November 18, 2019
LHSC Partner Wendy Hess has been awarded the fifth annual Pennsylvania Bar Association Immigration Law Pro Bono Award to be presented on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. Ms. Hess is a founding and current co-chair of PBA’s Immigration Law Committee. She has been practicing Immigration & Nationality Law for over 38 years.
The Immigration Law Pro Bono Award is coordinated by the PBA Immigration Law Committee and was created to:
“Annually recognize the pro bono accomplishments of an individual or organization working with the PBA in the area of immigration law [and] is given to individuals or organizations that have provided a unique service resulting in a significant provision of legal services to the neediest of foreign nationals on a pro bono basis or as part of legal aid outreach. The winners are selected in consultation with PBA leadership.”
Ms. Hess represents individuals and businesses in all facets of immigration matters, including I-9 related compliance issues and employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visas, particularly in the medical, pharmaceutical, IT and university communities. Ms. Hess, who is fluent in Spanish, also represents individuals in family-based cases and serves as counsel to the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia. She is being recognized for her long-term pro bono immigration work in the Philadelphia area.
Ms. Hess serves as Co-Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Immigration Law Committee, as Co-Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Immigration Law Committee, and as a Board member of HIAS PA. She previously served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association, as President of HIAS, as Chair of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and as a member of AILA’s national U.S. Department of Labor Liaison and Vermont Service Center Liaison Committees. Ms. Hess has continually been listed in Best (Immigration) Lawyers in America (2014 and 2018 Immigration Lawyer of the Year for Philadelphia), Super Lawyers (Pennsylvania) and in The International Who’s Who of Corporate (Immigration) Lawyers. In 2015 and 2016 Super Lawyers recognized her as one of the top 50 women lawyers in Pennsylvania.