Former Governor and Mayor Edward G. Rendell, who rejoined Ballard Spahr as a partner in January, will be honored at Philadelphia VIP’s 30th Anniversary Gala on March 19. Gov. Rendell will be the keynote speaker at the event and will receive the Pinnacle Award in recognition of his three decades of service to the Philadelphia community and his commitment to access to justice for all.

As the city's hub for pro bono, Philadelphia VIP seeks to bridge the gap between low-income individuals and communities and lawyers with the skills and ability to meet their need for legal representation. VIP recruits and trains attorneys who provide pro bono legal services to more than 3,000 clients each year.

"VIP is synonymous with pro bono in Philadelphia," said Mary Gay Scanlon, Executive Director of Ballard Spahr's Pro Bono Program and a board member at VIP. "The agency is an essential link, connecting those in dire need of legal assistance with volunteer attorneys who are willing and able to help. In its 30-year history, VIP has nurtured a pro bono culture in the Philadelphia legal community that is unmatched in the country. Ballard Spahr is thrilled to take part in this celebration of VIP's accomplishments."

Gov. Rendell worked on a children's Social Security disability case through VIP during his tenure as Mayor of Philadelphia and, like most attorneys at Ballard Spahr, he hopes to continue the tradition of pro bono service for which the firm is known.

"The number of lives that this organization has been able to positively impact is extraordinary. It represents the best in public service," Gov. Rendell said.. "I'm happy to be a part of this anniversary celebration, and wish them many more years of success."

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