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Public Interest Law Center

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Advocating For Those In Need

HIAS, the oldest international migration service in the nation, recently worked with a group of Bhutanese refugees in Philadelphia so they could literally put down roots.

08/19/2014

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Legal Victory For Philadelphia Parents Of Students With Autism

A federal judge has given a preliminary okay to a settlement that ensures that autistic children won’t be shuffled from school to school without parents being given advance notice.

05/11/2014

(Gov. Tom Corbett had said he would hold up additional funding for Philadelphia schools until the teachers' union agrees to concessions.  File photo)

Group Eyes Lawsuit To Force Pa. To Release Funding For Phila. Schools

The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia says it has precedent that shows it could work: the Chester-Upland budget crisis.

08/14/2013

(Pa. woman holds her new voter ID. Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Pa. Judge Weighing Arguments To Overturn State’s Voter ID Law

The trial in the case challenging Pennsylvania’s voter ID law has wrapped up with closing arguments before a Commonwealth Court judge.

08/01/2013

(Jessica Pickens, 19, of Chicago stands with fellow voting rights activists outside the US Supreme Court on June 25th.   Credit: Pete Marovich/ MCT via Getty Images)

Voting Rights Advocates See Hard Times In Wake Of US Supreme Court Decision

“This decision was a bad day for America and for voting,” says Jennifer Clarke, executive director of the Public Interest Law Center and one of the plaintiff attorneys in Pennsylvania’s yearlong battle over voter ID.

06/25/2013

(Philadelphia School District headquarters, at 440 North Broad Street.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Class-Action Ruling Gives Philadelphia Parents of Autistic Kids a Say in School Placement

Two years ago, the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia filed a class-action lawsuit against the School District of Philadelphia on behalf of the 1,600 children with autism in grades K through 8.

02/20/2013

Voters cast their ballots during the April primary. (credit: Cherri Gregg)

Pennsylvania Department Of State Creates New Voter ID Card

The Department of State announced on Friday that it has created a new, more accessible photo ID just for voting. The announcement came less than five days before the ACLU lawsuit to overturn the law was expected to go to trial in Harrisburg.

07/20/2012

(Pa. state senator Shirley Kitchen addresses the informational rally she organized in North Philadelphia.   Credit: Michelle Durham)

North Philadelphia Rally Puts Voter ID Law In Spotlight

Pennsylvania state senator Shirley Kitchen, whose constituency includes North Philadelphia, held a streetcorner rally at 23rd and Allegheny to remind area residents about Pennsylvania’s controversial new voter ID law.

07/11/2012

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