Philadelphia Pro Bono Legal Services
Getting legal aid and counsel involves a lot of time and plenty of research, which may end up costing individuals a small fortune. Fortunately, many Philadelphia-area attorneys offer a free consultation so that you can get to know the lawyer and decide if you would like to commit to paying for representaton. Look through the Philadelphia employment attorney resource page to view a listing of PA employment attorneys who offer free consultations.
There are also other attorneys who provide their services pro bono, or free of charge, if they believe the case is worthy of their expertise. Below is a list of a few Philadelphia pro-bono legal clinics:
AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania
1211 Chestnut St., Ste.600, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Service(s) include: public and private benefits, access to healthcare and back-to-work assistance, personal estate, criminal records resolution, family law, immigration.
Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
200 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Service(s) include: negotiating performing contracts for actors, dancers and musicians; protecting copyrights and trademarks; preparing by-laws for newly formed nonprofits; negotiating short- and long-term workspace leases and exhibition agreements; securing protection of artwork; and setting up new community-wide arts initiatives.
American Civil Liberties Union
P.O. Box 40008, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Service(s) include: defense of the rights of women and minorities, workers, students, immigrants, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people; promote civil liberties including the freedom of speech, the right to privacy, reproductive freedom, and equal treatment under the law.
Community Legal Services
1424 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19102
Service(s) include: legal advice and representation to low income residents of Philadelphia in civil cases involving bankruptcy, child custody, credit card debt, elderly issues, employment, landlord-tenant, mortgages, public housing/section 8, and welfare, to name a few.
You can also refer to the Philadelphia Bar Association's Directory of Public Interest Legal Organizations to find more pro bono services that fit your legal needs.