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Programs that provide assistance in the form of advocacy, arbitration, class action litigation, legal counseling, legal representation, mediation, paralegal counseling, self-representation assistance and/or court watching which focus on a particular area of law.

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Service NameDescriptionLocationProgramAgency
Allegheny County Bar Foundation, Pro Bono CenterThe Pro Bono Center helps eligible low-income residents of Allegheny County to find free legal services through Pro Bono Center member projects and organizations. AlleghenyAllegheny County Bar Foundation, Pro Bono CenterAllegheny County Bar Association
Allegheny County Bar Foundation - South Hills Legal ClinicProvides advice to individuals and families who are in need of various legal services. AlleghenyAllegheny County Bar Association Lawyer ReferralAllegheny County Bar Association
Allegheny County Family Court Pro Se ProgramSelf-Represented Litigants, or parties choosing to access the court on their own behalf or without an attorney, may utilize the services of the Self-Help Center (SHC). The SHC is located on the first floor of the Family Law Center and is open every day court is open beginning at 8:30 am. The last client is seen at 3:30pm. The SHC offers options counseling, with a court employed Options Counselor, as well as referral to the Legal Advice Clinic. Options Counselors will provide a party with procedural information regarding his/her case in order to allow the party to determine how he/she would like to proceed. Options Counselors will not provide legal advice or instruct a party as to what he/she should do. Any Self-Represented Litigant may utilize the services of the Options Counselor regardless of income. The Legal Advice Clinic is staffed by volunteer attorneys from the Allegheny County Bar Association and law students from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Duquesne University School of Law. The Legal Advice Clinic offers legal counseling and advice to parties that meet the financial eligibility guidelines and are referred by the Self-Help Center. Parties that do not meet the financial eligibility guidelines may still utilize the services of the Options Counselor.AlleghenyAllegheny County Family Court Pro Se ProgramUnified Judicial System of Pennsylvania
Duquesne University School of Law, Tribone Center for Clinical Legal Education -Civil Rights ClinicDuquesne University School of Law's Civil Rights Clinic is a year-long in-house clinic that engages in civil rights litigation and advocacy. Students participate in weekly training sessions addressing the applicable substantive and procedural law. Beyond the classroom, students are trained in case intake and interviewing, client counseling, fact investigation, case analysis, negotiation, research, and drafting of complaints and documents. A leading referral source for cases is the Pittsburgh Chapter of the NAACP. In this innovative partnership, NAACP staff and volunteers work with the clinic students and the supervising attorneys to create a comprehensive intake and referral system for civil rights and other legal complaints. Students prepare and conduct training sessions for the NAACP on the application of a refined and systematized intake and referral process. Any potentially viable civil rights complaints identified through this process will be referred to the CBR Clinic or when necessary to other appropriate sources for assistance. The civil rights clinic works with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations and the Pittsburgh chapter of the NAACP on matters involving employment, housing and public accommodation discrimination, and civil rights advocacy.AlleghenyDuquesne University School of Law, Tribone Center for Clinical Legal EducationDuquesne University
Duquesne University School of Law, Tribone Center for Clinical Legal Education - Family Law ClinicStudents in the Family Law Clinic work under the supervision of a family law attorney to represent income-qualified clients with cases involving domestic abuse, divorce settlement, child support, and child custody. Students have opportunities to fully engage in client representation under Pennsylvania's student practice rules in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County. The clinic provides live-client experiences and teaches students the skills of interviewing, counseling, negotiation, drafting pleadings, and advocating before the court. The Family Law Clinic assists income-qualified clients with cases involving domestic abuse, divorce settlement, conservtorships, child support, and child custody, among other family law issues.AlleghenyDuquesne University School of Law, Tribone Center for Clinical Legal EducationDuquesne University
Duquesne University School of Law, Tribone Center for Clinical Legal Education - Federal Litigation ClinicThe Education Law Clinic provides legal services to assist youths in navigating school disciplinary, suspension, and expulsion hearings as well as alternative education placements. Referrals cone from family court as well as the Juvenile Defender Clinic.AlleghenyDuquesne University School of Law, Tribone Center for Clinical Legal EducationDuquesne University
