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Custody and Support Assistance Clinic (CASAC)

CASAC’s primary purpose is to assist low-income Philadelphians as they confront one of the most challenging and intimate legal battles one can face: a dispute over child custody.  We advocate for our clients in establishing, maintaining, and expanding custodial relationships with their children. We also provide assistance to survivors of domestic violence who seek protection from abuse orders. We work one-on-one with clients to prepare them for pro-se appearances in court, and also provide assistance in drafting legal documents. Our clinic serves low-income Philadelphians involved in custody disputes, as well as survivors of domestic violence. We are supervised by the attorneys of Philadelphia Legal Assistance. Advocates are expected to be available for one shift a week. Each shift lasts approximately 4-5 hours. Advocates will have the opportunity to see clients one-on-one from their very first shift. Advocates learn how to develop effective client relationships and manage their own caseload. Advocates also gain legal writing skills through drafting documents for clients. Our advocates help our clients navigate an often confusing legal system as they deal with some of the most emotionally-taxing challenges of their lives. Our work matters profoundly to our clients. Knowing the impact our successes and failures can have on our clients’ lives is the greatest privilege and responsibility of a CASAC advocate. 

 

Student Leaders

Chase Morgan Executive Director
Dorothy Hazan Program Director
Anya Perret Professional Development
Bill Fedullo Training and Recruitment Director
John Schifalacqua Resource Director
Anna D’ginto Public Relations & Events Director