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Community Involvement

At Schnader, we believe our communities are best served when we all roll up our sleeves and pitch in. That’s why giving back is a major part of our culture. Below are several examples of our involvement.

Manchester Academy Charter School

Our Pittsburgh office partners with the Manchester Academic Charter School on various law-related projects. These include helping the students draft a “bill of rights” for their school, preparing the students for a mock trial, setting up the school’s youth court, and sponsoring an eighth grade trip to Harrisburg where the students can meet with legislative leaders and advocate for restorative justice.

Caton Village

Schnader was a longstanding supporter of Caton Village, a residential treatment center for women in Philadelphia which provided education and life skills training until its recent closure. The firm held legal clinics as well as holiday events and service days, and donated computers for a new computer lab.

Turning Points for Children

For its 2017 Martin Luther King Day of Service, Schnader teamed up with Turning Points, the largest coordinator of services for foster children in Philadelphia. Volunteers packed supplies and created cards for children in the foster care system.

Cookies and other fun ways to serve

To support charitable organizations throughout the year, the firm holds dessert expos, food drives, jeans days, and a United Way campaign to feed families in need and raise money for organizations such as the American Heart Association and American Cancer Society.

Pro bono work

Deeply committed to pro bono work, we pledge at least three percent of our time annually to pro bono matters; handle major pro bono litigation including capital cases; and serve on the boards of public interest law centers. Please visit our Pro Bono page to learn more.

Board service & financial support

Our lawyers serve on the boards of many community and nonprofit organizations which run the gamut from human services and civil rights to access to justice and fair election advocacy. Just a few examples include: the AIDS Fund, the Committee of Seventy, National Black Child Development Institute, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, Pennsylvania Innocence Project, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society – Pennsylvania, Directions for Our Youth and The English Speaking Union of the United States. We proudly support these and many other nonprofit organizations.