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Penn Law’s Walk-In Legal Assistance Project (WILA)

Working in partnership with the University City Hospitality Coalition (UCHC) and Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP), Penn Law’s Walk-In Legal Assistance Project (WILA) is a student-led pro bono project that serves the housing insecure and low-income population of Philadelphia. WILA offers a weekly clinic at a local church and provides clients with holistic civil legal services including, but not limited to, social security and disability appeals and registration, birth certificate applications, landlord/tenant issues, and taxes. Each clinic lasts an hour, and volunteers are expected to attend at least four clinics per semester. This attendance expectation builds rapport, respect, and cooperation between the volunteers and clients.

Because WILA provides direct legal services to our clients, volunteers have the opportunity to strengthen their client interviewing and advocacy skills. More importantly, WILA allows volunteers to immerse themselves in the greater Philadelphia community by building relationships with community members and community leaders. Additionally, volunteers build their professional network by working with fellow law students, students from other Penn schools, and attorneys who practice in Philadelphia.

 

Student Leaders

Khary Anderson President
Paul Cotler Volunteer Coordinator
Angela Monaco Vital Records Coordinator
Colleen OConor Advocacy Chair
Anna Marion Notary & Past President