Morris James is committed to providing pro bono legal counsel to indigent individuals and service to organizations seeking to increase resources to individuals who cannot afford legal representation.
Below are stories highlighting our pro bono advocacy.
The Access to Justice Commission was established by the Delaware Supreme Court to undertake the task of examining the justice system to identify any barriers to access to justice that may exist, and to develop recommendations designed to improve access to justice for the citizens of Delaware. Lewis Lazarus Co-Chairs the Access to Justice Commission.
The CCJ raises funds each year to provide operating support for Delaware’s three civil legal aid organizations: Community Legal Aid Society, Inc., Delaware Volunteer Legal Services, and Legal Services Corporation of Delaware. Morris James is an annual contributor and sponsor of the CCJ. The CCJ recognized Jill Di Sciullo in 2018 for exemplary fundraising efforts and in 2020 selected Eric Monzo and Rob Gibbs for leadership roles.
The Delaware State Bar Association has recognized Morris James and its lawyers for outstanding pro bono service. This includes awarding Chuck Kunz the Christopher W. White Distinguished Access to Justice Award in 2012; awarding Morris James the Leadership Award in 2015; and awarding Wilson Gualpa and Jill Di Sciullo, respectively, with its 2020 and 2021 Access to Justice Award.
DVLS serves indigent residents throughout Delaware by providing quality, pro bono legal services. Morris James lawyers and professionals provide pro bono assistance to low-income clients with problems in a variety of areas through DVLS. Jill Di Sciullo and Wilson Gualpa currently serve on the Board of Directors. In 2021, the DSBA presented Wilson Gualpa with its Young Lawyers Leadership Award for his work with DVLS.
Morris James lawyers represent children in the custody of DCYFS in family court proceedings. Our attorneys engage in legislative advocacy for this agency charged with safeguarding the welfare of Delaware’s children. In 2008, the Office of the Advocate honored Morris James with its Service to Children Award. The Office of Child Advocate also has recognized 13 Morris James lawyers on its Pro Bono Honor Roll for their service to neglected and dependent children.