The Elderly Law Project

Telephone: (215) 204- 6887 | Fax: (215) 204- 2570

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.

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging

Pennsylvania Department for Aging

Stephen and Sandra Sheller Center for Social Justice

Telephone: (215) 204-8800
Visit the Sheller Center Website

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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Justice Lab

In Professor Shanahan’s Justice Lab, students represent client organizations in a range of systemic advocacy matters.  Students develop and advance policy campaigns, design and pilot legal services and access to justice programs, draft legislation and provide legislative advocacy tools, and act as problem solvers and strategic planners. Through this social justice advocacy, Justice Lab students develop expertise in finding creative solutions to legal problems, reflect on the complex social and political aspects of legal problems, and develop strengths in interviewing, research and information gathering, policy, legislative, and strategic analysis, written and oral advocacy, collaboration, project planning and management, professional ethics, negotiation, and media advocacy skills.

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