Daniel J.T. McKenna, an associate in Ballard Spahr's Litigation Department, has been named a 2010 "Unsung Hero" by The Legal Intelligencer in recognition of his exceptional commitment to pro bono service.

Mr. McKenna is among a group of Pennsylvania attorneys selected by the newspaper's editorial staff for their outstanding pro bono contributions. The award recipients were honored at a breakfast at The Union League on September 21.

Mr. McKenna directed the national implementation of the Wills for Heroes program, which provides wills and estate-planning advice to first responders and their families at no cost. Through his efforts, the initiative has expanded into more than two dozen states and has been adopted as a firmwide service project by Ballard Spahr and Exelon Corp.

"I consider myself lucky to have had this opportunity to work so extensively with the Wills for Heroes program," Mr. McKenna said. "Being able to provide a bit of security for those who risk their lives on a daily basis is a privilege. We have enjoyed a tremendously positive response from the lawyers and staff who make the program possible."

"Dan's leadership has really enabled the program to reach another level," said Mary Gay Scanlon, Executive Director of Ballard Spahr's Pro Bono Program. "Over the past three years, he has devoted hundreds of hours to coordinating and attending Wills for Heroes events and expanding the scope of the initiative. He is completely deserving of this recognition."

Mr. McKenna also serves on the Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division; the Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, where he directs statewide Wills for Heroes programs; the Executive Council of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division; the Temple Law Alumni Association Board of Directors, the Temple American Inn of Court; and the Board of the National Wills for Heroes Foundation. At Ballard Spahr, he sits on the Diversity Committee, the Hiring Committee, and the Associates' Committee, and coaches the firm-sponsored Constitution High School mock trial team.

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