Denny Shupe Receives Jeffrey A. Ernico Award of Pennsylvania Bar AssociationOn June 22, 2018 by Schnader in News
On June 21, 2018, Denny Shupe received the Jeffrey A. Ernico Award of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. The Ernico Award is “an occasional award of the PBA Legal Services to the Public Committee that is to be given to such individuals and groups as the committee, from time to time, determines have provided unique service that has resulted in significant improvement in the provision of legal services to the neediest among us.”
Shupe was recognized for his service as an excellent model for leadership in pro bono and public interest legal service. Shupe, an Air Force Academy graduate and retired Air Force officer and command pilot, currently chairs the Special Problems in the Administration of Justice Committee (U.S.) for the American College of Trial Lawyers. Shupe is one of the leaders in the ACTL’s nationwide effort to develop and implement a groundbreaking project to address the national problem of the Veteran Administration’s over four year backlog in processing and deciding disability award appeals for our country’s military veterans, delays that deny constitutional due process and can deny veterans the financial resources they need for daily living.
Shupe has also been instrumental in connecting his national pro bono and community service work to more local efforts for currently serving military personnel, their families, and veterans. He has helped the Military Assistance Project (MAP), a local military support organization based in Philadelphia, to find volunteer attorneys to meet the legal needs of service members and veterans. Shupe serves as an advisor and mentor for Penn Law Veterans, a group which assists law students who are military veterans. In recent years, while he was Co-Chair and Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Military Affairs Committee, Shupe also supported the Veterans Multi-Service Center, which has Pennsylvania locations in Philadelphia, Coatesville, and State College, as well as Millville, New Jersey.
For many years Shupe served on the Board of Directors (including as its Chairman) of the USO of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey, and also was elected as the national chairman of the USO Affiliate Council, where he assisted with national fundraising and service delivery programs for actively serving armed services members and their families. Since leaving the USO board he has continued to support the efforts of the local USO organization (www.libertyuso.org).
Shupe has also provided direct pro bono representation in cases ranging from prisoner rights to family law matters. This rich mix of achievements serves as a model for others to follow.
PHOTO: Denny Shupe receiving Ernico Award, with Kathleen D. Wilkinson, former Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association; Thomas G. Wilkinson, Jr., past president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association; and David K. Trevaskis, Pro Bono Coordinator, Pennsylvania Bar Association.