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Community Involvement

Bernard Segal, a founding member of the Firm, believed that the "hallmark" of Schnader was its dedication to the higher calling, which is the lawyer's obligation to assume an active role in the pursuit of a just and ordered society; in helping to solve the emerging problems of social, economic and political importance; and to serve the public as his or her client, as she or he would serve a full-paying client.

More than 75 years later, the Firm remains steadfast in its commitment to these founding principles. The Firm actively supports and incentivizes all attorneys to devote a significant portion of their time to pro bono activities and volunteer efforts that support local programs. The Firm's support of community programs such as the ones below combines our civic commitment with our Diversity Core Values, resulting in overall improvement within our communities.

AIDS Fund
Schnader supports the AIDSWalk and Black Tie Gay Bingo.

The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia
The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia helps address the professional needs and development of black lawyers practicing in Philadelphia. Schnader supports the Barristers' Association by sponsoring events including the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Memorial Breakfast and the Annual Awards & Scholarship Gala.

Caton Village
Schnader was a longstanding supporter of Caton Village, no longer in operation. The agency provided a myriad of support services including parenting training, communication skills, budgeting and finance, relationships, life skills, education, housing and education for children. In concert with Martin Luther King Day, the Diversity Committee hosted a day of service at Caton Village for many consecutive years. The Firm donated computers for a new computer lab, which Schnader volunteers helped assemble and then tutored mothers and children on how to use the computers and mothers on creating resumes. Volunteers also participated in Dr. King related activities with the children. 

Cecil B. Moore Award
In 2010, now-retired partner Albert Momjian, was the recipient of the Cecil B. Moore Award in recognition of his work on behalf of the Republic of Haiti, as Honorary Consul for that country.

International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC)
The International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation is the first international professional association dedicated to enhancing the professional status of women in all disciplines of insolvency and restructuring.

Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia
Schnader has supported Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia, an organization helping children, adults, seniors, and families cope with challenges that arise throughout their lives.

Just The Beginning Foundation (JTBF)
Schnader has been a supporter of Just The Beginning Foundation since 2008. JTBF is a multiracial, nonprofit organization comprised of lawyers, judges, educators, academicians and other citizens that has served the legal community for nearly 20 years through education, mentorship and continual advocacy for diversity in the legal field. It is dedicated to developing and nurturing interest in the law among young persons from various socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds underrepresented in the legal profession.

One Justice
Schnader has been a supporter of One Justice's fundraising gala, "Opening Doors to Justice." One Justice provides legal services to disadvantaged California communities.

Philadelphia Diversity Law Group (PDLG)
Schnader is a founding member of the citywide organization that encourages and supports the promotion of diversity in the practice of law by recruiting and retaining attorneys of diverse backgrounds.

Philly Tech Week
Schnader recently hosted its second annual cocktail reception celebrating minority high growth and the tech ecosystem during Philly Tech Week, featuring Osagie Imasogie, Senior Managing Partner at Phoenix IP Ventures. Through these receptions, Schnader facilitates introductions between entrepreneurs and members of the investment community, university officials, incubators and government agencies that assist minority entrepreneurs with their businesses.

Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN)
Schnader supports the Philadelphia Youth Network, a nonprofit organization that serves as a catalyst for collective action by developing and delivering models that change systems and improve educational and economic outcomes for youth. In 2013, Schnader will offer three internships to youth identified by the Philadelphia Youth Network.

For additional information about the religious, multicultural and community organizations our attorneys are involved in, please see Serving Community and Promoting Diversity.