Pepper supports diversity goals in pro bono work. The firm has long been involved in advocacy for civil rights and works with or receives referrals from organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union, Community Legal Services, and the Women’s Law Project. Some recent pro bono work by the firm includes:
- working with Lambda Legal to analyze various federal laws and advise Lambda on advocacy strategies to ensure the broadest possible coverage under those laws for same-sex married couples
- representing, with the ACLU, a victim of domestic violence in a constitutional challenge to a local police regulation in suburban Philadelphia that threaten victims who contact the policy for protection more than three times in a stated period with eviction and homelessness rather than affording them the same police protection others enjoy
- working with the DC Prisoners’ Rights Project on behalf of an inmate who had been discriminated against based on his disability
- participating in Project SALUTE, a special program sponsored by the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law, to provide pro bono legal services to returning veterans suffering from physical injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder and other medical conditions when they apply for, or appeal denials of, benefits from the VA
- representing mothers with young children living in a women’s shelter in Philadelphia with applications for birth certificates, driver’s license restorations, food stamps and applications for disability benefits so that they can re-establish their homes, and ensure that their children remain in school.