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Paul Titus Honored with Lifetime Pro Bono Service Award

On October 26, 2016 by Schnader in Appellate

Schnader is pleased to congratulate Paul H. Titus, who received the Allegheny County Bar Foundation’s Lifetime Pro Bono Service Award for 2016. He was honored at a reception on October 20 at Hotel Monaco in Pittsburgh. He also is being celebrated during Pro Bono Week (October 23-29), a national celebration of the work that volunteer attorneys perform on behalf of low-income clients.

“Paul has lived the higher calling of the law throughout his illustrious career. It is impossible to imagine anyone more deserving of this honor,” said firm Chairman David Smith.

As the award suggests, Paul has been dedicated to pro bono work throughout his career, working tirelessly to vindicate the rights of those wrongly convicted, illegally excluded or condemned to death. For example, from 2000-2002, Paul worked to exonerate a man wrongly convicted and condemned to death for the brutal murders of a young mother, and her two young daughters and niece. Paul uncovered key medical evidence that had been overlooked in the first trial. After presenting it to the jury, along with DNA evidence placing the victim’s estranged husband at the crime scene, the jury unanimously returned a verdict of not guilty.

Another example concerns a case where the City of Hazelton enacted ordinances to prevent persons without legal immigration status from renting housing in the City on the grounds that an influx of illegal aliens would cause an increase in crime and downturn in the economy. After the court held the ordinances invalid and the City appealed, Paul filed an amicus brief on behalf of 12 interfaith organizations in support of the decision invalidating the ordinances. He argued that every immigrant group in national history had met false charges that their immigration would increase crime and hurt the economy. Ultimately the ordinances were defeated.

In addition to his pro bono work at Schnader, Paul is a longtime volunteer with Uptown Legal Clinic, where he provides legal services on issues such as disability benefits and employment law to low-income individuals. He also finds the time to volunteer in the community, in particular with the Thea Bowman Academy in Wilkinsburg. He teaches constitutional law to the school’s 7th and 8th grade students, runs a mock trial program for 8th grade students, and takes the students on trips to Harrisburg and Washington, D.C. where they visit the Supreme Court and local legislators. Recognizing his dedication to community service, the firm honored Paul with its Earl G. Harrison Community Service Award in 2011.

Pictured below: 1) Paul Titus accepts the award from┬áBarbara Griffin, Director of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation Pro Bono Center and Schnader’s Ronald Cusano, who nominated Paul. 2) Schnader attorneys attend the reception to support Paul. L-R: Elliot Dater, Jonathan Skowron, Paul Titus, Ronald Cusano, Keith Whitson, Karen Baillie, George McGrann and Will Kipnes.