Mary Gay Scanlon has resigned as head of Ballard Spahr's pro bono program after being elected to Congress last week. She will be succeeded by Lisa B. Swaminathan, a former litigator at the firm and a well-known juvenile justice advocate.

Scanlon, a Democrat, defeated Republican Pearl Kim to represent Pennsylvania's newly redrawn 5th District of the U.S. House of Representatives last Tuesday and also was won a special election to serve out the remaining term of former Rep. Patrick Meehan in the state's old 7th District.

"The pro bono work we've done at Ballard has given me a view into the real-world challenges faced by people and businesses struggling to succeed," Scanlon said in a statement. "I will take that understanding to Washington and work for change. This program has changed people’s lives. It's changed my life. And it couldn't be in better hands than Lisa's."

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