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



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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What Philadephia Could Gain from Expanding Legal Aid for Tenants

Jared Brey
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.

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Philly Sees New Push To Provide Attys For Poor Tenants

RJ Vogt
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.

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

J. Brian Charles
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.


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.

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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.

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

Karim Doumar
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.


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.


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.


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.

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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.

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

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

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