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Employment Advocacy Project (EAP)

The Employment Advocacy Project (EAP) aims to provide legal representation to low-income Philadelphians who are unfairly denied unemployment compensation benefits. Supervised by Philadelphia Legal Assistance, law students represent clients at administrative hearings, similar to mini trials, or assist with appeals to the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review in the form of written briefs. Student advocates must have two non-adjoining, 3-hour time periods open between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm each week to attend hearings. By joining EAP, advocates will gain skills in communicating with clients from diverse backgrounds, improve public and trial advocacy speaking skills, and increase knowledge about rules of evidence and unemployment compensation law.

Student advocates enjoy the opportunity to give back to the Philadelphia community, work with fellow students from Penn, Temple, and Drexel, and practice legal skills by representing claimants in hearings. Unemployment compensation is a vital social safety net that keeps workers in their homes and with food on the table as they look for a new job, and EAP works to sustain this crucial resource for Philadelphia residents.

 

Student Leaders

William LaRosa Managing Director
Gabriella Ravida Intake Coordinator