The Public Interest Law Center and co-counsel Arnold & Porter received the 2018 Innovation in the Rule of Law and Access to Justice Award from Financial Times on December 10 at the North America Innovative Lawyers Awards, recognizing the firms for their successful challenge to partisan gerrymandering in Pennsylvania.
We are sad to report the death of our former colleague, Frank Finch III, on Tuesday, October 16th. The Law Center was fortunate to have such an exemplar of the spirit of justice on its staff and as an outstanding member of its community of alumni.
The Law Center is pleased to welcome Dana Trexler to its Board of Directors. She was elected by the board at their October meeting. Dana Trexler is a Partner in the Financial Advisory Services Group at EisnerAmper, with 20 years of experience. She provides expert witness services in intellectual property litigation and complex commercial litigation. […]
The Public Interest Law Center is accepting applications for its 2019 Winter/Spring legal internship program and its 2019 Summer Internship program. Interns are given significant responsibilities on substantive legal projects in the areas of voting, education, housing, employment, health care, and environmental justice. Assignments include legal research and writing; drafting briefs, pleadings, and discovery requests; reviewing and analyzing discovery responses and documents; interviewing clients and witnesses; and preparing policy memoranda and proposed legislation. Interns also gain practical experience through shadowing attorneys at meetings and court appearances.
On July 30, the Public Interest Law Center, partnering with pro bono counsel from Blank Rome LLP, filed an amicus brief in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania in Sherman McCoy v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The case concerns an appeal by Mr. McCoy, a person with an intellectual disability (ID) who received a mandatory sentence of […]
The Law Center is pleased to welcome Katherine Hatton to its Board of Directors. She was elected by the board at their August meeting. Katherine Hatton is vice president, general counsel and secretary of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She was drawn to the foundation by its mission-driven approach to social change and focus on […]
The Public Interest Law Center is seeking a web developer experienced in Django to complete an update of Grounded In Philly, a unique map-based tool for community gardeners and others who wish to return vacant land to productive use. See complete request for proposals here. Background Through our Garden Justice Legal Initiative, we provide legal, […]
On Thursday, June 14, Law Center staff attorney Ebony Griffin was appointed as a member of the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council (FPAC). FPAC connects Philadelphians and their local government to create a more just food system. They envision that all Philadelphians can access and afford healthy, sustainable, culturally appropriate, local, and fair food. In […]
On June 4, 2018, the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of baker Jack Phillips, Petitioner in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd., et. al. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, et. al. in a 7-2 decision written by Justice Anthony Kennedy. The Court’s holding in the case was narrow, based on perceived bias in the adjudication process at […]
Staff attorney Michael Churchill will be honored by Education Voters of Pennsylvania at a celebratory reception on June 21st, 2018, 5:00-7:00 p.m., at Greenberg Traurig LLP. For more than three decades, Michael Churchill has fought for high quality public education for all Pennsylvania children. He has led and continues to lead the Public Interest Law […]