Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP has announced that Gina M. Smith has joined the firm as of counsel in the White Collar Litigation Group in the Philadelphia office.
Prior to joining Ballard Spahr, Ms. Smith served for 18 years in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office as an assistant district attorney responsible for the investigation and prosecution of a wide range of high profile domestic violence, child abuse, rape and homicide cases.
Last month, she became an appointed faculty member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Commission on Capital Education. Through the National Judicial College, Ms. Smith is engaged in the training of Pennsylvania judges and the preparation of a bench book of capital litigation.
Ballard Spahr reports that Thomas B. Roberts and the firm's pro bono immigration team were honored recently by the HIAS & Council Migration Service of Philadelphia for their outstanding and committed pro bono support. HIAS is a non-profit agency serving the immigrant community in Philadelphia.
With the development of Ballard's Asylum & Immigration Program, Ballard Spahr has been providing increased support to HIAS over the past four years. Mr. Roberts has been at the forefront of the Ballard Spahr Asylum & Immigration Program, spearheading at least ten different cases referred to Ballard by HIAS. His services included leading a team of Ballard attorneys representing elderly Russian immigrants whose Social Security benefits had been suspended because the government failed to finalize their naturalization papers in a timely manner. Using his knowledge of the immigration system, Mr. Roberts was able to get the attention of immigration authorities to resolve his clients' plight.
Mr. Roberts is supported in his immigration pro bono work by Shereen Chen, the leader of Ballard Spahr's immigration practice, and more than 20 volunteer attorneys.