Duquesne University School of Law, Tribone Center for Clinical Legal Education - Unemployment Compensation ClinicThe Unemployment Compensation Clinic focuses on unemployment compensation matters for low-income clients. Students receive valuable training in litigation skills for direct application in their representation of unemployment compensation clients. Each unemployment compensation case gives students experience in client interviewing, case preparation, direct and cross-examination, application of the rules of evidence, and oral presentation before a referee. All students represent multiple clients over the course of the clinic and therefore have the opportunity to develop and hone their trial advocacy skills. The Unemployment Compensation Clinic assists low-income clients with unemployment compensation matters including voluntary quit, willful misconduct, overpayment, offsets, seasonal work and eligibility issues.AlleghenyDuquesne University School of Law, Tribone Center for Clinical Legal EducationDuquesne University
Duquesne University School of Law, Tribone Center for Clinical Legal Education - Veterans ClinicThe Veterans Clinic assists veterans charged with non-violent offenses adjudicated through the Allegheny County Veterans Court program. The students prepare and present cases for disposition in the Court of Common Pleas and stay in touch with veterans to ensure they are following court-ordered substance abuse or mental health treatment plans offered as alternatives to incarceration. The program is one of the first criminal law veterans clinics in the country.AlleghenyDuquesne University School of Law, Tribone Center for Clinical Legal EducationDuquesne University
Huntingdon-Bedford-Fulton Area Agency on Aging Legal ServicesProgram that provides assistance in the form of advocacy, arbitration, class action litigation, legal counseling, legal representation, mediation, paralegal counseling, self-representation assistance and/or court watching which focus on a particular area of law.BedfordHuntingdon-Bedford-Fulton Area Agency on Aging Bedford OfficeHuntingdon-Bedford-Fulton Area Agency on Aging
Legal ServiceLegal services for initial legal advice; will preparation for poverty level persons.PerryPerry County Area Agency on AgingPerry County Office of Aging
Legal ServicesAssistance with simple civil legal matters which are not considered to be fee generating.DauphinDauphin County Area Agency on AgingDauphin County Area Agency on Aging
Neighborhood Legal Services Association - AlleghenyNeighborhood Legal Services Association (NLSA) provides free civil legal services to low income individuals and families without the means to hire a private attorney. Provides representation to survivors of domestic violence in Protection from Abuse proceedings. May provide direct representation, advice, assistance in self-representation, brief service/limited legal assistance or referral to a private attorney (including free and reduced-fee), depending on case. Provides community education on legal topics. Free interpretation services are provided to those with limited English abilities and the hearing-impaired. While NLSA does not provide assistance with Veterans' Benefits, they can provide legal assistance to eligible veterans who are having problems with their housing, utilities, or other issues within NLSA's priorities. Please contact the Veterans Leadership Program to obtain a referral.AlleghenyNeighborhood Legal Services AssociationNeighborhood Legal Services Association
Neighborhood Legal Services Association - BeaverNeighborhood Legal Services Association (NLSA) provides free civil legal services to low income individuals and families without the means to hire a private attorney. May provide direct representation, advice, assistance in self-representation, brief service/limited legal assistance or referral to a private attorney (including free and reduced-fee), depending on case. Provides community education on legal topics. Free interpretation services are provided to those with limited English abilities and the hearing-impaired. While NLSA does not provide assistance with Veterans' Benefits, we can provide legal assistance to eligible veterans who are having problems with their housing, utilities, or other issues within NLSA's priorities. Please contact the Veterans Leadership Program to obtain a referral.BeaverNeighborhood Legal Services AssociationNeighborhood Legal Services Association
Neighborhood Legal Services Association - ButlerNeighborhood Legal Services Association (NLSA) provides free civil legal services to low income individuals and families without the means to hire a private attorney. May provide direct representation, advice, assistance in self-representation, brief service/limited legal assistance or referral to a private attorney (including free and reduced-fee), depending on case. Provides community education on legal topics. Free interpretation services are provided to those with limited English abilities and the hearing-impaired. While NLSA does not provide assistance with Veterans' Benefits, we can provide legal assistance to eligible veterans who are having problems with their housing, utilities, or other issues within NLSA's priorities. Please contact the Veterans Leadership Program to obtain a referral.ButlerNeighborhood Legal Services AssociationNeighborhood Legal Services Association
Neighborhood Legal Services Association - LawrenceNeighborhood Legal Services Association (NLSA) provides free civil legal services to low income individuals and families without the means to hire a private attorney. May provide direct representation, advice, assistance in self-representation, brief service/limited legal assistance or referral to a private attorney (including free and reduced-fee), depending on case. Provides community education on legal topics. Free interpretation services are provided to those with limited English abilities and the hearing-impaired. While NLSA does not provide assistance with Veterans' Benefits, we can provide legal assistance to eligible veterans who are having problems with their housing, utilities, or other issues within NLSA's priorities. Please contact the Veterans Leadership Program to obtain a referral.LawrenceNeighborhood Legal Services AssociationNeighborhood Legal Services Association
