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Programs that provide assistance in the form of advocacy, arbitration, class action litigation, legal counseling, legal representation, mediation, paralegal counseling, self-representation assistance and/or court watching which focus on a particular area of law.

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Service NameDescriptionLocationProgramAgency
Allegheny County Bar Foundation, Pro Bono CenterThe Pro Bono Center helps eligible low-income residents of Allegheny County to find free legal services through Pro Bono Center member projects and organizations. AlleghenyAllegheny County Bar Foundation, Pro Bono CenterAllegheny County Bar Association
American Civil Liberties Union - PhiladelphiaProvides legal assistance regarding fair housing and/or unfair discrimination practices.PhiladelphiaAmerican Civil Liberties Union - PhiladelphiaAmerican Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania
Back to SocietyProvides children and family services, drug and alcohol treatment, education, finance/budgeting, health, legal services, re-entry services.PhiladelphiaBack to SocietyBack to Society, Inc.
Community Legal Services - Language Access ProjectLanguage Access Project works to ensure CLS services are available to Philadelphia communities with limited ability to speak, read, write, or understand English. The unit addresses legal issues specific to this population and collaborates with other units to represent individuals and families in challenging language barriers to benefits, services, and access to justice.PhiladelphiaNorth Philadelphia Law CenterCommunity Legal Services of Philadelphia
Dauphin County Area Agency on Aging - Legal ServicesLegal assistance is available free of charge to persons 60 and older. The service is limited to civil law cases and does not include fee generating cases.DauphinDauphin County Area Agency on AgingDauphin County Area Agency on Aging
Duquesne University School of Law - Civil Rights ClinicDuquesne University School of Law's Civil Rights Clinic is a year-long in-house clinic that engages in civil rights litigation and advocacy. Students participate in weekly training sessions addressing the applicable substantive and procedural law. Beyond the classroom, students are trained in case intake and interviewing, client counseling, fact investigation, case analysis, negotiation, research, and drafting of complaints and documents. A leading referral source for cases is the Pittsburgh Chapter of the NAACP. In this innovative partnership, NAACP staff and volunteers work with the clinic students and the supervising attorneys to create a comprehensive intake and referral system for civil rights and other legal complaints. Students prepare and conduct training sessions for the NAACP on the application of a refined and systematized intake and referral process. Any potentially viable civil rights complaints identified through this process will be referred to the CBR Clinic or when necessary to other appropriate sources for assistance. The civil rights clinic works with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations and the Pittsburgh chapter of the NAACP on matters involving employment, housing and public accommodation discrimination, and civil rights advocacy.AlleghenyDuquesne University School of Law, Tribone Center for Clinical Legal EducationDuquesne University
Duquesne University School of Law, Tribone Center for Clinical Legal Education - Family Law ClinicStudents in the Family Law Clinic work under the supervision of a family law attorney to represent income-qualified clients with cases involving domestic abuse, divorce settlement, child support, and child custody. Students have opportunities to fully engage in client representation under Pennsylvania's student practice rules in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County. The clinic provides live-client experiences and teaches students the skills of interviewing, counseling, negotiation, drafting pleadings, and advocating before the court. The Family Law Clinic assists income-qualified clients with cases involving domestic abuse, divorce settlement, conservtorships, child support, and child custody, among other family law issues.AlleghenyDuquesne University School of Law, Tribone Center for Clinical Legal EducationDuquesne University
Duquesne University School of Law, Tribone Center for Clinical Legal Education - Federal Litigation ClinicProvides legal services to assist youths in navigating school disciplinary, suspension, and expulsion hearings as well as alternative education placements. Referrals come from family court as well as the Juvenile Defender Clinic.AlleghenyDuquesne University School of Law, Tribone Center for Clinical Legal EducationDuquesne University
