2017 Access to Justice Celebration

  • Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney delivers welcome remarks.
  • Meredith S. Auten, Esq., a Partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP (event co-chair and Philadelphia Bar Foundation Trustee) and Mary F. Platt, Esq., Fineman Krekstein & Harris, P.C. (event co-chair and Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor-Elect) introduce Mayor Kenney.
  • Stephen A. Cozen, Esq., Cozen O'Connor, and JoAnne A. Epps, Temple University Provost, present the Honorable Louis H. Pollak Champion of the Public Interest Award to Richard C. Glazer, Esq.
  • Kenneth C. Frazier, Chairman and CEO of Merck & Co., presents the Pro Bono Award of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation to Andrew Kassner, Esq. who accepted on behalf of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.
  • Sozi Pedro Tulante, Philadelphia City Solicitor, presents the Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award to Ayodele Gansallo, Esq., senior staff attorney at HIAS Pennsylvania.
  • Alloyius Mcilwaine creates a painting for the end-of-night live auction.

By Thomas A. Brophy, president and CEO at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C., and president of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

On November 4th, the Philadelphia Bar Foundation held a successful 2017 Access to Justice Benefit at the M├╝tter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Thanks to the companies, firms and individuals who sponsored the event and donated auction items. Thanks to those who attended and to those who bid on the many available auction items. Through your support, this year’s Benefit raised the funds needed to provide our critical grants to the legal aid organizations that the Bar Foundation supports – many of who were also in attendance.

The Trustees, staff and event committee members of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation are grateful for the dedication that you have to our mission of strengthening the provision of free legal services in our justice system. You demonstrated your commitment to the extraordinary public interest attorneys and leaders at the Access to Justice Benefit and without you, our work would not be possible.

We appreciate everyone who supports our legal aid non-profit partners and the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. There is still time to participate in our very successful 2017 “Jeans for Justice” campaign, as well as our end-of-year annual appeal, “Funding the Future of Legal Aid.” Our Philadelphia community is remarkable in its devotion to #GettingJusticeDone, and with your inspiration, the Bar Foundation has confidence in our abilities to meet access to justice challenges as we move forward into 2018.

Scroll through the above photos of our presenters, speakers and admirable award recipients from the Benefit. It was our honor to present so many awards that night to so many deserving recipients and to hear the Mayor of our city speak directly and passionately about the benefits of legal aid to our whole community.