Pillars of Justice

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is proud to honor Sheila and Edward Chacker as Pillars of Justice for their extraordinary philanthropy in the area of public interest legal services. Put simply, Sheila and Ed are pillars of our community. The Chackers, charter members of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation's Andrew Hamilton Circle, lead by example, providing decades of outstanding financial support to the Bar Foundation and numerous public interest legal services agencies.

Ed and Sheila are truly champions of justice. Ed speaks loudly and proudly about the public interest community in Philadelphia at every opportunity and, together, Ed and Sheila have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for legal services in Philadelphia.

Sara Woods, Philadelphia VIP


A former President of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation (2004-2005) and Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association (1999), Ed – who explains their giving as ‘doing the best they can’ – is an inspiration to all.

Ed introduced me to the nonprofit legal services community and expanded my understanding of the responsibility of  lawyers, who are so fortunate, to insure access to justice for all. His bubbly unrelenting enthusiasm is contagious.

                  Debbie Gross, Philadelphia Bar Foundation


Sheila, a former high school and college counselor, is an Executive Committee Member of the Philadelphia Chapter of The Transition Network (TTN) and has served as a volunteer for the Support Center for Child Advocates. Sheila has been recognized by the Pennsylvania House and Senate for her outstanding work.

When it comes to pushing for justice for all, Ed is a like a whirlwind: fast and furious and full of powerful motion. Stand back! But, he is a whirlwind with a smile, a joke, a gift pretzel in hand, and tons of love. Sheila is a power in her own right, and somehow hangs in there, supports him, and keeps the whirlwind in check when need be, sometimes grounding him and sometimes letting him fly, but always recognizing the importance of the work. Most recently, Ed co-chaired the successful CLS capital campaign, which has raised more than $8.5 million for the new North Philadelphia Law Center, and is still not done.

Cathy Carr, Community Legal Services


A former President of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association (PTLA), Ed has long been recognized as one of the outstanding trial lawyers in Pennsylvania. In 2012 the PTLA presented him with its Michael A. Musmanno Award, an award which is presented annually to the person who best exemplifies the same high integrity, scholarship, imagination, courage, and concern for human rights as exhibited by the late Justice Michael A. Musmanno of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.