The Philadelphia Bar Foundation funds nearly 40 legal aid nonprofits, all of whom are doing incredible work in Philadelphia & PA for the communities they serve. Our bi-weekly news round-ups highlights their recent activities:
12/03/19 - Women’s Law Project filed a joint brief to urge the Supreme Court to strike down a Louisiana law that requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at local hospitals.
12/01/19 - Lawyers from AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania are representing a transgender woman from Delaware County living with HIV is suing Sunray Drugs for exposing confidential health information by clearly marking packages in her communal mail room with her name and a description of the contents.
11/27/19 - CeaseFire PA is urging for action on Extreme Risk Prevention Order legislation originally introduced in the PA senate in February.
11/27/19 - Community Legal Services of Philadelphia submitted testimony to the City Committee on Finance in support of a bill that seeks to increase the amount of the local wage tax refund available for low-income workers.
11/22/19 - Juvenile Law Center has expressed their support for a bipartisan Justice for Juveniles act introduced to the House of Representatives to protect young people from abuse in prisons.
11/20/19 - Following an argument presented by president of ACLU PA Peter Goldberger, the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court reaffirmed the fundamental right to remain silent.
11/20/19 - A federal jury ruled in favor of two former Berks County Prison inmates represented by the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project, concluding that Berks County was guilty of gender discrimination.
11/19/19 - At a recent meeting of Philadelphia City Council’s Special Committee on Poverty Reduction and Prevention, Sharon Dietrich of Community Legal Services presented the main points of improvement revolved around Pennsylvania’s new “Clean Slate” bill.
11/18/19 - Women’s Law Project released a statement in opposition to the Pennsylvania Senate’s vote to advance legislation that would ban abortions in cases where a fetus has been diagnosed with Down syndrome
11/12/19 - U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon introduced legislation that would make it easier for juveniles abused in residential facilities to hold them accountable in court, following a class-action lawsuit against the Glen Mills Schools on behalf of former students filed by Juvenile Law Center & Education Law Center.
11/12/19 - A Homless Advocacy Project Birth Certificate Legal Clinic held at Project HOME had volunteers from Comcast and Morgan Lewis assist overy 70 people suffering from homelessness with their Birth Certificate applications.