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Head of Community Legal Services Gets Phila. Bar Association Service AwardThe Philadelphia Bar Association honored Catherine Carr for a career devoted to justice and advocating for women's rights.
Low-Income Advocates Urge City Flexibility on New Property Tax ProgramsJennifer Schultz, of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, testified that the new assessment system known as "AVI" (Actual Value Initiative) left many homeowners confused and scared.
Health Care Advocates Lining up to Testify About Corebett's Proposed Medicaid PlanThe hearing was originally scheduled for the morning, but interest in the hearings has been high and registration filled so quickly that the department added an afternoon session. And that filled up, too.
Renewed Push To Protect The Poor From Utility ShutoffsA debate is heating up over whether to reauthorize Pa. Act 201, a law that gives utilities the authority to shut off heat and electricity during the winter for all but the poorest of the poor.
EEOC Says Some Companies Exclude Job Applicants With Criminal Records Too BroadlyOne lawsuit was filed in South Carolina against automaker BMW for firing 70 black employees based on background checks -- some of whom had been there for years.
Coalition Of Lawyers Pledge To Serve Low-Income FamiliesEighty percent of low-income families have no access to lawyers in civil cases -- even when their home or child custody is at stake. A coalition of lawyers is hoping to change that.
Pa. Legislature Considers Bill To Speed Up Unemployment ClaimsPennsylvania's Secretary of Labor and Industry acknowledges missing the federal metric for first check issuance in the latest quarterly report card, but says the department had previously been criticized for paying claimants too much.
Fight Back When Your Mortgage Turns 'Zombie,' Local Expert Advises"If I could afford a lawyer, I would contact a lawyer," says Beth Goodell of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia.
CLS Cuts Ribbon On New State Of The Art Building In North PhiladelphiaCommunity Legal Services (CLS) provides free civil law services to low income families throughout Philadelphia.
Local Group To Hold 3rd Annual 5k At Memorial HallCommunity Legal Services of Philadelphia is holding its third annual 5K Sunday.
Lawsuit Aims to Overturn Recent Cuts in Pennsylvania's Welfare ProgramsAct 80, passed this year, eliminated the $150-million general assistance fund, which gave monthly cash grants of about $200 to more than 61,000 low-income and disabled Pennsylvanians.
Advocates For Poor Say Pa. Assistance Cuts Will Hit Philadelphia HardestThe cuts in aid to 61,000 poor Pennsylvanians go into effect July 31st.
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