Pennsylvania Farmworker ProjectThe PFP provides legal assistance to low-income migrant and seasonal farmworkers in all countries of Pennsylvania. The PFP represents farmworkers in employment-related cases, such as minimum wage/wage payment violations, unsafe working conditions or living conditions, employment discrimination, discrimination and or retaliation relating to a farmworker excercising his/her legal rights and any other violations of federal or state law relating to farmowrok. The PFP also provides community education on taxpayer rights and responsibilities.PhiladelphiaPennsylvania Farmworker Project of Philadelphia Legal AssistancePennsylvania Farmworker Project of Philadelphia Legal Assistance
Public Defenders Office - Erie County Law office for public defenseEriePublic Defenders Office - Erie County Public Defenders Office - Erie County
Referral Services for Civil Legal MattersReferral services for simple civil legal matters which are not considered to be fee generating.DauphinNorthern Dauphin Human Services Center Agency on AgingDauphin County Area Agency on Aging
University of Pittsburgh School of Law - Elder Law ClinicStudents provide free legal services to low-income older adults (aged 60+) and/or clients’ family members. Services focus on advance planning for incapacity (including Powers of Attorney and Living Wills), simple estate planning, guardianship and related matters, Medical Assistance for long term care, settlement of estates with limited assets/small estates, and grand-parenting issues. Students also provide community presentations on elder law issues.AlleghenyUniversity of Pittsburgh School of LawUniversity of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh School of Law - Environmental Law ClinicWorking largely in the areas of water quality, water rights, mining, solid waste disposal, and land use, the Environmental Law Clinic represents low-income clients in matters ranging from legislative drafting to litigation to client counseling.AlleghenyUniversity of Pittsburgh School of LawUniversity of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh School of Law - Family Law ClinicThe Family Law clinic assists indigent pro se litigants with family-law issues primarily involving custody, child support, and paternity, as well as secondary family-law issues.AlleghenyUniversity of Pittsburgh School of LawUniversity of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh School of Law - Health Law ClinicUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Law Health Law Clinic serves low-income individuals with health-related legal problems, including ones that prevent them from working and/or result in their losing access to health care.AlleghenyUniversity of Pittsburgh School of LawUniversity of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh School of Law - Immigration Law ClinicClinic personnel specialize in serving immigrants in removal proceedings and asylum cases, as well as survivors of domestic violence. Clinic students represent immigrants requesting asylum, facing removal from the United States, and seeking special protection under the Violence Against Women Act. Students also help clients to overcome linguistic and cultural barriers that could impede their success in the U.S. legal system.AlleghenyUniversity of Pittsburgh School of LawUniversity of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh School of Law - Taxpayer ClinicThe clinic gives free legal help to persons, based upon their level of income, who have federal income tax problems or need federal income tax advice. Dealing with the clinic will not affect taxpayers’ rights before the IRS. The clinic provides free advice and assistance for:
  • Income tax returns being examined by the IRS;
  • IRS tax-collection problems;
  • Tax cases pending before the United States Tax Court.
Working under the supervision of experienced tax attorneys, the clinic’s students assist in all aspects of delivering legal services to low-income taxpayers in disputes with the IRS. Students engage in interviewing, counseling, research, drafting, and negotiation with the IRS calendar and the disposition of the cases taken. In addition to working with clients, students meet for weekly case-review sessions.
AlleghenyUniversity of Pittsburgh School of LawUniversity of Pittsburgh
Veterans Advocates GroupVeterans Advocates Group is a group of VA Accredited Agents that exclusively represents disabled veterans and their dependents seeking compensation/pension benefits. Veterans Advocates Group is owned by two VA Accredited Claims Agents that are also disabled Veterans. They focus exclusively on Veterans disability claims. They are located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but represent Veteran’s and their families worldwide. They understand how frustrating it is to go through the compensation/pension process because they themselves have already gone through the VA system They offer representation to veterans and their dependents at the Regional Office (RO) level and the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA) level of the VA administrative process. AlleghenyVeterans Advocates GroupVeterans Advocates Group

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