Law Center Updates

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.

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 […]

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