David Keller Trevaskis, Esquire, is an attorney and former third grade teacher with a Master’s Degree in Education. Trevaskis is the Pro Bono Coordinator for Legal Services for the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA), responsible for assisting local bar associations, legal services programs and other groups who offer pro bono legal services across the Commonwealth to help improve the access to justice for the neediest among us.
Trevaskis’ work in poverty law is extensive as the PBA’s pro Bono Office processes nearly 6000 request for help each year through the PBA Legal Services to the Public Committee and helps organize and run clinics on a variety of subjects from expungements to elder law issues. Trevaskis also staffs the PBA’s Immigration Law Committee and he presents on immigration issues to a variety of audiences. He supports the Wills for Heroes Program of the PBA’s Young Lawyer Division which has provided at no cost first responders and veterans with wills and other estate planning documents. Trevaskis is proud of his work supporting veterans and active duty personnel with civil legal aid through the PBA’s Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. He is also proud that his namesake, nephew David Trevaskis, serves in the United States Army.
Trevaskis has long been a champion of non-violence, having been the designer of and original trainer for Project PEACE (Peaceful Endings through Authorities, Children and Educators), a peer mediation, anti-bullying and youth court program jointly sponsored by the PBA and the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General. Trevaskis received his original training as a mediator for landlord/tenant and small claims cases while a Temple law student in 1987. Since then, Trevaskis has worked closely with Good Shepherd Neighborhood Mediation Center and the Mediation Program at the Philadelphia Municipal Court and completed divorce and custody mediation certification in 2006. Trevaskis promotes mediation as a court alternative throughout the Commonwealth, having helped develop the PBA Pro Bono Mediation Initiative, and he provides pro bono mediation services in a variety of settings. Trevaskis is helping develop a new pro bono mediation initiative for lawyers helping with Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission matters. Trevaskis is best known in the field as one of the most prolific trainers of school based peer mediation and conflict resolution programs, especially at the elementary school level.
A co-author of the 2014 text, School Law: Legal Framework, Guiding Principles, and Litigated Areas, David is an expert on school law and school crisis. He teaches in the classroom and online at Community College of Philadelphia, Gratz College, Arcadia University and the University of New England
Trevaskis is the recipient of the 1996 Philadelphia Bar Association's Leon J. Obermayer Education Award, a 2000 President's Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association for the Project PEACE anti-violence program he developed and still coordinates, the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Division’s 2002 F. Sean Peretta Service Award, and a 2004 Chester County Bar Association President’s Award. In 2006, Trevaskis was the second recipient of the Compass Award for leading the way in citizenship education, an award first given to United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. During that same year, Trevaskis received the President's Citation from the Indiana Bar Association and the LEAP-Kids Lifetime Achievement and Mentor Award. In 2007, Trevaskis received the President's Award from the Delaware County Bar. Trevaskis was one of ten inaugural Gavel Award winners from Community College of Philadelphia in 2009. He has earned Pro Bono Supervisor of the Year recognition from the University of Pennsylvania Law School every year since 2010 for his work with the Black Law Student Association’s Project PEACE outreach and he was honored by Community College of Philadelphia in 2011 and 2012 for his work with Wills for Heroes. Trevaskis was honored by the Glenside Rotary as a Paul Harris Fellow in 2011. He received a 2013 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Award and he was honored over the 2013 King Holiday with a parade of cadets at Valley Forge Military Academy and College in recognition of his anti-bullying work at the school. Trevaskis was honored by the Pennsylvania Council of Mediators in April 2015 as its Most Valuable Peacemaker and by the American Bar Association in October 2015 with its top law-related education recognition, the Isadore Starr Award.
Trevaskis is married with two children and two grandsons. Below Trevaskis is seen conducting a mock Supreme Court hearing with middle school students.