The Philadelphia Bar Foundation Announces 2017 Award Honorees


Every year at the Access to Justice Benefit, the Bar Foundation presents Awards to recognize the volunteerism of leaders and innovators in the Philadelphia legal community. Read the stories of each of our 2017 Honorees below and join us at the Access to Justice Benefit on Saturday, November 4 at the Mütter Museum from 7 PM - 11 PM. Register for sponsorships or tickets.  

Honorable Louis H. Pollak of the Champion of the Public Interest 

Richard C. Glazer, Esq. was a member of the working group that transformed the idea of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project into reality. He is a founder of Cozen O’Connor, one of the 100 largest law firms in the U.S. where he served as Regional Managing Partner and Department Chair from 1972 through 2003. His history of supporting the public interest and carving a niche for the Innocence community makes his recognition with the Pollak Award beyond fitting. Learn more about Mr. Glazer and the Award.  

Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award 

Ayodele “Ayo” Gansallo, Esq., is a senior staff attorney at HIAS Pennsylvania, an organization that aims to open doors for new Americans. She has devoted her career to representing victims of persecution, abuse, and discrimination seeking asylum in the United States. Ms. Gansallo was selected to receive this year’s award in recognition of her years of tireless service on behalf of some of the most vulnerable members of our population – immigrants and refugees. Learn more about Ms. Gansallo and the Award.

Pro Bono Award of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation 

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP was selected to receive the Pro Bono Award of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation for its thousands of hours of pro bono service and investment of time and dedication from its attorneys in providing direct service through legal aid agencies. Pro bono service is part of who they are and what they do, every day. Recognizing their efforts is a testament to their example of excellence in the legal community. Learn more about Drinker Biddle and the Award.

We hope to see you at the Access to Justice Benefit!