Trying a Pro Bono Case: Lessons Learned and Satisfaction EarnedOn October 30, 2018 by Schnader
Edward J. Sholinsky published “Trying a Pro Bono Case: Lessons Learned and Satisfaction Earned” in The Philadelphia Lawyer, the magazine of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Sholinsky is a partner in the Litigation Services Department. His practice focuses on representing financial institutions and Internet-based companies in business and consumer disputes.
“Last year, I tried a prisoner civil rights case in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. After a three-day trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of my client and awarded him $30,000 in damages. It was a gratifying experience that taught me a few things my regular commercial litigation practice did not. Notwithstanding my commitment to pro bono work, I understood the challenges I faced as a commercial litigator taking on the constitutional claims of a prisoner. These cases involve very different risks and rewards.”