Current Cases & Projects

Representing Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club

We represented Fletcher Street as they worked with city officials and other stakeholders to find a new space that would serve the needs of their volunteers, the community they had built for decades, and their horses. 

Patterson v. Commonwealth

The Private Detective Act, a 1953 state law, bars anyone who has ever been convicted of any felony and a long list of misdemeanors from working in security for life, with no exceptions

Count every vote: Provisional ballots in Delaware County

We’re standing up for Pennsylvanians to make their voice heard, representing voters in Delaware County who were disenfranchised when the county board of elections rejected their provisional ballots.

Pittsburgh neighborhood organizations head to court to defend inclusionary zoning, affordable housing, and diverse neighborhoods

Pittsburgh is facing an escalating crisis in housing affordability. In response, the City passed an inclusionary zoning ordinance this spring. The Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh is seeking to block this law in federal court in a lawsuit filed May 12, 2022. Today, the people of Pittsburgh are fighting back. Organizations representing neighborhoods where housing costs are soaring filed a motion to intervene in the case and defend inclusionary zoning, affordable housing, and diverse communities.

Taking on Unlawful Restrictions on COVID-19 Emergency Relief for Business Owners with Criminal Records

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress passed the CARES Act, including provisions for the Small Business Administration (SBA) to issue $350 billion in loans and grants to aid small businesses. Aid was provided through two programs, the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans program. While the CARES Act passed by Congress […]

Auto body shops and quality of life in Southwest Philadelphia

Attention Southwest Philadelphia residents: Do you live close to an auto body shop or scrapyard? The Public Interest Law Center would like to learn more about how your quality of life is impacted by the large number of auto-related businesses in Southwest Philadelphia. You have the right to enjoy your home. Please call the Law […]

Protecting Our Right to Vote in 2020

Amid a once-a-century pandemic and a drumbeat of misinformation and threats from prominent national politicians, we have spent 2020 protecting the right to vote in Pennsylvania.

Taking on Gun Safety Preemption in Pennsylvania

An initiative of the Richard Berkman & Toni Seidl Health Care Justice Project. The plaintiffs in the action, the City of Philadelphia, residents who have lost family members to gun violence, and CeaseFirePA filed a lawsuit in state court that claims the Pennsylvania General Assembly handcuffs local governments so that they cannot enact or enforce […]

Philadelphia Federal Detention Center detainees file class action lawsuit demanding protection from COVID-19

An initiative of the Richard Berkman & Toni Seidl Health Care Justice Project. UPDATE July 8, 2021 — Prisoners in FDC Philadelphia have concluded their case. The agreement to end the case comes after the FDC has made COVID-19 vaccination freely available to all prisoners and staff and has agreed to show all prisoners a video […]

Know Your Rights as a Job Applicant with a Criminal Record in Pennsylvania

Your Rights When You’re Applying for a Job with a Criminal Record In Philadelphia The Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards Ordinance (“Ban the Box”) helps ensure that employers make hiring and other employment decisions based on work qualifications instead of a person’s criminal record. Under the ordinance, it is against the law for employers to […]