Schnader Honors Marla Conley and Denny Shupe with Pro Bono and Community Service AwardsOn July 11, 2013 by Schnader in Aviation
July 11, 2013 – Philadelphia: Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP is pleased to announce that Marla K. Conley and Denny Shupe have been recognized as the 2013 recipients of the Earl G. Harrison Pro Bono Award and Community Service Award, respectively.
“Marla is a most worthy recipient of the Harrison Pro Bono Award. She has established herself as a leader of the Firm’s pro bono program, a dedicated representative of a wide variety of pro bono clients, and a mentor and organizer of pro bono activities for other lawyers,” said Schnader Chairman David Smith.
In almost five years at the Firm, Ms. Conley has devoted more than 1,000 hours to more than 40 pro bono matters, as well as countless additional hours serving on the Pro Bono Committee, consulting with other lawyers and paralegals on pro bono matters, and helping to coordinate the Firm’s pro bono activities at the Caton Village women’s shelter. Ms. Conley also lends her expertise with nonprofit organizations to dozens of pro bono clients, helping on a wide variety of difficult tax and governance issues.
Her pro bono work includes handling a number of cases for the Support Center for Child Advocates, representing children in difficult situations. In her first case, Ms. Conley represented three children who effectively were abandoned by their mother. Ms. Conley spent two years working to ensure that the children were in a safe environment and that their needs were being met.
Ms. Conley has a strong interest in organizations serving youth and serves as co-chair of the Firm’s Child Advocates Practice Group. She worked previously for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Maryland, the American Bar Association’s Center on Children and the Law, and the Delaware Office of the Child Advocate. She serves on the Board of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania and is a member of the Wistar Institute’s Leadership Council.
“Denny’s deep and longstanding commitment to community service is consistent with the best traditions of the Firm’s founders and leaders throughout its history,” said Mr. Smith. “We are proud to confer on him this year’s Harrison Community Service Award.”
Most recently, Mr. Shupe’s community service has been focused on helping to create and ensure the success of the nonprofit organization New Leash on Life USA, a training program dedicated to improving the lives of prison inmates and saving the lives of at-risk shelter dogs. The prison inmates are trained to care for and socialize the dogs to enhance their adoptability. The inmates attend workshops on life skills and job readiness, and many receive opportunities for paid internships in the animal care field when they are paroled.
From day one, Mr. Shupe has been instrumental in assisting the organization open its doors, navigating the numerous legal and political hurdles to success, raising the necessary funds to carry out its programs, obtaining the pro bono legal services required to put it on solid footing as an established nonprofit organization and serving on the group’s board of directors.
In remarks made at New Leash on Life USA’s sixth graduation of inmates and dogs, Mr. Shupe noted that this program “makes our society a better place. A better place for people. A better place for dogs. A more humane society.”
Mr. Shupe also has been an active volunteer and leader of the USO, locally and nationally, as well as on many other boards and committees for military and veteran-support organizations. He currently serves on the board of trustees of the Home Port Alliance for the USS New Jersey.
Schnader Harrison Segal and Lewis Chairman David Smith is bookended by 2013 Earl G. Harrison Pro Bono Award recipient Marla K. Conley and 2013 Earl G. Harrison Community Service Award recipient Denny Shupe.
ABOUT THE EARL G. HARRISON AWARDS
The Earl G. Harrison Pro Bono and Community Service Awards were named for one of the Firm’s original partners and is presented annually to a Firm attorney or staff member who has a distinguished record of pro bono service. The Firm selects an honoree with a demonstrated record that consists of outstanding achievement of enduring value to the public good, a leading role in inspiring and sustaining pro bono service by other Firm personnel, or a sustained record of personal pro bono service or community service over a number of years. The awards reflects the tradition and collective belief of the Schnader: that law is more than a business, and it should include using our skill, talent, and wisdom to improve access to justice for every individual and to advance the common good. Earl G. Harrisonâ€š in whose memory the Firm gives these awardsâ€š was both a great lawyer and a remarkable humanitarian, who – after World War II – worked to convince the western nations to both open their own borders to those displaced persons liberated from the Nazi concentration campsâ€š and to support the creation of the State of Israelâ€š where Jews who could not face returning to their former homes could emigrate.
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