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Pep Boys legal team helps the homeless

The auto parts retailer finds true reward in reaching out within in the community

Having a formal pro bono program in place—complete with a large legal department, chairs and co-chairs of a pro bono committee, and official pro bono projects—isn’t always necessary to make a difference or be lauded for the effort. In fact, one small legal department recently did exactly that.  

In 2011, the legal department of auto parts retailer Pep Boys – Manny, Moe & Jack was named “Pro Bono and Community Service Legal Team of the Year” by Philadelphia-based publication The Legal Intelligencer. The award specifically recognized Pep Boys’ legal team—made up of only four lawyers—for its work with the Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP), which provides free legal support to homeless individuals and families in Philadelphia.


Cathleen Flahardy

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