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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime, should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us directly.