HIAS Pennsylvania will honor Ballard Spahr for the firm’s dedication to providing pro bono legal services to immigrants tonight at its annual benefit. Founded in 1882, HIAS Pennsylvania provides legal representation and resettlement services to immigrants, refugees, and their families from around the world.

Ballard Spahr joined forces with HIAS more than a decade ago to offer pro bono legal representation to HIAS clients. Nearly 100 attorneys and professionals at the firm have donated thousands of hours of pro bono service to immigrants and refugees in need, including victims of persecution and political unrest in the Middle East and Africa, Haitian orphans, and immigrant victims of domestic violence and human trafficking here in the United States.

“We love working with HIAS,” said Mary Gay Scanlon, Ballard Spahr’s Pro Bono Counsel. “The clients’ situations are factually compelling and legally challenging, and HIAS gives us plenty of support as we navigate the complexities of immigration law.”

In addition, Scanlon notes that two Ballard Spahr lawyers, Jason A. Leckerman and Jenny N. Perkins, serve on HIAS’s board and lead pro bono efforts for the firm. “Under Jason’s leadership and supervision,” Ms. Scanlon said, “a generation of young litigators has learned how to marshal and present evidence in asylum cases, and Jenny has recruited and trained a dozen attorneys to help immigrant victims of crime apply for U Visas.”

In addition to its work on immigration and asylum cases, Ballard Spahr maintains an active pro bono program in other areas of the law. In 2011, the firm donated more than 29,000 hours of free legal services to low-income clients and nonprofit organizations.