PBA President Mike McDonald (left), joins staff of PLSE and Wesley R. Payne IV, Chair of the Goffman Award Committee

Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity Selected for Pennsylvania Bar Foundation Goffman Award for Pro Bono Service

The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation presented its 2024 Louis J. Goffman Award to Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE) in recognition of its Pardon Project on May 9 during the Pennsylvania Bar Association Annual Meeting in Hershey.

The Goffman Award is named for a late Pennsylvania Bar Association president and recognizes individuals and organizations committed to outstanding pro bono service.

PLSE, a nonprofit legal aid organization founded in 2010, provides free legal advice and representation to low-income Philadelphia residents who have experienced the Pennsylvania criminal justice system.  It seeks expungements in criminal court and pardons from the governor; educates community leaders; empowers under-resourced communities; and leads legislative, administrative and systemic reform.

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