Duquesne University School of Law, Tribone Center for Clinical Legal Education - Unemployment Compensation ClinicThe Unemployment Compensation Clinic focuses on unemployment compensation matters for low-income clients. Students receive valuable training in litigation skills for direct application in their representation of unemployment compensation clients. Each unemployment compensation case gives students experience in client interviewing, case preparation, direct and cross-examination, application of the rules of evidence, and oral presentation before a referee. All students represent multiple clients over the course of the clinic and therefore have the opportunity to develop and hone their trial advocacy skills. The Unemployment Compensation Clinic assists low-income clients with unemployment compensation matters including voluntary quit, willful misconduct, overpayment, offsets, seasonal work and eligibility issues.AlleghenyDuquesne University School of Law, Tribone Center for Clinical Legal EducationDuquesne University
Duquesne University School of Law, Tribone Center for Clinical Legal Education - Veterans ClinicThe Veterans Clinic assists veterans charged with non-violent offenses adjudicated through the Allegheny County Veterans Court program. The students prepare and present cases for disposition in the Court of Common Pleas and stay in touch with veterans to ensure they are following court-ordered substance abuse or mental health treatment plans offered as alternatives to incarceration. The program is one of the first criminal law veterans clinics in the country.AlleghenyDuquesne University School of Law, Tribone Center for Clinical Legal EducationDuquesne University
Ensuring That All Children Have Access to SchoolMany children are kept out of school, or endure long delays, because their districts or schools do not understand (or have chosen not to follow) the law. Among those most affected are children in foster and group homes, homeless children, children returning from juvenile placements, and immigrant children. In 2009, ELC seeks to obtain new state policies that will make the rules clear to schools and districts, plus an appeal process that families can use when problems develop. Children in the child welfare system face a host of additional school problems. When their living arrangements change, they may be forced to change schools, even though the law says that they can continue where they are unless their needs require otherwise. County child welfare staff do not routinely monitor these students’ school performance, or seek help for those who are struggling. And while many of these children have disabilities, some do not have parents who can represent them in the special education process. In 2009 ELC will seek new policies from the Department of Public Welfare and the Department of Education aimed at making sure that children in the child welfare system can stay in their school even when their living arrangements change; that their educational progress is monitored and addressed; and that "surrogate parents" are appointed to represent the needs of children with disabilities whose own parents are unavailable.AlleghenyEducation Law Center - PittsburghEducation Law Center - PA
Family Services Inc. Civil Legal RepresentationThe FSI Justice Project is a civil legal representation office that provides free representation to low-income victims and survivors of domestic violence in civil matters such as divorce, custody, child support, and housing among other things.BlairFamily Services Inc. Victim ServicesFamily Services Incorporated
Fiduciary SupportPower of Attorney, Rep Payee and Guardianship.MifflinMJAAA ServicesMifflin Juniata Area Agency on Aging
HIAS Pennsylvania - Philadelphia Partnership for ResilienceProvides case management, health care and legal aid to survivors of torture in Philadelphia and the 5 County area. HIAS Pennsylvania provides immigration legal assistance in the partnership.Philadelphia*Main Site (Hias and Council Migration Service of Philadelphia, Inc.)HIAS Pennsylvania
Huntingdon-Bedford-Fulton Area Agency on Aging Legal ServicesProgram that provides assistance in the form of advocacy, arbitration, class action litigation, legal counseling, legal representation, mediation, paralegal counseling, self-representation assistance and/or court watching which focus on a particular area of law.BedfordHuntingdon-Bedford-Fulton Area Agency on Aging - Bedford OfficeHuntingdon-Bedford-Fulton Area Agency on Aging
Huntingdon-Bedford-Fulton Area Agency on Aging Legal ServicesProgram that provides assistance in the form of advocacy, arbitration, class action litigation, legal counseling, legal representation, mediation, paralegal counseling, self-representation assistance and/or court watching which focus on a particular area of law.FultonHuntingdon-Bedford-Fulton Area Agency on Aging Fulton OfficeHuntingdon-Bedford-Fulton Area Agency on Aging
Huntingdon-Bedford-Fulton Area Agency on Aging Legal ServicesProgram that provides assistance in the form of advocacy, arbitration, class action litigation, legal counseling, legal representation, mediation, paralegal counseling, self-representation assistance and/or court watching which focus on a particular area of law.HuntingdonHuntingdon-Bedford-Fulton Area Agency on Aging Huntingdon OfficeHuntingdon-Bedford-Fulton Area Agency on Aging
Public Defenders Office - Erie CountyLaw office for public defenseEriePublic Defenders Office - Erie CountyPublic Defenders Office - Erie County
