Grants for Legal Aid

During 2015 and 2016, the Bar Foundation provided grants and support for 38 nonprofit legal aid organizations. Our legal aid partners provide access to justice for over 430,000 low-income Philadelphians, helping individuals and families facing poverty, abuse, and discrimination.

Our Nonprofit Legal Aid Partners: Read details and link to their websites to learn more.

Grant Totals: $625,000 in 2015; $433,050 in 2016.

2015 2016

The Access to Justice Gap

Philadelphia has the worst poverty rate of the largest U.S. cities.

Only 1 in 5 low-income individuals and families in Philadelphia receive legal assistance needed for crucial problems affecting their lives.

The Bar Foundation Removes Barriers to Justice

We are the only foundation in Philadelphia solely dedicated to sustaining and strengthening our city's legal services community, providing over $3 million in grants and other support in the last five years.

Research shows that every dollar invested in legal aid yields, on average, an $11 benefit for the individual, their family, and the whole community.

Supporting the Full Range of Legal Services

Over 35 nonprofit legal aid organizations receive annual grants and other support from the Bar Foundation, representing the full range of vital services for people in need.

Over 60,000 clients per year receive direct services from organizations funded by the Foundation, as well as tens of thousands more who benefit through impact litigation and advocacy.

More than Just Grants

The Bar Foundation addresses a wide variety of needs in the legal aid sector, including training programs, fellowships, awards, and assistance for technical and operational issues.

Grants Committee Members in 2015 - 2016

2015 Grants Committee

Michael E. Adler, Esq. (Chair; Trustee), Law Office of Michael E. Adler

Ellan Rubin Bernstein, Esq., Law Firm of Ralph S. Pinkus

Steven E. Bizar, Esq. (Foundation President), Dechert LLP

Linsey B. Bozzelli, Esq. (Trustee), Blank Rome LLP

Deborah R. Gross, Esq. (Chancellor Elect), Kaufman, Coren & Ress, P.C.

Susan L. Heckrotte, Independence Foundation

Jessica R. Hilburn-Holmes, Esq., Executive Director Philadelphia Bar Foundation

Eve Biskind Klothen, Esq., Rutgers School of Law – Camden

Ryan Leonard, Esq., Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Martha E. Morse, Esq., Pembroke Philanthropy Advisors

 

 

Joseph C. Pellerite, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Danielle N. Peteja, Esq., Saul Ewing LLP

G. Mark Thompson, Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman and Goggin, P.C.

Roberta G. Torian, Esq. (Trustee), Reed Smith LLP

John R. Urofsky, PNC Bank (retired)

Lawrence F. Walker, Esq. (Trustee), Cozen O’Connor

 

2016 Grants Committee

Michael E. Adler, Esq. (Chair; Trustee), Law Office of Michael E. Adler

Mitchell L. Bach, Esq. (Trustee), Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC

Ellan Rubin Bernstein, Esq., Law Firm of Ralph S. Pinkus

Donald J. Bird, CFP (Trustee), PFM Asset Management

Steven E. Bizar, Esq. (Foundation President), Dechert LLP

Brian S. Chacker, Esq. (Trustee), Gay Chacker & Mitten, PC

Deborah R. Gross, Esq. (Chancellor Elect), Kaufman, Coren & Ress, P.C.

Susan L. Heckrotte, Independence Foundation

Jessica R. Hilburn-Holmes, Esq., Executive Director Philadelphia Bar Foundation

Emmanuel O. Iheukwumere, Esq. (Trustee), Emmanuel Law Firm, LLC

Eve Biskind Klothen, Esq., Rutgers School of Law – Camden

Ryan Leonard, Esq., Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Martha E. Morse, Esq., Pembroke Philanthropy Advisors

Joseph C. Pellerite, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

 

 

Danielle N. Peteja, Esq., Saul Ewing LLP

Alan C. Promer, Esq. (Trustee), Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller

Hon. A. Michael Snyder (ret.) (Trustee), The Dispute Resolution Institute

G. Mark Thompson, Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman and Goggin, P.C.

Roberta G. Torian, Esq. (Trustee), Reed Smith LLP

John R. Urofsky, PNC Bank (retired)

Lawrence F. Walker, Esq. (Trustee), Cozen O’Connor