Fox Rothschild Honored for Pro Bono Work With Esteemed Philadelphia Bar Foundation AwardNovember 6, 2012 – Press Releases
Touting Fox Rothschild’s pro bono work on bankruptcy, small business and family law cases in disadvantaged communities throughout Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Bar Foundation recently honored the firm with its 2012 Pro Bono Award at the 34th Annual Andrew Hamilton Benefit.
First presented in 2003, the Philadelphia Bar Foundation Pro Bono Award is given annually to a Philadelphia law firm or corporate legal department that demonstrates outstanding volunteer efforts in providing legal services to those in need.
Abraham C. Reich, co-chair of Fox Rothschild and former chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, along with Fox partners Prince Altee Thomas and Magdalena Schardt, accepted the award on behalf of the firm at a private reception prior to the Foundation’s Andrew Hamilton Gala at the Barnes on the Parkway.
The firm’s receipt of this year’s award stems from the work that members of its Financial Restructuring and Bankruptcy Department have done with the Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project (CBAP) for more than two decades.
In their most outstanding year, in 2007 when Fox Rothschild was celebrating its 100th Anniversary as a firm, the bankruptcy attorneys honored the event by volunteering an astounding 100 hours of pro bono service for CBAP. The firm has provided significant support to the organization in response to the challenges presented by the passage of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (BAPCPA). Year after year, the firm participates in CBAP’s donor pledge campaign and provides generous financial donations.
Michael G. Menkowitz, chair of Fox Rothschild’s nationwide Financial Restructuring and Bankruptcy Department, has worked with CBAP since the organization’s early years, providing support through supervising attorneys, working closely with law students and serving as a mentor.
CBAP clients also benefit from the leadership provided by board members Prince Altee Thomas and Jay G. Ochroch, as well as through the volunteer work of firm attorneys Magdalena Schardt and Jason C. Manfrey, who regularly assist CBAP clients on a pro bono basis, helping them obtain a fresh financial start and recapture a stable financial footing.
Fox Rothschild has a long history of giving back to the community by providing free legal services to those in need. Its broad-based pro bono program includes legal services at no cost to individuals who need assistance as well as to various community groups, nonprofit associations, and social welfare, human resources and religious organizations, including Community Legal Services, Inc. of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (VIP) and the Support Center for Child Advocates.
The firm was one of Philadelphia’s first major law firms to establish a policy of mandatory pro bono service for first-year and second-year associates. This required participation benefits the greater community and gives associates meaningful responsibility and early client contact.