Referral Services for Civil Legal MattersReferral services for simple civil legal matters which are not considered to be fee generating.DauphinNorthern Dauphin Human Services Center Agency on AgingDauphin County Area Agency on Aging
Support Center for Child Advocates - Core ProgramsA non-profit organization founded in 1977, the Support Center for Child Advocates offers free legal and social services to Philadelphia's abused and neglected children. We advocate for these child victims with the goal of securing a permanent, nurturing environment for each child in our care. We offer services through five Core Programs: > Child Protection > Medically Needy Children > Kinship Care and > Adoption > Child Advocacy Leadership Referrals come to us from the courts, District Attorney's Office, Department of Human Services, hospitals and private social service agencies. As one of the few places to call for a lawyer for a needy child, Child Advocates helps children to testify, heal and thrive!PhiladelphiaSupport Center for Child Advocates - Philadelphia; Center CitySupport Center for Child Advocates
University of Pittsburgh School of Law - Elder Law ClinicStudents provide free legal services to low-income older adults (aged 60+) and/or clients’ family members. Services focus on advance planning for incapacity (including Powers of Attorney and Living Wills), simple estate planning, guardianship and related matters, Medical Assistance for long term care, settlement of estates with limited assets/small estates, and grand-parenting issues. Students also provide community presentations on elder law issues.AlleghenyUniversity of Pittsburgh School of LawUniversity of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh School of Law - Environmental Law ClinicWorking largely in the areas of water quality, water rights, mining, solid waste disposal, and land use, the Environmental Law Clinic represents low-income clients in matters ranging from legislative drafting to litigation to client counseling.AlleghenyUniversity of Pittsburgh School of LawUniversity of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh School of Law - Family Law ClinicThe Family Law clinic assists indigent pro se litigants with family-law issues primarily involving custody, child support, and paternity, as well as secondary family-law issues.AlleghenyUniversity of Pittsburgh School of LawUniversity of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh School of Law - Health Law ClinicUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Law Health Law Clinic serves low-income individuals with health-related legal problems, including ones that prevent them from working and/or result in their losing access to health care.AlleghenyUniversity of Pittsburgh School of LawUniversity of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh School of Law - Immigration Law ClinicClinic personnel specialize in serving immigrants in removal proceedings and asylum cases, as well as survivors of domestic violence. Clinic students represent immigrants requesting asylum, facing removal from the United States, and seeking special protection under the Violence Against Women Act. Students also help clients to overcome linguistic and cultural barriers that could impede their success in the U.S. legal system.AlleghenyUniversity of Pittsburgh School of LawUniversity of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh School of Law - Taxpayer ClinicThe clinic gives free legal help to persons, based upon their level of income, who have federal income tax problems or need federal income tax advice. Dealing with the clinic will not affect taxpayers’ rights before the IRS. The clinic provides free advice and assistance for:
  • Income tax returns being examined by the IRS;
  • IRS tax-collection problems;
  • Tax cases pending before the United States Tax Court.
Working under the supervision of experienced tax attorneys, the clinic’s students assist in all aspects of delivering legal services to low-income taxpayers in disputes with the IRS. Students engage in interviewing, counseling, research, drafting, and negotiation with the IRS calendar and the disposition of the cases taken. In addition to working with clients, students meet for weekly case-review sessions.
AlleghenyUniversity of Pittsburgh School of LawUniversity of Pittsburgh
Veterans Advocates GroupVeterans Advocates Group is a group of VA Accredited Agents that exclusively represents disabled veterans and their dependents seeking compensation/pension benefits. Veterans Advocates Group is owned by two VA Accredited Claims Agents that are also disabled Veterans. They focus exclusively on Veterans disability claims. They are located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but represent Veteran’s and their families worldwide. They understand how frustrating it is to go through the compensation/pension process because they themselves have already gone through the VA system They offer representation to veterans and their dependents at the Regional Office (RO) level and the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA) level of the VA administrative process. AlleghenyVeterans Advocates GroupVeterans Advocates Group

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