Fox Rothschild has a long history of giving back to the community by providing free legal services to those in need. Our broad-based pro bono program includes legal services at no cost for individuals who need assistance as well as services to various religious organizations, community groups, non-profit associations, social welfare, and human resources organizations.
A Duty and a Priority
We were one of Philadelphia’s first major law firms to establish a policy of mandatory pro bono service for our first-year and second-year associates. This required participation benefits the greater community, and gives our associates meaningful responsibility and early client contact.
Good Work Recognized
Lawyers and paralegals participating in the pro bono program receive credit for the time spent on those matters. Pro bono hours are also a factor used to determine base salaries and bonuses.
Our dedication to pro bono work spans our national network of offices, directly benefiting the communities where our attorneys live and work. By making a concerted effort to donate their time and services, our attorneys are involved first-hand in making a lasting impact on those communities.
In the Philadelphia office, for example, first- and second-year associates receive hands-on experience with the Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (known as Philadelphia VIP). Each attorney is assigned a case through the VIP and works with a mentoring attorney to provide comprehensive legal services.
Serving Those Who Serve Our Country
Fox attorneys actively participate in numerous initiatives to help veterans of our nation’s armed forces as well as first responders. We operate a free legal clinic – the first of its kind – at the largest Veterans Administration hospital in New Jersey, handling landlord-tenant cases, child support and custody hearings, divorce litigation, and Social Security benefits cases for veterans and their families. Our attorneys also prepare wills for dying veterans and first responders to ensure their last wishes are preserved and honored. Additionally, we participate in other pro bono efforts for veterans, including transition assistance to post-military life and estate planning services.
We encourage individuals seeking reduced-fee legal assistance to first contact a local, city or state bar association or the ABA Division for Legal Services.
Please direct any questions regarding the firm’s pro bono programs to the co-chairs of the Pro Bono Committee.
Robert S. Tintner