Philadelphia Bar Association


Founded in 1802. The oldest association of lawyers in the United States.
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Primary geographic focus: Pennsylvania
Organization type(s): Bar/Pro Bono


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Op-Ed

Philly tenants should have access to legal aid

Deborah R. Gross, Catherine Carr, Joseph Sullivan
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 17, 2017
Philadelphia should follow the example of Washington and New York and move toward making legal representation in eviction and foreclosure proceedings a right, not a privilege available only to those who can afford it.

Letter to Editor

Don’t chop legal aid funding

Deborah R. Gross
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 21, 2017
Eliminating funding for the Legal Services Corp. poses a threat to our entire community. Denying funding for civil legal aid prevents access to justice for all.

News Story

City could save $45M with tenant legal help

Michael D’Onofrio
Philadelphia Tribune
November 13, 2018
On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Bar Association released the year-long study, “Economic Return on Investment for Providing Counsel in Philadelphia Eviction Cases for Low-Income Tenants,” which was completed by Chicago-based Stout Risius Ross LLC.

News Story

New report claims city could save millions by providing lawyers to residents in eviction cases

Jon Hurdle
Philadelphia Weekly
November 13, 2018
By providing lawyers for people faced with eviction, the City of Philadelphia could save itself tens of millions of dollars in costs, the study said.

News Story

What Philadephia Could Gain from Expanding Legal Aid for Tenants

Jared Brey
NextCity.org
November 14, 2018
Since the beginning of 2018, the Philadelphia Eviction Prevention Project has assisted close to 800 tenants who were facing eviction in the city.

News Story

Philly Sees New Push To Provide Attys For Poor Tenants

RJ Vogt
Law360
November 18, 2018
According to a report commissioned by the Philadelphia Bar Association and released last week, residents of the poorest major city in the country are evicted at a rate 150 percent higher than the national average.

News Story

Can Paying for the Poor to Have Lawyers Actually Save a City Money?

J. Brian Charles
Governing
November 19, 2018
Lawyers in Philadelphia think so. They want the city, which is suffering from an eviction crisis, to spend more on helping people fight landlords in court.

Column

Eviction Representation: A Critical Component of Housing Justice

Spencer Wells
Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ)
November 26, 2018
The costs and benefits of eviction representation are the focus of a new study of universal representation in Philadelphia.

News Story

Hire More Lawyers. Save More Money

Alex Braden
Philadelphia Citizen
November 28, 2018
You wouldn’t expect that hiring a bunch more lawyers could actually help a city save money, but that’s exactly what a new report on Philadelphia’s intractable eviction crisis concluded.

News Story

Philadelphia Could Be Next To Provide Lawyers For Low-Income Tenants

Karim Doumar
CityLab
December 5, 2018
A new report shows that by investing in representation for low-income tenants facing eviction, the city could save more than $45 million.

Op-Ed

We have a tool to fix Philly’s eviction crisis

Rasheedah Phillips, Jenna Collins
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 8, 2019
One of the most effective solutions for preventing eviction and housing instability is already in effect around the country: civil legal aid.

Feature

The Four Ideas That Could Define Housing Policy in 2019

Michael Hobbes
Huffington Post
February 14, 2019
After years of inaction, states and cities are taking aggressive steps to protect renters and bring costs down.

Op-Ed

Philly has eviction problem. Right to counsel legislation could help solve it.

Rochelle M. Fedullo, Catherine Carr, Joseph Sullivan
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 17, 2019
Those most affected by evictions in Philadelphia are most likely to be our city’s most vulnerable populations: black women with children, older people and those raising grandchildren, veterans, people with disabilities, and low-income households.

News Story

City Council passes bill right to counsel bill for low-income tenants

Michael D’Onofrio
Philadelphia Tribune
November 14, 2019
Philadelphia City Council passed legislation for taxpayers to pay the legal bills of low-income tenants who are facing eviction on Thursday, sending the bill to Mayor Jim Kenney.

