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Pepper Hamilton Presents Klaus Awards for Pro Bono and Community Service


Pepper Hamilton has announced the recipients of its 2013 William R. Klaus Pro Bono Award and William R. Klaus Community Service Award, which recognize outstanding contributions by Pepper personnel to the public good.

The William R. Klaus Pro Bono Award recognizes a Pepper Hamilton lawyer or paralegal who has demonstrated a single outstanding achievement for a pro bono client, a sustained record of pro bono service over time, and/or a record of inspiring others at Pepper to do pro bono work.

This year’s Pro Bono Award recipient is Lisa B. Petkun, a partner in the firm’s Tax Practice Group. Petkun was nominated by her colleagues for her work in assisting with the formation of numerous charitable organizations on a pro bono basis and for conducting training sessions for both Pepper attorneys and clients. She has advised Breastcancer.org since its inception more than 15 years ago. In addition to overseeing the legal needs of the organization, ranging from tax-related issues to intellectual property and labor matters, Petkun is currently a member of the board and served as chair of its board for three years.

The William R. Klaus Community Service Award recognizes a Pepper Hamilton lawyer, paralegal or staff member who has demonstrated a single enduring service contribution to the public good, a sustained personal record of community service, and/or a leading role in inspiring community service by others.

This year’s Klaus Community Service Award recipient is Jennifer Setting, a docketing specialist in the firm’s Pittsburgh office, who was nominated by her colleagues for her volunteer work with two Pittsburgh-area organizations. Setting helps sort and distribute food with The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank which, on average, serves 500-550 families a month. She also volunteers at “Produce to People” throughout the year. And for five years she has accompanied the Duquesne University Women’s Rowing Team on its 10-day spring training camp in Florida to help cook meals for 50 people daily.

Joseph A. Sullivan, special counsel and director of pro bono programs at Pepper Hamilton noted, “Lisa and Jennifer’s contributions are widely recognized throughout the firm as well as by the many outside organizations they have assisted.”

Petkun and Setting have designated Breastcancer.org and the Sarah Heinz House, respectively, as recipients of $1,000 donations from the firm.

The awards are named in honor of the late William R. Klaus, whose distinguished career included many pro bono, philanthropic and community service achievements. In addition to serving as co-chairman of Pepper Hamilton and chair of the firm’s Commercial Practice Department, Mr. Klaus was a founder of Community Legal Services in Philadelphia and served as its chairman from 1966 to 1985. He also served as chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association and chairman of the Philadelphia Foundation, and held leadership positions in many other civic and community organizations.