Law Center Updates

Watch: Michael Churchill’s acceptance speech for the 2020 Drum Major for Civil Rights Award

January 20, 2020 – On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, in recognition of decades of work advancing civil rights, Public Interest Law Center attorney Michael Churchill was honored as a Drum Major for Civil Rights at the Philadelphia Martin Luther King Jr. Association for Nonviolence’s annual awards and benefit luncheon. The Drum Major awards recognize […]

Michael Churchill honored as a Drum Major for Civil Rights by the Philadelphia MLK Association for Nonviolence

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, in recognition of decades of work advancing civil rights, staff attorney Michael Churchill will be honored as a Drum Major for Civil Rights at the Philadelphia Martin Luther King Jr. Association for Nonviolence’s annual awards and benefit luncheon. The Drum Major awards recognize persons and organizations whose deeds are […]

Remembering Lawrence Hoyle: One of Philadelphia’s Most Dedicated Trial Lawyers

This obituary was prepared by Lawrence Hoyle’s former colleagues at Schnader Harris Segal & Lewis LLP. December 30, 2019 — Lawrence Truman Hoyle, Jr., one of the leading trial lawyers of his generation, died on November 30, 2019, at the age of 81 in his home in Philadelphia. “Larry was an attorney of unchallenged integrity, […]

Remembering Eleanor Elkin, a champion for disability rights

December 18, 2019 — The Public Interest Law Center joins the entire disability rights community in remembering the life of Eleanor Elkin, who passed away on December 4 at the age of 103. Friends and colleagues recall her as a driven advocate, who spoke with passion and grace about the rights of people with disability. Eleanor […]

Take action to make sure Philadelphia is counted in the 2020 U.S. Census

The 2020 U.S. Census is crucial to the future of Philadelphia. It determines representation in Congress, as well as the allocation of billions of dollars in federal funding. Next year’s count presents several unique challenges: it is the first Census with an online form, and a failed attempt to implement a citizenship question has spread […]

Here Comes the Sun

This poem was performed at, and composed for, our 50th anniversary celebration, In Pursuit of Justice, on October 10, 2019. Here Comes the Sun by Yolanda Wisher when there is no sun, make one out of tin foil or glitter Wissahickon schist or lion-haired moss   make a sun like a child makes a sun […]

Law Center welcomes Brandon Harrell to our Board of Directors

The Public Interest Law Center is pleased to welcome Brandon Harrell to our Board of Directors. He was elected by the board at their October meeting. Brandon Harrell is the Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs for the Philadelphia 76ers. He is responsible for the day-to-day legal affairs of Philadelphia’s NBA basketball franchise. In […]

We file an amicus brief in Supreme Court DACA case, defending nationwide injunctions

The Public Interest Law Center joined other Lawyers’ Committee affiliates to file an amicus brief defending nationwide injunctions with the Supreme Court in their case reviewing the Trump administration’s elimination of DACA.

Law Center Welcomes David Gersch and Robin Roberts to the Board

The Public Interest Law Center is pleased to welcome two new members to our Board of Directors, David Gersch and Robin Roberts. Both were elected by the board at their September meeting.

Our statement on the closure of state institutions for people with developmental disabilities

The Public Interest Law Center applauds recent news that Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services will close two of the four remaining state institutions for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, transferring residents to home and community-based services. The closure of Polk State Center and White Haven State Center represent a step forward in the decades-long movement for greater integration and community participation of people with disabilities.

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