Berger Montague attorneys commit their most valuable resource, their time, to charities, non-profit organizations and pro bono legal work.
For over 50 years, Berger Montague has encouraged its attorneys — shareholders and associates alike — to support charitable causes and volunteer in the community. Our lawyers understand that participating in pro bono representation is an essential component of their professional and ethical responsibilities.
Berger Montague is strongly committed to numerous charitable causes. Over his lengthy career, David Berger, the firm’s founding partner, was prominent in a great many philanthropic and charitable enterprises, including serving as Honorary Chairman of the American Heart Association; a Trustee of the American Cancer Society; and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross. This tradition continues to the present.
For example, in 2009, 2010 and 2011, Berger Montague received the Chancellor’s Award presented by the Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (“VIP”), which provides crucial legal services to more than 1,000 low-income Philadelphia residents each year. VIP relies on volunteer attorneys to provide pro bono representation for families and individuals. In 2009 and 2010, Berger Montague also received an award for our volunteer work with the VIP Mortgage Foreclosure Program.
Today, Berger Montague attorneys engage in pro bono work for many organizations, including:
- Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia (“PILCOP”)
- Community Legal Services (“CLS”)
- Philadelphia Legal Assistance
- Education Law Center
- Legal Clinic for the Disabled
- Support Center for Child Advocates
- Veterans Pro Bono Consortium
- AIDS Law Project of Philadelphia
- Center for Literacy
- National Liberty Museum
- Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program
- Philadelphia Mortgage Foreclosure Program.
We are proud of our written pro bono policy that encourages and strongly supports our attorneys to get involved in this important and rewarding work. For example, shareholder Sarah Schalman-Bergen received recognition as an “Unsung Hero” by The Legal Intelligencer for her work as Of Counsel with the AIDS Law Project, and many attorneys at Berger Montague have been named to the First District of Pennsylvania’s Pro Bono Honor Roll.
Berger Montague also makes annual contributions to the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, an umbrella charitable organization dedicated to promoting access to justice for all people in the community, particularly those struggling with poverty, abuse and discrimination.
The firm also has held numerous clothing drives, toy drives, food drives, and blood drives. Through these efforts, often led by shareholder Jon J. Lambiras, Berger Montague professional and support staff have donated thousands of items of clothing, toys and food to local charities including the Salvation Army, Toys for Tots, and Philabundance, a local food bank. Blood donations are made to the American Red Cross. Berger Montague attorneys also volunteer on an annual basis at MANNA, which prepares and delivers nourishing meals to those suffering with serious illnesses.
Beyond Philadelphia, Berger Montague and its attorneys support charitable foundations and national organizations working to provide a better quality of life for people around the world.