Ballard Spahr Honors Memory of Davis With Pro Bono Award
Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll created a pro bono award to honor the memory of former partner Alan J. Davis, who died in May at the age of 70.
The $25,000 award will be given each spring to an individual or group at the firm who provided “exemplary legal representation in a matter involving the public good.”
Davis was a litigator and former city solicitor who spent the majority of his legal career with Wolf Block Schorr & Solis-Cohen, the law department and Ballard Spahr.
“This notion of taking his lawyerly skills and applying them to public ventures was something Alan always kept in mind,” said his widow, Lyn Davis. “If he volunteered to do something, he wanted to be effective. He had a sense of responsibility toward his community and a sense of accomplishment in doing something meaningful for someone else.”
Individuals and groups of individuals in all 10 Ballard offices give time to pro bono cases and will be eligible for the award. It is expected that attorneys who win the award, or a portion of the award, will donate the amount to charity.
Ballard ranked 49th in the nation in the recently released Pro Bono Performance survey by The American Lawyer. The firm devoted 28,000 hours last year to a wide range of public-service cases, from representing disabled refugees in a fight for benefits to helping Habitat for Humanity gain zoning approvals.
“Many people at Ballard provide much-needed legal assistance to worthy organizations and to individuals who otherwise might not be able to get help,” Mary Gay Scanlon, executive director of Ballard’s pro bono program, said. “Alan’s career personified our expectations for Ballard’s pro bono work: excellence in the pursuit of the public good.”
— Gina Passarella, Staff Reporter