DLA Piper receives pro bono award from the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia

DLA Piper has been presented with the Thaddeus Stevens Partnership Award by the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia (PILCOP), which, at its annual Social Justice Gala, recognised the firm’s lawyers for their pro bono support in a case alleging racial discrimination of students through special education placement.

In Blunt v Lower Merion School District, DLA Piper served as co-counsel with PILCOP in a lawsuit centred around claims that Lower Merion School District systematically discriminated against African-American students by disproportionately and inappropriately placing them in special education programmes and the lowest-level classes.

The DLA Piper team that provided pro bono representation to the parents alongside PILCOP included Carl Hittinger, co-chair of DLA Piper’s US antitrust and trade regulation group and head of the Philadelphia litigation practice, as well as partner Lesli Esposito, associates John Huh, Nathan Heller and Patrick Castañeda and paralegal Michael Lodato.