July 2015 Newsletter

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City Officials Make Historic Commitments to Eastwick Residentseastwick
Just some of the 140 Eastwick residents in attendance (Photo: Deborah Jefferson)
In mid-July, we celebrated with our clients in Eastwick as city officials announced their intentions to move toward community-based planning processes to determine the future of a 135-acre parcel of vacant land and to create infrastructure to mitigate flooding. Such planning processes would be the first for the neighborhood in more than 50 years. For the last three years, we have successfully represented the Eastwick Friends & Neighbors Coalition and residents in their efforts to stave off the environmentally unsound and unwanted proposal to develop the 135-acre parcel and to address severe environmental injustices. Read More
Hot of the Press: 2014 Annual Report & 2015 Strategyreport

37 cases. 6 comprehensive projects. 102 pro bono attorneys. 80 volunteers. 3,100+ people reached through education programs. These figures are just a snapshot of our work and success last year. Read our 2014 annual report online and learn more about how we partnered with communities to break down systemic barriers to life's most basic needs. Read More

Law Center Advocates for Supportive, Positive Measures to Keep Students in Schooltruancy
In June, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams spoke publicly about plans to get tougher on school truancy by filing criminal charges against parents. We were pleased at the DA's interest in getting involved, but we know from our successful case in Lebanon, Pa., that punitive measures such as criminal charges and fees do not solve truancy and are especially problematic for students with disabilities. We sent a letter to Williams and to the School District of Philadelphia, urging the offices to work together to implement positive, supportive measures to keep students in school. Read More
Save the Date for our Annual Event!event
Join us on September 29 to celebrate our work to ensure all children have access to a high-quality public education. Can't make it? Buy and donate a "Ticket for a Teacher" and give a teacher a well-deserved night out. Read More
Board Member of the Month: H. Laddie Montague eric
H. Laddie Montague, Jr., is president, shareholder, and chairman of the Antitrust Department, of Berger & Montague, P.C. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Public Interest Law Center for more than 10 years and has been integral in helping the organization grow and stabilize. We are excited to honor him at this year's Annual Event, and proud to showcase him as our Board Member of the Month.

About his contributions to the Law Center, he said, "My being able to make any contribution to the excellent staff of dedicated attorneys has been rewarding. Attending board meetings and learning of the accomplishments of the Law Center, which do so much good for so many people, and hearing at the annual meetings the gratitude of the clients is a joy." Read More
Thank you, Summer Interns!interns
Every summer, our office buzzes with life as we are joined by a new class of interns. These students work hard and help us significantly move forward our projects and cases. We can't thank this year's class enough for all of their efforts.

You can learn more about internship opportunities at the Law Center by heading to our website. Read More
Pro Bono Partner of the Month: Andrew Zivitzprobono
Andrew Zivitz is a partner with Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP. He and others from Kessler Topaz assisted us in securing appropriate kindergarten services for a child with special needs. About aiding the Law Center, he said, "Kessler Topaz has always been a staunch supporter of the Public Interest Law Center and the work it does for the community...getting involved in a special education matter on behalf of a 5-year-old child with the Law Center was a refreshing and gratifying change of pace. We look forward to continuing the partnership." Read More
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