Ballard Spahr was honored by the Nationalities Service Center (NSC) with its Margaret Harris Award, presented last week at NSC’s signature Global Tastes Event, in recognition of the firm’s support of organization’s work with immigrants and refugees.

Ballard Spahr has provided pro bono counsel to NSC on a range of organizational issues for the past decade. Most recently, Shannon D. Farmer and Meredith C. Swartz led a team of Ballard Spahr lawyers in successfully defending a discrimination claim, offering tactical guidance and human resources risk management training, as well as drafting independent contractor agreements and employment contracts. Ballard Spahr lawyers also represent asylees and refugees in individual cases referred by the NSC.

“Through Ballard Spahr’s highly responsive and effective support, we have moved from an organization with extremely limited HR capacity to one that anticipates HR risks and mitigates them accordingly,” NSC Executive Director Margaret O’Sullivan said. “They helped us manage this while ensuring that we were building all of the elements needed for a solid HR capacity within the organization.”

NSC is a nonprofit organization that provides social, educational and legal services to immigrants and refugees in the Philadelphia area. The Margaret Harris award was presented at Global Tastes 2015 at Reading Terminal Market on May 14, where more than 225 guests gathered to support NSC and celebrate Philadelphia’s diversity.

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