Pro Bono & Community Service
Many people have come to associate the term “pro bono” with legal work done voluntarily and without payment, but the Latin phrase has a broader meaning – “for the public good.” At Eckert Seamans, we take pride in our long-standing dedication to serving the public through pro bono legal work as well as community service, charitable giving, civic engagement, and service on boards and committees of nonprofit organizations.
Through regular volunteering, many Eckert Seamans attorneys and staff help to advance the missions of vital organizations within their communities. Volunteers from our Boston office can be found each month wearing their Eckert Seamans aprons as they serve lunch at the New England Center for Homeless Veterans. And as a Power Partner of PHILADELPHIA READS, a nonprofit organization in partnership with The Free Library of Philadelphia and The School District of Philadelphia, attorneys and staff in our Philadelphia office volunteer as literacy coaches, meeting with students one-on-one each week.
Across all of our offices, members of the Eckert Seamans team organize and lead charitable initiatives, competing amongst each other to raise money for deserving organizations throughout the year.
At Eckert Seamans, our pro bono clients receive the same high level of attention and dedication from our attorneys that our corporate clients have come to expect. Our Pro Bono Executive Committee oversees the intake of all of the firm’s pro bono legal work. Whenever possible, we partner with our clients on pro bono matters, which allows us to work together to achieve common goals as we serve our community. We also encourage our attorneys to connect with new potential pro bono opportunities of interest to them.
Each year, Eckert Seamans provides thousands of hours of pro bono legal services, worth millions of dollars. We perform pro bono work on behalf of organizations such as Neighborhood Legal Services, the Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership, Philadelphia VIP, the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program, and local Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts programs.
In cooperation with the firm’s Nonprofit Group, our attorneys have recently helped set up 501(c)(3) organizations for a number of pro bono clients, including Hekima Place, a girls’ home in Nairobi, Kenya; two schools in Africa; and a coalition to assist small business corporations in disaster planning. Eckert Seamans has also recently completed pro bono work for an organization that supports an orphanage in Ethiopia, a historical preservation organization, an after school education programming, an organization engaged in clean energy and water efforts in India, and a youth soccer club that raises money for cancer research.
The firm has also assisted organizations such as: Fresh Artists, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit arts organization that amplifies the voice of children by increasing access to arts education; Growth Through Energy and Community Health (GTECH) Strategies, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit that cultivates the unrealized potential of people and places to improve the economic, social, and environmental health of our communities; and One Degree Solar, a venture-backed supplier of renewable energy products and services that improve lives for low-income, off-grid families across Africa. ODS solutions power lights, phones, fans, radios, and educational technology that enable families and small businesses to live healthier and more productive lives.