Temple Legal Aid Office
Telephone: (215) 204-1800 | Fax: (215) 204-5521
Temple Legal Aid Office provides free legal representation in civil law matters to qualifying, low-income, Philadelphia residents. The Legal Aid Office frequently helps clients with issues related to:
- Family law (child and spousal custody and support, kinship adoption, etc.)
- Problems encountered with health insurance companies
- Life-planning (wills, powers of attorney, etc.)
- Employment discrimination
- Public benefits as they relate to persons with chronic illness and physical disabilities
Focus On: Community Lawyering
In the Community Lawyering Clinic and related Advanced Clinical Intensive, students are placed in the primary lawyer role for individuals in litigation and transactional matters. Our present client base includes people with severe illnesses, like cancer and HIV, and people with severe disabilities. Our most common representation is in administrative hearings in public benefits cases and with simple estate planning, like wills and living wills. Students work with clients both in the Temple Legal Aid Office and at community medical and social service centers throughout the city. In the fall semester, the class is paired with a serial writing class, Poverty Law (Law 1041), which allows students to learn about poverty law issues from a theoretical context while practicing poverty law in the clinic. Registration for Poverty Law is handled separately.
Focus On: Family Law Litigation
The Family Law Litigation Clinic provides direct legal representation to low-income litigants in child custody, child and spousal support, adoption and other family law matters. Under the supervision of the Clinical Professor, clinic students handle all aspects of clients’ cases, including intake interviews, case selection, development of case plans, drafting of pleadings, counseling of clients, negotiation with opposing counsel or parties, development of trial strategy, trial preparation and court appearances. The Family Law Litigation Clinic is ideal for students who are interested in gaining more direct individual client experience and in-court trial advocacy experience.
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
- Estate planning
- Real estate issues
- Consumer protection
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.