HIAS-PA (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society of Pennsylvania) is honoring Pepper Hamilton LLP, the Pepper Center for Public Service, and Pepper lawyers Anthony Vale, Andrew R. Rogoff, Michael S. DePrince and Cassandre L. Juste for the pro bono work the Pepper team has done on behalf of refugees seeking asylum and other immigrants seeking legal resident status in the United States. The firm and its lawyers will be honored at HIAS-PA’s annual meeting at noon on October 17, 2018 at the Jewish Community Services Building, 2100 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA.
Pepper’s partnership with HIAS-PA goes back many years, and the firm’s work with HIAS-PA and its clients has increased as the need for legal services for refugees and asylees has grown. Starting in 2012, HIAS-PA and Pepper began monthly “adjustment of status clinics,” in which pro bono lawyers and paralegals help refugees and asylees (including many family groups) apply for permanent resident status. Those clinics continue making a significant impact on the lives of HIAS clients, as legal resident status is a necessary step for refugees seeking to become naturalized U.S. citizens.
Another recent example of Pepper’s work, in partnership with HIAS-PA and other law centers, was its role representing the plaintiffs in Martinez v. Attorney General United States, in which the Third Circuit ruled that a provision in the Immigration and Nationality Act preventing certain immigrants from challenging their expedited removal orders in federal courts is unconstitutional.
Pepper’s commitment to pro bono and public service work led to the creation of the Pepper Center for Public Service, a unique stand-alone organization that draws on the talents of Pepper’s retired partners and senior lawyers to wrestle with tough problems facing our communities, including asylum and other immigration issues. Mr. Vale and Mr. Rogoff are Fellows of the Pepper Center, as well as special counsel to the firm.
For more information or to register for the HIAS-PA annual meeting, visit http://hiaspa.org/am2018.
Jewish Community Services Building
2100 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103