Judah couldn’t have done this work without the Dechert and VIP teams. “Dechert has a dedicated pro bono staff,'” Judah said. “They also have lots of experience to help and guide me in really extraordinary ways.” Philly VIP has helped tremendously too. “The VIP staff is invaluable and is always there to be a sounding board if you have questions or need guidance,” Judah said.
Judah encourages others, whether first-year law students or an associate at a law firm, to do pro bono work. “Volunteering is a fantastic way to develop skills you might not get as a law student or a junior attorney,” he said. “You can be involved in the entire development of the case and appear before a judge.”
Judah wanted to emphasize the most important thing – helping low-income Philadelphians. “Whenever I go to landlord/tenant court, I’m there with my client. But you see a lot more people who are not represented,” Judah said. “The vast majority of tenants do not know how to work within the system, or what arguments they should be making. You can help them. Step up, and VIP will have your back.”