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2014: Year in Review
Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia  
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Dear  :
Thanks to your incredible support, we have been able to help our clients accomplish so much this year, including:


Just last week we, along with lawyers from Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the American Medical Association and other provider associations in Richard Armstrong, et al., v. Exceptional Child Center, Inc., et al. Our brief demonstrates why it is important for people enrolled in Medicaid to be able to enforce federal Medicaid law, particularly a provision which requires states to provide them the same access to medical care as is enjoyed by people with commercial insurance. 


School Funding Lawsuit Petitioner Sheila Armstrong
Together with the Education Law Center, we filed a lawsuit against the state for failing to adequately and equitably fund a "thorough and efficient system of public education."   


We made sure Pennsylvania's voter ID law was struck down--a huge victory for at least 500,000 voters.


Michael Churchill's testimony before the Basic Education Funding Commission was picked up by the Washington Post.


We helped five families whose young children with autism were not receiving appropriate special education services from Elwyn, a state-contracted service provider. 

One of our Elwyn clients


Thanks to our class action settlement, parents of children with autism in Philadelphia will no longer be in the dark about their child's school placement and now have a say in where their child goes to school.  


We sued the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for failing to meaningfully investigate and respond to allegations of massive curriculum deficiencies in Philadelphia public schools.


We welcomed our first-ever Independence Fellow, Julie Foster, who launched the Disability Employment Discrimination Project.


We helped gardeners and farmers raise their voices and inform the planning process for Philadelphia's new Land Bank.

Land Bank Public Hearing


We filed a class action lawsuit against the School District of Philadelphia for unilaterally assigning ESY services to students with disabilities without making determinations based on individual student needs.


We launched the Fair Employment Opportunities Project and helped Stephanie Settles after she was inappropriately turned away from a job at a Sunoco gas station because of a five-year-old arrest that never led to a conviction.  




All of this work is made possible by the support of people like you. There is still time to support our work: go to to make your 2014 tax deductible contribution.
Thank you for being a part of our work this year. Here's to an even better 2015! Happy New Year!

Warm regards,

Jennifer R. Clarke
Executive Director  

P.S. - You can also support us by taking a short, 10-minute survey that will help us better serve our clients, partners and the community. If you take the survey by Friday, January 2 at 6 PM, you will be entered into a drawing to win one of five $100 restaurant gift cards.
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