Law Center Updates

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.

Law Center amicus brief takes on unconstitutional probation detainers

We argue in a brief filed with the ACLU of Pennsylvania that our state’s current detainer system is not only unconstitutional, but is an example of the systemic racism that remains prevalent in our criminal justice system.

Remembering Barbara Grimaldi

We are all mourning the loss of our colleague and dear friend, Barbara Grimaldi.

Philadelphia City Council honors the Public Interest Law Center with a resolution marking the Law Center’s 50th Anniversary

On Thursday, June 13, Philadelphia City Council passed a resolution, introduced by Councilmember Helen Gym, honoring and recognizing the 50th Anniversary of Philadelphia’s Public Interest Law Center for its “pioneering civil rights litigation, which has advanced the civil, social and economic rights of communities in the Philadelphia region.” 

Law Center Board of Directors Elects New Officers and Recognizes Departing Members

At our 2019 annual meeting, the Law Center’s Board of Directors elected a new slate of board officers and recognized the contributions of three departing directors, as well as former Chair Lea Knight. The board and staff thanked Michael Hynes, Robert LaRocca, and Richard Pasquir, who have completed their terms as board members. All provided […]

Life sentence without parole vacated for man with an intellectual disability in a case involving indicted detective Philip Nordo

Advocates say his case demonstrates why mandatory life sentences without parole for individuals with intellectual disabilities violate the Eighth Amendment.

Law Center Welcomes Mira Baylson and Donald Perelman to the Board

The Public Interest Law Center is pleased to welcome two new members to our Board of Directors, Mira Baylson and Donald Perelman. Both were elected by the board at our March meeting.

[Update] Law Center Files U.S. Court of Appeals Amicus Brief Defending Nationwide Injunctions, Along with Four Other Lawyers’ Committee Affiliates

In their amicus brief, the Law Center and its partners demonstrate that nationwide injunctions have a long history in American courts and have long served as an invaluable tool for protecting the civil rights of vulnerable communities that lack adequate access to justice.

Law Center Welcomes Robert Wiygul to the Board

The Law Center is pleased to welcome Robert Wiygul to its Board of Directors. He was elected by the board at their February meeting.

Law Center Welcomes 2019 Ex Officio Board Members

The Law Center is pleased to welcome our 2019 slate of Ex Officio board members.

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