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Our statement on the PA Supreme Court decision upholding the LRC state legislative redistricting plan

March 16, 2022–The Public Interest Law Center and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund have released a statement on the recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision upholding the Legislative Reapportionment Commission’s (LRC) final plan for state house and senate district lines. The law firms filed an amicus brief supporting the redistricting plan, representing formerly incarcerated Pennsylvania voters […]

Taking on prison gerrymandering, formerly incarcerated voters and the NAACP-PA file an amicus brief supporting PA state house and senate maps

March 11, 2022 – Formerly incarcerated Pennsylvania voters and the NAACP – Pennsylvania State Conference have filed an amicus brief with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, supporting the Legislative Reapportionment Commission (LRC)’s decision to take a major step towards ending the practice of “prison gerrymandering” in their 2022 Pennsylvania state House and Senate redistricting plans. By […]

Pennsylvania voters and Disability Rights PA file an amicus brief defending the right to vote by mail

February 15, 2022 – The Public Interest Law Center has filed an amicus brief with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, supporting voters’ right to choose to vote by mail. The brief backs the appeal by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from the Commonwealth Court’s decision to strike down Pennsylvania’s expansion of mail-in voting, Act 77. This law, […]

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Selects Congressional District Map–Our Statement with Common Cause PA

February 23, 2022–Today, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania issued an order selecting the map proposed by the Carter plaintiffs as Pennsylvania’s congressional map for the next decade. We represented a group of Pennsylvania voters who are deeply committed to free and equal elections. These voters, known as the Ali et al amici, submitted a proposed […]

Pennsylvania Voters Committed to Free and Equal Elections Submit Proposed Congressional District Plan

January 24, 2022 — Today, a group of Pennsylvania voters who are deeply committed to free and equal elections have weighed in on congressional redistricting for the Commonwealth. They submitted a proposed plan as part of an amicus brief and expert report filed in two consolidated cases – Carter v. Chapman and Gressman v. Chapman—which […]

Pennsylvania voters file application to intervene in congressional redistricting case, seeking to ensure a fair map

December 31, 2021 – The congressional redistricting process in Pennsylvania appears to be at an impasse. A map drawn by the Pennsylvania House Government Committee, controlled by Republicans, has drawn sharp rebuke from Democratic Governor Tom Wolf. In two consolidated cases, Carter v. Degraffenreid and Gressman v. Degraffenreid, voters are asking the Pennsylvania Supreme Court […]

Recapping Week Four of the PA School Funding Trial

Week four of the Pennsylvania school funding trial featured testimony on the role of early childhood education and testimony about the School District of Lancaster, one of six school districts suing state legislative leaders and other state officials for shortchanging students in low-wealth communities.

A win taking on source of income discrimination

November 30, 2021–The Law Center recently had a victory in the fight against source of income discrimination, a pervasive obstacle faced by tenants with housing subsidies seeking safe and stable housing. Tenants who use housing subsidies (such as Housing Choice Vouchers backed by the Department of Housing and Urban Renewal (“HUD”), or “Section 8” vouchers) […]

Opportunity: Philadelphia is seeking a Community Resilience Grants admin

November 16, 2021 – Philadelphia’s Office of Sustainability is seeking proposals from applicants to administer their new community resilience grants program. The community resilience grants program, directed by the city’s Environmental Justice Advisory Commission (EJAC), will distribute small grants to community groups undertaking projects to advance environmental justice in Philadelphia–including, but not limited to, urban […]

Auto body shops and quality of life in Southwest Philadelphia

Attention Southwest Philadelphia residents: Do you live close to an auto body shop or scrapyard? The Public Interest Law Center would like to learn more about how your quality of life is impacted by the large number of auto-related businesses in Southwest Philadelphia. You have the right to enjoy your home. Please call the Law […]