Law Center Updates

Michael Churchill’s Thaddeus Stevens Award Acceptance Speech

October 27, 2022 — Thank you Flora [Wolf]. I still remember first meeting Ned [Wolf] at the Bar Association’s reception for the new chancellor in January 1969 and he inviting me to assist pro bono on what became the Law Center’s first case, attacking concentrating public housing in one section of the city. It was […]

Remembering Judge Marilyn Heffley

The entire Public Interest Law Center community expresses its deep sadness at the untimely death of Judge Marilyn Heffley. Judge Heffley was a treasured board member of the Law Center for nearly 15 years, serving from 1997 until 2012. She was everything a non-profit board member should be: reliable, active and generous. Those of us […]

Board Members Speak Out: Robin Roberts on the PA School Funding Trial

This is the first entry in our “Board Members Speak Out” series, collecting stories and testimonials from members of our board of directors about why our work matters to them.  Robin Roberts is part of the leadership collective for Parents United for Public Education, a parent-led citywide organization in Philadelphia focused on engaging parents with […]

Brenda Marrero’s Acceptance Speech for the 2021 Sonia Sotomayor Award

On July 28, 2021 our Executive Director Brenda Marrero received the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Award from the Philadelphia Bar Association at the organization’s summer quarterly and reception. The award is given annually to honor strong commitment to promoting full and equal participation and inclusion in the legal profession. The Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award was […]

Brenda Marrero honored with the 2021 Justice Sonia Sotomayor Award from the Philadelphia Bar Association

On July 28, 2021 our Executive Director Brenda Marrero will receive the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Award from the Philadelphia Bar Association at the organization’s summer quarterly and reception. The award is given annually to honor strong commitment to promoting full and equal participation and inclusion in the legal profession. The Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award […]

Our Executive Director’s statement on the verdict in the trial over George Floyd’s death

Let’s not forget that we are living through a once in a generation moral reckoning with racism in this country, and today’s verdict is not an end to that reckoning. It is a step in the direction of justice.

Our statement on the murder of Asian-American massage parlor workers in Georgia

March 18, 2021 – The violent and hateful events in Georgia are heartbreaking, and their impact is felt across the country. The Public Interest Law Center embraces and stands with our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community as they confront yet another instance of senseless violence. We must not tolerate any acts of hate […]

Brenda Marrero honored with the 2021 La Justicia Award from the Hispanic Bar Association of PA

On Thursday, March 25, 2021, our Executive Director Brenda Marrero will be honored with the 20th Annual La Justicia award from the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania (HBA-PA), the organization’s highest honor. The award is given annually to recognize broad-based continuing commitment to community service, as reflected in a variety of programs and initiatives that […]

Councilmember Helen Gym introduces resolution honoring Jennifer Clarke for 15 years of Law Center leadership

On February 25, 2021, Philadelphia City Councilmember Helen Gym introduced a resolution “honoring and commending Jennifer R. Clarke for her 15-year tenure as the Executive Director of the Public Interest Law Center and her strategic, pioneering, and transformative work to expand access to justice that has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people […]

Brenda L. Marrero named Public Interest Law Center’s Executive Director

January 19, 2021—Today, following a nationwide search, the board of the directors of the Public Interest Law Center announced that Brenda L. Marrero will lead the organization as its next executive director. Marrero comes to the Law Center having spent her career as a public interest lawyer. After representing clients as a staff attorney in […]

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