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    Community based law clinics that provide legal advice and representation to individual clients and other groups in areas of law that affect low income individuals and disadvantaged communities, self advocacy support, and referrals to legal and other services. Most are small organizations that deliver legal services to particular neighborhoods or geographically defined communities, but some are specialty clinics that focus on children and youth, older adults, people with disabilities, injured workers and other specific populations. Typical areas of practice include housing, social assistance, income maintenance, pensions, workers compensation, unemployment insurance, human rights, education and various types of government programs and benefits. Many community legal clinics also engage in system advocacy with the objective of reforming existing laws, programs and practices; and community development activities. Included may be social justice organizations and law school legal clinics.

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    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
    Income and Economic Stability - North Penn Legal Services - HonesdaleFocus on SSI appeals and discontinuation, establishment of benefits for unemployment compensation, welfare cases including cash assistance and food stamps, restoration of drivers license or expungement of a record, wage claims and issues under the Family Medical Leave Act and improper executions by creditors on personal property.WayneNorth Penn Legal Services - Wayne CountyNorth Penn Legal Services
    Income and Economic Stability - North Penn Legal Services - PittstonFocus on SSI appeals and discontinuation, establishment of benefits for unemployment compensation, welfare cases including cash assistance and food stamps, restoration of drivers license or expungement of a record, wage claims and issues under the Family Medical Leave Act and improper executions by creditors on personal property.LuzerneNorth Penn Legal Services - Lackawanna, Luzerne, Sullivan & Wyoming CountiesNorth Penn Legal Services
    Junvenile Law Center - AdvocacyThe Juvenile Law Center works on behalf of children who are involved in the child welfare system including abused or neglected children placed in foster homes, delinquent youth sent to residential treatment facilities or adult prisons, or children in placement with specialized services needs.PhiladelphiaJuvenile Law Center - Philadelphia; Center CityJuvenile Law Center
    Lackawanna Pro Bono, Inc. - Juvenile Record ExpungementAdults between the ages of 18 and 24 years who are unable to afford a lawyer, may be eligible for free legal help to have a juvenile record expunged. Eligiblity requirements do apply. Call or text to request more information. Lackawanna Pro Bono’s services are only for people who have very low incomes. Lackawanna Pro Bono does not handle criminal cases. Lackawanna Pro Bono does not handle cases that are outside Lackawanna County. LackawannaLackawanna Pro Bono, Inc.Lackawanna Pro Bono, Inc.
    Lackawanna Pro Bono, Inc. - Legal RepresentationLocal attorneys offer pro bono legal representation for civil cases. Potential clients must reside in households whose gross incomes do not exceed 125 per cent of the federal poverty guidelines. In addition, their household assets must not exceed certain limits. Services are primarily for Lackawanna County residents and only for cases within Lackawanna County. Handles a broad spectrum of civil cases, including the following: landlord-tenant, debtor-creditor problems, mortgage foreclosures, unemployment compensation, termination of social security or SSI benefits, uninsured tort defense, family law and other serious civil matters.LackawannaLackawanna Pro Bono, Inc.Lackawanna Pro Bono, Inc.
    Legal Clinic Free-Saint Therese's ChurchThe free legal clinic provides personalized, accessible, no-obligation legal services to members of the parish and the community beyond St. Therese's. Legal issues include family, landlord, property, criminal defense, business formation among other topics. The people who seek help and advice are from varying faiths and socio-economic groups.LuzerneBack Mountain Free Legal and Medical ClinicSaint Therese's Church
    Legal Clinic Free-The Hope CenterOur non-sectarian goal is to provide legal services to those unable to pay for such services in the private sector; or who may be alienated from the traditional justice system; or who have a problem warranting prompt preventive care without obligation or cost.LuzerneThe Hope CenterBack Mountain Harvest Assembly Church
    Preserving the Home - North Penn Legal Services - HonesdaleFocus on private landlord/tenant evictions and evictions from public housing, mortgage foreclosure defense including cases of bankruptcy, utility shut-offs, protection of rights and preservation of eligibility related to subsidized housing, enforcing legal protections in regards to habitability and the recovery of tenant property illegally seized or retained by landlords.WayneNorth Penn Legal Services - Wayne CountyNorth Penn Legal Services
    Preserving the Home - North Penn Legal Services - PittstonFocus on private landlord/tenant evictions and evictions from public housing, mortgage foreclosure defense including cases of bankruptcy, utility shut-offs, protection of rights and preservation of eligibility related to subsidized housing, enforcing legal protections in regards to habitability and the recovery of tenant property illegally seized or retained by landlords.LuzerneNorth Penn Legal Services - Lackawanna, Luzerne, Sullivan & Wyoming CountiesNorth Penn Legal Services
    Safety, Stability and Well Being - North Penn Legal Services - HonesdaleFocus on Protection from Abuse matters for petitioners who are unable to successfully present their own case without an attorney. Assistance with Medical Assistance and Medicare with advance planning for other heath issues regarding insurance, quality of care and denial of treatment services and assistance with mental health commitments.WayneNorth Penn Legal Services - Wayne CountyNorth Penn Legal Services
    Safety, Stability and Well Being - North Penn Legal Services - PittstonFocus on Protection from Abuse matters for petitioners who are unable to successfully present their own case without an attorney. Assistance with Medical Assistance and Medicare with advance planning for other heath issues regarding insurance, quality of care and denial of treatment services and assistance with mental health commitments.LuzerneNorth Penn Legal Services - Lackawanna, Luzerne, Sullivan & Wyoming CountiesNorth Penn Legal Services
    SeniorLAW Center - HelplineThe Pennsylvania SeniorLAW Helpline is a free and confidential telephone service, staffed by attorneys, providing legal information, advice and referrals to senior citizens 60 years of age and older throughout the state. The Helpline can address a variety of issues, including credit, debt, bankruptcy, Medicare, wills, powers of attorney, pensions, elder abuse, divorce, custody, domestic violence, support, landlord-tenant disputes, deeds, utilities, financial exploitation and many others.PhiladelphiaSENIOR LAW CENTERSeniorLAW Center
    SeniorLAW Center - Legal ServicesServices available include legal advice, direct legal services and representation, information and referral, community-based neighborhood legal services, community outreach and education, and services and resources for older victims.PhiladelphiaSENIOR LAW CENTERSeniorLAW Center
    Support for Families - North Penn Legal Services - HonesdaleFocus on child custody disputes in which a party faces potential loss of custody either through a court action or by another party, a parent that is denied contact with a child except when a court order bars that contact and in cases in which failure of a person to establish or modify a custody or visitation order would pose a clear and immediate danger to a child.WayneNorth Penn Legal Services - Wayne CountyNorth Penn Legal Services
    Support for Families - North Penn Legal Services - PittstonFocus on child custody disputes in which a party faces potential loss of custody either through a court action or by another party, a parent that is denied contact with a child except when a court order bars that contact and in cases in which failure of a person to establish or modify a custody or visitation order would pose a clear and immediate danger to a child.LuzerneNorth Penn Legal Services - Lackawanna, Luzerne, Sullivan & Wyoming CountiesNorth Penn Legal Services
    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
    YWCA Bucks County- Racial and Social JusticeEncourages youth and adults of all cultures to explore race together. Includes "reading to reduce racism" after school book clubs, discussion groups, and special eventsBucksYWCA Bucks CountyYWCA Bucks County

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