Over 30 public interest legal organizations are located in Philadelphia, and these organizations form a community of dedicated and talented lawyers – many of them Temple Law graduates – who work to bridge the justice gap for the city’s neediest residents. These agencies range from local legal services providers like Philadelphia Legal Assistance to national centers such as the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women. Juvenile Law Center, co-founded by Temple Law graduates in 1975, has won national attention for their work to uncover the judicial corruption in Luzerne County and was chosen as one of eight organizations to receive the prestigious international John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. These agencies provide Temple Law students with rich, diverse, cutting-edge experiences assisting clients, effecting policy, and furthering equal justice. They also form a unique, tight-knit and highly cooperative legal community, often collaborating through the Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association as well as on specific projects.