Philadelphia VIP has recognized David F. Stern, Esq., for his outstanding volunteer assistance to VIP clients. Congratulations David! Please see below for the full write up that will appear on the Philadelphia VIP website at www.phillyvip.org.
David F. Stern describes volunteering for Philadelphia VIP as a natural extension of his practice. Stern concentrates his practice in the area of Workers’ Compensation litigation, representing injured and disabled workers.
“The very nature of my business is helping people who need help,” he says. “I felt the need to extend that to those who can’t pay the fee.” He has been a volunteer for Philadelphia VIP for six years. He hasn’t hesitated to take cases that are outside his practice area, handling mostly civil forfeiture cases. The clients he has represented are mostly elderly individuals whose property is being seized by the government because of illegal activity connected to the property. Often an older parent takes in a child who is involved in drug sales. “I don’t fault the city or state for taking action,” says David, “but I really sympathize with the homeowner who, out of the goodness of his or her heart, gets taken advantage of by a family member.” When David is able to secure an agreement that the person responsible for the illegal activity will leave, he has been able to save the owner’s property. “It’s very rewarding to save someone’s home,” he said.
David’s own practice is busier than ever. Being a principal in a thriving new firm and raising a young family could be enough of a challenge. He also serves as Eastern District Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice. “I’m the busiest I’ve ever been,” says David. But his commitment to VIP doesn’t waver. “It’s the right thing to do,” he says. “No excuses.”
Philadelphia VIP promotes equal justice for the poor by providing civil legal services not otherwise available, collaborating with other legal services organizations and promoting a culture of volunteerism by educating and exposing attorneys and law students to issues of poverty. For more information, please visit them online at www.phillyvip.org.