Lancaster, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC) has named attorney John “J.” Quain its “Light of Liberty Pro Bono Attorney” for 2022.
The prestigious award is bestowed annually on the organization’s top pro bono attorney, honoring his/her exceptional service and support. PIRC, based in York, Pa., provides free legal services and education to help immigrants obtain or protect their legal status. Quain routinely volunteers with PIRC helping immigrants and their families in Pennsylvania receive legal aid they would not have access to otherwise. In particular, Quain dedicated his time to a pro bono program which helps immigrants obtain their U visas.
“The U visa project is an important initiative that has allowed numerous victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence to achieve legal residency in the U.S. following their cooperation with law enforcement in prosecuting the individuals that subjected them to violent treatment,” said Quain. “Without the program many of these law-abiding residents would face deportation despite being eligible to remain in the U.S. Our work is not done, but thanks to the program, many qualifying residents now have the ability to legally work and live in Pennsylvania.”
Quain will be presented his award at PIRC’s Light of Liberty event which recognizes all the volunteers and supporters who worked with organization over the past year. The event will be held on Sept. 21 from 5:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m. at the Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York, Pa.
“J. is a skilled civil litigator. I am so grateful that J. has put those skills to work for PIRC’s clients who would be unable to move forward with putting their lives and families back together if great lawyers like him weren’t willing to volunteer their time and talents. That’s definitely worth celebrating,” said Barley Snyder Partner David Freedman who helped PIRC orchestrate the U visa pro bono program.
A Harrisburg native, Quain is an attorney in the Barley Snyder Litigation and Finance & Creditors’ Rights practice groups. In addition to his work with PIRC, Quain serves as the secretary of the board of directors for the Historic Harrisburg Association and the treasurer of the Dauphin County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section.
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