We believe in giving back to the community through service on non-profit boards, pro bono representation for people in need and participation in charity events.
At Berner Klaw & Watson, we fully support involvement on non-profit boards, which include (past and present): Delaware County Community College Paralegal Advisory Board, Delaware County Paralegal Association, Equality Advocates Pennsylvania, First Person Arts, Mazzoni Center, National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women (Margaret Klaw is a past president), North Philadelphia Schools Advisory Council, Parents Anonymous of New Jersey, Philadelphia VIP, Radnor Fire Company, Settlement Music School, Temple Law Alumni Association Executive Committee, The Philadelphia Association of Paralegals (Judy Stouffer is a past president), Villanova University School of Law Alumnae Advisory Board, Washington Township Board of Education, Women’s Law Project, Women’s Therapy Center (Joni Berner is a past president) and the Young Women’s Initiative of Women’s Way. In addition, each of the Berner Klaw & Watson partners are past chairpersons of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Family Law Section.
We are also very proud of Megan Watson, who serves on the Washington Township, New Jersey Board of Education. Megan was appointed in 2012 and elected in 2013 to a 3-year term ending December 2016.
Professionally, we pay it forward by handling family law cases on a pro bono basis for people in need through referrals from public interest agencies such as Philadelphia Legal Assistance, Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (Philly VIP) and the Support Center for Child Advocates. The firm has won numerous awards for our service, including Philly VIP’s Brennan Award in 2014 and the Philadelphia Bar Foundation-Citizen’s Bank Pro Bono Award in 2009.
Also, many of our attorneys have been named to the First Judicial District’s Pro Bono Roll of Honor for service in court-appointed guardian ad litem cases since 2007. And, our firm administrator and senior paralegal, Judy Stouffer, was the inaugural winner of The Philadelphia Association of Paralegals’ Pro Bono Award in 2007 and a Philly VIPeople’s Choice Award in 2010.
We also participate in local charity events such as the Philadelphia Bar Association’s annual 5k Run/Walk and the Support Center for Child Advocates’ annual benefit and toy drive. Judy Stouffer has served on the annual benefit committee since 2011. In 2013 and 2015, she organized a sneaker-shoe recycling collection at the 5k.
At Berner Klaw & Watson, we value all families, including our work family. Everyone continues to cherish the Philadelphia Bar Association’s small firm Family Friendly Award from 2000 for employment policies demonstrating work-life balance and the importance of family.