Get Help

If you are in need of free legal support on one of the following issues, please contact us:

  • disability employment discrimination
  • special education and disability rights
  • problems in public and charter schools (for example, no nurses, no gifted curriculum, etc.)
  • employment discrimination because of a criminal record
  • affordable housing, housing discrimination or uninhabitable housing issues
  • securing legal access to vacant land or navigating laws related to community gardening and urban farming
  • ensuring development in your community is equitable
  • voting discrimination

To contact us by phone or fax:

For English:

215-627-7100 and leave a voice mail in our general mailbox; someone will get back to you, although it may take a few days

For Spanish, Mandarin and other languages:

215-627-7100. We can connect you with an interpreter or you can leave a message in a voicemail box for Spanish or Mandarin.

By fax:

215-627-3183


To submit a request online, please use this form:


Disability employment discriminationSpecial educationDisability rightsEducationEmployment discrimination due to criminal recordHousingVacant land and/or community gardeningEquitable developmentVoting discriminationOther


Request Representation from the Garden Justice Legal Initiative

To request representation for a community garden or urban farm issue from the Law Center’s Garden Justice Legal Initiative, download and follow the instructions on the form.

To complete the form:

  1. Save the form to your computer or print it
  2. Fill it out on the computer or by hand
  3. If completed on the computer, email to wburstein@pubintlaw.org
  4. If completed by hand, mail to the Law Center’s address listed above, Attn: Garden Justice Legal Initiative

If you have questions, you contact the Law Center at (215) 627-7100 ext. 252 or wburstein@pubintlaw.org.

NOTE: Requesting an appointment by phone or email will not establish an attorney client relationship. We are not agreeing to take your case. We do not represent you at this time. Therefore, you remain responsible for any and all deadlines.


Request a Special Education Consultation

The Law Center has assembled a network of participating lawyers who will consult with families seeking to defend their child’s rights under the IDEA. The lawyers will schedule a meeting with families and will provide information about next steps available. Following the initial appointment the lawyers will make a decision about whether to take your case. To request an appointment for consultation services, please complete this form.

Please also fill out this form, which allows us to release and exchange your information and records to the lawyer that may assist you.

To complete the forms:

  1. Save the forms to your computer or print them
  2. Fill them out on the computer or by hand
  3. If completed on the computer, email to wburstein@pubintlaw.org
  4. If completed by hand, mail to the Law Center’s address listed above, Attn: Consultations

If you have questions, please contact the Law Center at (215) 627-7100 or wburstein@pubintlaw.org.

NOTE: Requesting an appointment by phone or email will not establish an attorney client relationship. Neither we nor participating lawyers are agreeing to take your case. We do not represent you at this time. Due to the number of people requesting assistance, an appointment may not be available immediately. Therefore, you remain responsible for any and all deadlines. If we do not have your consultation questionnaire and records at least one week prior to your scheduled consult, your appointment will be canceled.

Si necesita este formulario en Español, haga clic aquí.


Other resources:

If you are in need of free legal help with issues we do not handle, here is a brief list of organizations that may be better suited to help you.

For general civil legal services in Philadelphia:

For general civil legal services elsewhere in Pennsylvania:

For civil liberties violations in Pennsylvania:

Additional Resources:


Visiting our office:

Please note: we do not accept walk-in appointments.

Our address:

United Way Building
1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Accessible Parking:

Handicap accessible parking spaces can be found near the Race and Parkway intersection as well as on 17th Street between Race and the Parkway.

Standard Parking:

Discounted parking is available at the nearby Sheraton Hotel (201 N. 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103). Entrances to the parking garage can be found on 16th Street or 17th Street between Race and Vine. Payment is only accepted as you exit the garage. Upon leaving our offices, please pick up a discounted parking sticker from the front desk in the main lobby of the building. Take that sticker back to your parked car and use it to receive a discount as you pay on the way out.

Standard Public Transportation:

Our office is conveniently located near multiple SEPTA stops and bus lines including Suburban Station, the Race-Vine station and the City Hall station. To find the best route for you, use the SEPTA trip planner.

Accessible Public Transportation:

The closest accessible stop on the Market-Frankfurt Line is the 13th Street stop. The closest accessible stops on the Broad Street line are the Walnut-Locust stop and the Spring Garden stop. The closest accessible regional rail line station is Suburban Station. All SEPTA buses are accessible. To review the status of an accessible elevator, visit the SEPTA website.