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The Chancellor urged every Philadelphia lawyer "to help us lead the state in making contributions to this important effort." Primavera said: "Of course, Philadelphia lawyers already contribute significantly to such funding through our own Philadelphia Bar Foundation and by direct contributions to a whole range of law-related public interest agencies which help those in need." But he added that "the funding gap is wide and the need is great. In Philadelphia alone it has been estimated that nearly one out of every three people lives below the poverty line. These people often need legal help just to survive and to acquire the necessities of life."
The Chancellor noted that if every lawyer in the Commonwealth gave at least as much as the Chief Justice suggests, "we would raise $2.75 million. That would go a long way toward helping to provide equal justice for all." Primavera said he would continue to urge Philadelphia lawyers to do their part and he called upon bar leaders throughout the state to do the same. "The whole idea of justice is that it should be accessible to everyone, and that's what this is all about," Primavera concluded.