To replace a pro bono leader who is joining the U.S. House of Representatives, Ballard Spahr turned to an alumna with an up-close knowledge of the nonprofit legal community.

Lisa Swaminathan will be the firm’s new pro bono counsel, starting next month. She joins on the heels of Mary Gay Scanlon's win in the Fifth District of Pennsylvania. Scanlon took part in a special election to serve the rest of former Rep. Patrick Meehan's term, so she is set to be sworn in Tuesday.

Swaminathan said she enjoyed her time as an associate at Ballard Spahr as well, and found ample opportunities for pro bono work. But she couldn't say no to the opportunity to work as a youth advocate full time.

"It was a population I always wanted to serve. Being able to do pro bono work or working for a nonprofit was a primary factor for me in deciding to go to law school," Swaminathan said.

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