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Community Leadership

In every city in which we practice, Schnader lawyers are leaders in pro bono, bar association and community service programs.


  • In Philadelphia, the Firm's former Chairman, Ralph G. Wellington, has served as Board President of Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (PVLA).
  • David Smith, the Firm's current Chairman, recently completed a term as Board Chair of the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia (PILCOP).
  • Many lawyers serve on the boards of Philadelphia's many other public interest law centers, including the Homeless Advocacy Project, the Support Center for Child Advocates and the Disabilities Law Project.
  • Samuel W. Silver serves as co-coordinator of the Prisoner Civil Rights Panel of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, which assigns court appointments in prisoner civil rights matters to lawyers and law firms, including Schnader, that agree to take on such matters.
  • Marilyn Kutler serves on the board of the Committee of Seventy, an election watchdog and good government group.

Many of our partners, counsel and associates serve as board members or counsel to public service groups ranging from the American Friends Service Committee, the American Heart Association and the American Philosophical Society to the Chestnut Hill Historical Society and one of the nation's oldest educational institutions - the Settlement Music School.

Our lawyers serve or have served on the boards and committees of the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Villanova University, Rosemont College and Arcadia College, among others, and act as alumni representatives, recruiters and in other capacities for many other distinguished universities, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, the University of Chicago and Oxford University, to name a few.


  • Jeanne Schubert Barnum serves as a volunteer arbitrator with the United States District Court for New Jersey, and as a member of the environmental committee of the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey.

Our lawyers in Cherry Hill and Philadelphia have worked together on projects with numerous statewide entities, such as the New Jersey Audubon Society and the New Jersey chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.


  • Thomas D. Arbogast serves as an adjunct professor for the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He is also a member of the Aleppo Township Planning Committee and the Investment Committee for the Heritage Valley Health System. Mr. Arbogast has provided legal advice to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh in his role as pro bono counsel and provides tax-related advice to a number of indigent clients. In addition, he has chaired the Allegheny County Bar Association's lawyer referral service, which aids low-income clients in the greater Pittsburgh area.
  • Megan E. Harmon serves as Trustee for the MPH Memorial Scholarship Foundation. She is chair of the Churchill Borough Planning Commission and is a member of the Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce and the Wilkins Elks.
  • Paul Titus represents a death penalty prisoner in habeas proceedings and provides legal advice to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. He also serves as the Director of the American Judicature Society and chairs its Civil Justice Reform Committee.
  • Michael Bock is the Immediate Past President and a 13-year board member of the Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania. He also serves as a member of the Steering Committee of the Dispute Avoidance & Resolution Division (Division 1) of the ABA's Forum on the Construction Industry. He is a member of the National Panel of Construction Industry Arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association. In 1998 and 1999, he served on the Governing Council of the Allegheny County Bar Association's Construction Law Section and as chair of its Legislative Subcommittee.


Lawyers in the San Francisco office participate in various events sponsored by the Lawyers' Committee for Human Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area.


  • M. Christine Carty serves on the board of directors of the Manhattan Soccer Club, Inc., and led contract negotiations for a precedent-setting project with the City of New York to provide new soccer fields on Ward's Island between Manhattan and the Bronx for use by recreational and competitive soccer teams and for nine private schools. The project was the first time New York City agreed to develop under license public park space using privately-donated funds.

Our New York lawyers have done substantial work for the Goddard Riverside Community Center on Manhattan's West Side, a multi-purpose social services center that provides a licensed Head Start center, a day-care facility and a youth center with after-school programs, as well as an innovative outreach program for the homeless that is one of only a few in the nation to provide daytime programs for the homeless.