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Information for Penn Law Students

Welcome WLAP volunteers.  Thank you for your interest in the Women’s Legal Assistance Project!

Who we are:

Criminal justice issues are just the tip of the iceberg for the majority of women convicted of a criminal offense in Philadelphia. These women desperately need legal support tailored to their specialized needs in housing, employment, custody, and benefits. The Women’s Legal Assistance Project is a student pro bono project that aims to address these issues by providing holistic legal support and education to these women.

How to get involved:

Public Benefits Workshops - As a volunteer, you will give presentations to women at our partner organizations about how their public benefits may be affected by previous criminal convictions.  

Court Costs and Fines Workshops - You will also educate women on how to decrease and/or pay off their court costs and fines.  

Case Management - WLAP is working with Community Legal Services and the Philadelphia Public Defender Office to begin a direct service project.  As a member of a team of volunteers, you will take on clients and file petitions to reduce bail costs.  

Training:

In order to participate you must complete  a training.   Training details will be disseminated via e-mail through our listserv.  To be added to our listserv please contact our Outreach Director, Andrew Pearlman,  andrew.pearlman@law.upenn.edu.

 

In the meantime, should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us directly.

Executive Director: Pamela Martin, pam@law.upenn.edu

Program Director: Justine Haimi Mealey, justine.haimi@law.upenn.edu

Development Director: Adrienne Lighten, alighten@law.upenn.edu

Outreach Director: Andrew Pearlman, andrew.pearlman@law.upenn.edu

 

 

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