Public Citizen, founded by Ralph Nader in 1971, is a national consumer advocacy group that represents consumer interests in government and the courts. It also publishes consumer information, including a book about pharmaceuticals titled Worst Pills, Best Pills. (See worstpills_publiccitizen.htm)
Tom Kline and Shanin Specter and their colleagues at Kline & Specter, PC, have made many monetary donations to charitable organizations and institutions. Some help injured or infirm people – like victims represented by the firm. Others provide legal services for the needy. Listed below are some of the recipients:
The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia individuals and organizations address laws, policies and
practices that perpetuate discrimination, inequality and poverty
Riverbend Environmental Inc. is staffed by scientists who study environmental impacts of various sites. It assesses wetlands and assists clients with storm water management.
Rubye’s Kids in Jenkintown, Pa. provides charitable services to further the social, emotional, and educational welfare of impoverished children.
Settlement Music School provides lessons, classes and activities in music, dance and visual arts to children and adults in metropolitan Philadelphia without regard to age, race or financial circumstances, and awards more than $2 million annually in aid and scholarships.
Sixers Charities covers a number of programs, including hosting needy children at Philadelphia 76ers games, educational initiatives, refurbishing playgrounds and providing scholarships.
Southern Poverty Law Center, founded in 1971 by Morris Dees and Joe Levin as a civil rights law firm, is widely known for legal victories against white supremacists and its tracking of hate groups.
Spina Bifida Association helps the estimated 70,000 people in the United States who have the disabling birth defect. Spina Bifida is a neural tube defect that occurs in the first month of pregnancy when the spinal column doesn’t close completely.
The Support Center for Child Advocates offers free legal and social services to Philadelphia's abused and neglected children, advocating for child victims with the goal of securing a permanent, nurturing environment for each child.
Susan G. Komen For The Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists working to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. The organization is the largest source of non-profit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer.
The Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University Medical Center is dedicated to the treatment and cure of brain and spinal tumors in children and adults, combining the resources of a leading research hub with a commitment to patient care.
Trial Lawyers for Public Justice fights for justice through litigation designed to enhance consumer and victims’ rights, environmental protection, civil rights and civil liberties, workers’ rights, America’s civil justice system and protection of the poor and powerless.
United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia & Vicinity helps children and adults with disabilities live as indepently as possible, while providing families with information and tools needed to support loved ones in the community.
University of Pennsylvania Law School will feature at its new Golkin Hall a courtroom donated by Kline & Specter to be used for mock trials and possibly Pennsylvania Superior Court arguments. Shanin Specter teaches trial advocacy at the school. (See the dedication ceremony.)
University of Virginia Patrick Sean Murphy Scholarship Fund is awarded annually to a student at the university who best exemplifies the values and ideals reflected in the life of Patrick Sean Murphy, who died in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
Variety - The Children’s Charity is a not-for-profit organization that provides programs and services to special-needs children between birth and 18 with disabilities resulting from injury, illness, or congenital conditions.
Vision For Equality works to look for avenues of support for people with autism and disabilities.
The Wellness Community is an international organization helps cancer victims fight for recovery by providing free psychological and emotional support as an adjunct to conventional medical treatment.
WHYY has been serving the Delaware Valley's cultural landscape with television and radio programming for more than 50 years. Kline & Specter is a proud sponsor of the PBS News Hour and the Nightly Business Report.
WXPN Special Producers Club sponsors and promotes music and the Arts in the Philadelphia region with a variety of programs, including the Free Concert At Noon Series, World Cafe, Kids Corner and the Fall Arts Preview.
William Penn Charter School Kline and Specter Scholarship Award established by Tom Kline and Shanin Specter in honor of Lisa Slowick, Class of 1995. It is awarded on an annual basis to "an upper school student who has striven to overcome injury, illness or significant personal hardship as exampled by Lisa."
William Penn Charter School was also the recipient of a contribution from alumnus Shanin Specter and Tom Kline, parent of two Penn Charter Alumni, enabling construction of squash courts at the school, which is located in Philadelphia.(See below) click here for more photos