News Story

Philly Council votes unanimously to provide free lawyers for tenants facing eviction

Jake Blumgart
WHYY (PA)
November 14, 2019
Philadelphia City Council unanimously passed a bill Thursday that will provide lawyers to low-income tenants facing eviction in the city.

News Story

Is Tenants’ Right to Counsel On Its Way to Becoming Standard Practice?

Jared Brey
NextCity.org
December 10, 2019
Eviction is a deeply disruptive and destructive event in a tenant’s life that, in the words of Matt Desmond, director of Princeton University's Eviction Lab, “is not just a condition of poverty, it is a cause of it.” Research shows that most of the time in housing court landlords have lawyers but tenants do not. The good news is that there is a growing national movement to provide all renters facing eviction the legal help they need to ensure a fair outcome in eviction proceedings. So far, five cities have passed such bills, and more are considering it.

News Story

Housing In Brief: Will Philly Be the Second Big City to Pass Right-to-Counsel?

NextCity.org
May 17, 2019
Philadelphia Councilwoman Helen Gym has introduced a bill that would guarantee representation in housing court for households under 200 percent of the federal poverty line, PlanPhilly reports.

News Story

Philly renters guaranteed lawyers in eviction court under new City Council bill

Jake Blumgart
WHYY (PA)
May 9, 2019
If Philadelphia Councilwoman Helen Gym has her way, many more renters facing eviction will be represented by a lawyer when they have their day in court.

News Story

Low-income tenants fighting eviction would get free legal help under City Council bill

Michael D’Onofrio
Philadelphia Tribune
May 9, 2019
The city is moving closer to paying the legal bills for low-income tenants facing eviction, much to the displeasure of landlords.

News Story

Proposed city council bill would give tenants facing eviction a free attorney

Jeff Blumenthal
Philadelphia Business Journal
May 9, 2019
The legislation was introduced Thursday in the wake of a November 2018 study that found that an annual investment of $3.5 million in legal representation would save the city $45.2 million.

News Story

Philly City Council gets bill that would guarantee right to lawyer for tenants facing eviction

Pat Loeb
KYW (local CBS, Philadelphia)
May 8, 2019
Philadelphia City Councilwoman Helen Gym plans to introduce a bill Thursday that would expand legal representation for tenants facing eviction.

News Story

Evictions costing Oklahoma

Phil Cross
KOKH-TV (Oklahoma City, OK)
March 25, 2019
“These are still human beings that are now being thrust out into society, somebody's got to help them,” Klinge said.

News Story

Philadelphia Sees Election Season Housing Push

Jared Brey
NextCity.org
March 19, 2019
A recent report commissioned by a Philadelphia Bar Association task force suggests that if Philadelphia invested $3.5 million a year in legal aid for tenants facing eviction, it could save $45.2 million in costs related to homelessness, court costs, and neighborhood and family instability.

News Story

Philadelphia City Council Proposes Low-Income Tenant Legal Defense Fund

Steve Lubetkin
GlobeSt.com
March 7, 2019
The new fund follows a bar association report estimating significant cost savings by providing access to counsel to low-income tenants facing eviction.

News Story

City Council embarks on new plan to reduce poverty

Michael D’Onofrio
Philadelphia Tribune
March 5, 2019
City Council intends to unveil a series of bills intended to reduce Philadelphia’s stubbornly high poverty rate and increase affordable housing security and options.

News Story

Study: Major Benefits Seen in Investing in Counsel for Low-Income Tenants Facing Eviction

Joseph Sullivan
Law.com
January 11, 2019
On Nov. 13, 2018, the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Civil Gideon and Access to Justice Task Force released a landmark cost-benefit study that addressed in detail the benefits to low-income tenants—and to the city of Philadelphia—of providing legal representation to tenants facing eviction in court proceedings.

Editorial

Fully funding eviction defense is the fiscally responsible thing to do

Philadelphia Inquirer
March 14, 2019
Housing issues go beyond how expensive it is to rent or buy in the city, but also how to provide more stability among homeowners and tenants in the places they currently occupy.



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