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Penn Housing Rights Project (PHRP)

The purpose of the Penn Housing Rights Project (PHRP) is to help Philadelphia tenants navigate legal disputes with their landlords. We work with local law firms (e.g. Dechert) and nonprofits (e.g. Community Legal Services) to ensure that tenants have adequate legal representation in housing court. Volunteers are required to attend two short training sessions (totaling less than 5 hours total) at the beginning of the school year, and then the additional amount of hours they’d like to volunteer is completely up to them. Volunteers agree to take on “cases” as their schedules allow with each case consisting of roughly 2-6 hours over the course of about a week. The work allocated to student volunteers is relatively flexible and determined in conjunction with the supervising attorney assigned to the case. PHRP helps students develop an understanding of the fundamentals of housing law. In addition, volunteers will have the opportunity to develop new skills by completing research tasks, communicating with clients, negotiating with opposing counsel, and even arguing cases in front of municipal judges upon certification during 2L year. Volunteers can learn at their own pace and take on additional responsibility as their skills develop. We love this project because it allows us to make a difference in our Philadelphia community. We enjoy having the chance to help our clients overcome difficult and often stressful circumstances. We’ve learned that giving a client a shoulder to lean on can make all the difference in helping them resolve their housing troubles and get back on their feet.


Student Leaders

Leor Moaddel Board Member
Thomas Mintz Board Member
James Wieler Board Member
Jesse Treverton Board Member