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Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia

http://www.pilcop.org

Who We Are

The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia is dedicated to advancing the Constitutional promise of equal citizenship to all persons irrespective of race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, gender or poverty. We use public education, continuing education of our clients and client organizations, research, negotiation and, when necessary, the courts to achieve systemic reforms that advance the central goals of self-advocacy, social justice and equal protection of the law for all members of society.

Projects:

Special Projects are in operation in the following areas:

Education: The Law Center offers pro bono consultation services for low income families of children with disabilities.  We review records and other information about the child and provide advice to families during in-person meetings with a follow up opinion letter. The Law Center represents low-income families of children with disabilities seeking to enforce their child's rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.  We represent families in administrative due process hearings, as well as in appeals to state and federal court. The Law Center also provides a series of trainings to parents of children with disabilities.   

Employment: The Law Center focuses on overcoming barriers to employment for people with disabilities and people with prior criminal convictions by providing free legal advice and consultation on employment matters to low-income* persons with disabilities and representation in appropriate cases. 

Healthcare Access: The Law Center uses high-impact legal strategies, including advocacy, convening activities, technical legal assistance, partnerships, and lawsuits to encourage and ultimately compel governmental officials to provide coverage with appropriate reimbursement for and access to care as mandated by federal law.

Public Health & Environmental Justice: The Law Center works to promote the interests of community gardeners and urban farmers in marginalized Philadelphia neighborhoods.

Housing & Community Services: The Law Center has long focused on ending housing discrimination, including race, disability and gender discrimination, as a key element in the fight against structural inequality.

Public Health & Environmental Justice
The Law Center uses the law to eliminate systemic barriers to medical and dental care so that marginalized populations can access the prompt, high-quality care they need to thrive. To do so, we use high-impact legal strategies, including advocacy, convening activities, technical legal assistance, partnerships, and lawsuits to encourage and ultimately compel governmental officials to provide coverage with appropriate reimbursement for and access to care as mandated by federal law - See more at: http://www.pilcop.org/healthcare/#sthash.gE2QAJt3.dpuf

Voting Rights: The Law Center uses legal strategies that enhance the integrity of elections by protecting every citizen’s right to vote, promoting a more engaged and informed electorate, and ensuring that every vote is counted as cast.

Who We Serve

Area(s)
  • Bucks County
  • Chester County
  • Delaware County
  • Montgomery County
  • Philadelphia County
Income Guidelines

For consultation services families below 187% of the federal poverty line receive services free of charge; others are asked to pay a modest fee ($225) to cover the Law Center's costs.

For pro bono representation, the Law Center does not have firm income guidelines.

For training courses, the Law Center provides scholarships for families who advise us that they cannot afford to pay the regular fee of $100 per session ($200 for lawyers).

Is this organization accessible by wheelchair?
Yes
Does this organization provide access for the hearing impaired?
No

Type of Help

This group provides the following types of services based on your legal needs and its resources:
  • Full Legal Representation
  • Brief Advice
Description of Services

Consultation: Before a consultation meeting, families are asked to
send in the student's educational records and to fill out and submit a
Consultation Questionnaire. The family may submit the questionnaire at the
time that it requests a consultation or wait until the appointment is
scheduled. Please follow the

instructions on our website to complete and submit the questionnaire.

How to Get Help

You can contact this organization by:

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Information

Appointments are available for consultations. Consultation inquiries may also be made by email to consultation@pilcop.org. Please include your name, phone number and best time of day to reach you in email or voicemail inquiries.

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Information

Representation: Persons seeking representation should review the
information at our website:

http://www.pilcop.org/contact.html#RequestForAssistance.  Download the
request for information form and send it by email to
general@pilcop.org.

Training: The full schedule of trainings and registration are located at
our website at
http://www.pilcop.org/upcoming.html. 

General Contact Information

Address
Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia
United Way Building, 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 2nd Floor (map)
Mid City West, PA 19103
Phone
215-627-7100
Fax
215-627-3183
Website
http://www.pilcop.org
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