affect their independence.
In 2019, Dilworth partner Matthew Whitehorn received LCD’s Special Recognition Award for his outstanding pro-bono work. The Special Recognition Award is given to the person, nominated by LCD’s Board of Directors, who has shown outstanding commitment to people with disabilities and LCD’s work in the disability community. Read more: HERE
Homeless Advocacy Project
Dilworth is a proud participant in birth certificate clinics for the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless. The clinics are located at Project H.O.M.E. and hosted by The Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) DELVACCA (Delaware Valley Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel) and PECO/Exelon.