The Elderly Law Project

Telephone: (215) 204- 6887 | Fax: (215) 204- 2570
Email: debra.kroll@temple.edu

The Elderly Law Project provides legal service to Philadelphia residents who are 60 years and older. Clients are assisted in many areas of the law, including:

  • Social security
  • Medicare
  • Estate planning
  • Real estate issues
  • Consumer protection

The Elderly Law Project is funded by PCA and the Pennsylvania Department of Aging.

Focus On: The Elderly Law Project

This clinic offers students the opportunity to study a variety of statutes which particularly affect senior citizens and to represent clients of the Elderly Law Project. Students may represent clients before an administrative agency in matters involving the application of the Social Security Act and regulations which control social security, supplemental security income (SSI), social security disability, Medicare and Medicaid. Students also prepare legal documents such as wills, living wills and durable powers of attorney. They will advise clients about consumer problems, landlord/tenant matters, financial planning, long-term care, protective services and guardianship. Preparation for each case begins with the “initial intake” and ends with representation which may take the form of a hearing, informal negotiation or the preparation of a legal document. Students also prepare legal documents such as wills, living wills, and durable powers of attorney. They will advise clients about consumer problems, landlord/tenant matters, financial planning, long-term care, protective services and guardianship.

Stephen and Sandra Sheller Center for Social Justice

Telephone: (215) 204-8800
Email: rscipio@temple.edu

The Sheller Center for Social Justice at Temple University Beasley School of Law, created in 2013 by a generous gift from Stephen and Sandra Sheller, is a hub for social justice inquiry and advocacy. The Center’s faculty, staff and affiliated faculty work with law students, the Law School’s other legal clinics and experiential programs, others at the University, community organizations, and external partners to seek justice for disadvantaged populations in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania.

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Focus On: Social Justice Lawyering

In the Social Justice Lawyering Clinic, students engage in the multifaceted practice of social justice advocacy to benefit underserved communities in and around Philadelphia. Students provide legal support to individuals, community-based organizations, and legal advocacy organizations by:

  • Providing direct representation to clients
  • Engaging in community education
  • Authoring policy briefs and white papers
  • Participating in legislative advocacy
  • Meeting regularly with community members, organizers, and legal advocates

The focus area for the Social Justice Lawyering Clinic may change from year to year based on community needs. The current clinic is focused on promoting low-wage worker rights and advancing opportunities for low-income immigrants.

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In the Access to Justice Clinic, students will work with legal aid organizations, courts, and other organizations that are developing innovative ways of expanding legal help to people who are currently unrepresented. Projects will reflect the priorities of collaborating organizations, but may include efforts to expand the availability of counsel; innovative uses of technology; the development of court-based “help centers;” and more. The focus will be on identifying barriers to access to justice and advocating for systemic solutions rather than on individual representation. Students will gain skills and experience in collaborating with lawyers concerned with access-to-justice problems; in understanding how administrative agencies and courts operate, and how people of limited means experience our judicial system; in identifying barriers to justice and developing strategies for change; and in written and oral advocacy.

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