Practice Areas - Law in the Public Interest
The firm is committed to public interest. Two of our attorneys, John Grogan and Irv Ackelsberg, spent their formative years as lawyers in the public interest sector. John co-founded and directed the Camden Center for Law and Social Justice, Inc., a law office dedicated to representing the working poor. Irv spent thirty years with Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, one of the nation’s premier civil legal aid programs. Ned Diver is a member of the board and the Legal Committee of the local chapter of the ACLU, and all of the firm’s attorneys have dedicated considerable pro bono hours to complex immigration, civil rights, and election law matters.
The firm invests substantial resources into public interest litigation. We do these cases in partnership with public interest organizations. Among our pro bono cases are:
Geraci v. City of Philadelphia (E.D. Pa.). John Grogan and Peter Leckman are serving as co-counsel with the ACLU of Pennsylvania in a series of cases challenging the detainment and arrest of citizens that film police misconduct.
Buck v. Stankovic, 485 F. Supp. 2d 576 (M.D. 2007). The firm worked with the ACLU of Pennsylvania to enjoin a Pennsylvania county from refusing to issue a marriage license to an American citizen and her undocumented immigrant fiancée.
In re Frascella, 388 B.R. 619 (Bankr. E.D. Pa. 2008). The firm worked with Community Legal Services, to successfully prosecute, settle and then defend the settlement of a consumer class action against an illegal “payday lending” operation.
The firm has also established the Langer, Grogan & Diver Fund for Social Justice, which supports public interest law in the Delaware Valley. In 2009, the Fund established the Langer, Grogan & Diver Public Interest Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. The Fellowship funds a graduating student’s first year of work in the public interest.