Community

We believe in giving back to the community through service on local boards, pro bono representation for people in need and participation in charity events.

At Berner Klaw & Watson, we fully support attorney and staff involvement on non-profit and professional boards, which include (past and present):  Curtis Institute of Music, Delaware County Community College Paralegal Advisory Board, Equality Advocates Pennsylvania, First Person Arts, Good Shepherd Mediation Project, 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, Peirce College Paralegal Advisory Board, Philadelphia VIP, Radnor Fire Company, Settlement Music School, Temple Law Alumni Association, The Midwife Collective, 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, Therapy Center of Philadelphia (f/k/a Women’s Therapy Center; Joni Berner is a past president) and the Young Women’s Initiative of Women’s Way. In addition, Joni Berner, Margaret Klaw and Megan Watson are past chairpersons of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Family Law Section.

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Professionally, we pay it forward by handling family law cases on a pro bono basis 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 2004, 2005, 2013-2015 and 2017 and the Philadelphia Bar Foundation-Citizen’s Bank Pro Bono Award in 2009. We were also named to The Philadelphia Business Journal‘s List of Top 25 Law Firms by Pro Bono Hours in 2016 and 2017.

In addition, 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. Megan Watson also received the First Judicial District’s Pro Bono Publico Award from the Court of Common Pleas – Family Division, Domestic Relations in 2007 and 2015 and the firm won that same award in 2010. Megan was also named a Distinguished Advocate by the Support Center for Child Advocates in 2015. Our firm administrator, 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 served on the SCCA annual benefit committee from 2011-2016. In 2013 and 2015, she organized a sneaker-shoe recycling collection at the 5k.

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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.