Two Schnader Attorneys Honored with 2009 Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono AwardsOn September 28, 2009 by Schnader in Aviation
This was the 22nd year the PBA sought to recognize and thank those attorneys and judges who have used their talents to help needy individuals and families in the Commonwealth.
September 28, 2009 – Philadelphia & Pittsburgh, PA: Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP is pleased to announce that Morgen Cheshire, an associate in the Firm’s Tax and Wealth Management Department resident in the Philadelphia office, and Robert J. Williams, a partner in the Firm’s Litigation Services Department resident in the Pittsburgh office, were recognized by the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Legal Services to the Public Committee for their dedication to pro bono work and awarded with a 2009 PBA Pro Bono Award for their noteworthy commitment to public service, particularly in the past year. The 2009 recipients were honored at a reception held in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network on September 22 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Both Ms. Cheshire and Mr. Williams were nominated by Schnader attorney Kevin S. Blanton, who serves on the Firm’s Pro Bono Committee. Regarding Ms. Cheshire, he noted that she “exemplifies the core values of pro bono commitment that Schnader was founded on. Because of her practice area, she provides much-needed, valuable service to organizations that assist in the provision of civil legal aid. The matters Morgen works on are complex, time consuming and often times are not readily available on a pro bono basis. As a result, her services are always in demand.” In nominating Mr. Williams, he recognized that “Robert (“Bob”) is a leader in pro bono service in Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP’s Pittsburgh office. Bob has two basic core beliefs about pro bono work. First, indigent and disadvantaged people are entitled to first-rate legal services. Thus, pro bono clients get the same quality work, attention and diligence that any other client receives. Secondly, to truly represent pro bono and disadvantaged clients effectively, an understanding of their perspective is essential. Accordingly, Bob spends extra time learning about each pro bono client, and draws upon his own other experiences and charity work to truly help him to understand the client’s perspective.”
PBA Pro Bono Coordinator David Trevaskis added that “it makes me proud of the profession that attorneys such as Ms. Cheshire and Mr. Williams give so freely of their time and energy to the neediest among us who have nowhere else to turn. They are both an inspiration to those they serve and those who serve with them.”
Ms. Cheshire, chair of the Firm’s Nonprofit Practice Group and an associate in the Firm’s Trusts and Estates Department, focuses her practice on the creation and continuing representation of tax-exempt organizations. Ms. Cheshire also has an interest in art law gained from her previous experience as a law clerk for the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, as a legal service coordinator for the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and as an intern at the New York Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. She studied art law during her third year in law school as a visiting student at Columbia University. In 2009, she logged 145 pro bono hours.
Mr. Williams, a partner in the Firm’s Litigation Services Department, handles complex commercial, employment and bankruptcy litigation matters on behalf of individuals and corporations. He has tried several cases to verdict before judges and juries in both state and federal courts, and has represented clients in both private and court-annexed arbitration proceedings. He also counsels companies and small businesses on litigation avoidance strategies and risk management. Programs he has assisted with pro bono work have included Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (Philadelphia, PA), Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Pittsburgh, and Regional Housing Legal Services (Pittsburgh, PA). In addition to his pro bono efforts, Mr. Williams is also active within the community, and serves as a volunteer pilot and community representative for Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic. In 2009, he logged 160 pro bono hours.
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