Delivery of Legal Services Committee

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  • The Public Interest Section's 25th Anniversary Celebration and Public Interest Law Day

    Public Inteterst 25 year anniversary image On Thursday, December 8th, the Delivery of Legal Services Committee of the Public Interest Section will host the 2016 Public Interest Law Day, a CLE Program from 9:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., at Montgomery McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP, 123 South Broad Street. The CLE program will feature panel discussions on hot topics and cutting edge issues affecting the public interest and pro bono legal community. A total of 6 CLE credits, including substantive and ethics credits depending on the sessions attended, can be earned through this program. Both public interest and non-public interest attorneys can benefit from these substantive discussions. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. Lunch will be provided. Register here. Below is a detailed schedule of the day's training programs:

    • 9:45 - 11:15 a.m. Opening Plenary: Community Lawyering in Philadelphia: Exploring the Role of Lawyers in Building Stronger Movements for Social Change, 1.5 SUB
    • 11:15 - 11:30 a.m. Break
    • 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions (choose one):
    • (A) Trauma-Informed Representation - 1.5 SUB,
    • (B) School Funding?Paths to Equity - 1.5 SUB,
    • (C) Whoops! How Do I Fix That - Lessons Learned in the Trenches - 1.0 ETH/0.5 SUB
    • 1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Lunch (Included for ALL)
    • 1:45 - 3:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions (choose one):
    • (D) Protecting Low-Income Tenants: The Role of the Public Interest Legal Community - 1.5 SUB
    • (E) Working with Transgender Clients: Understanding Your Ethical Responsibility to Cultural Competence - 1.5 ETH
    • (F) Maximizing Professional Relationships: Effective Mentoring Relationships, Supervising Relationships, and Diversity Development - 1.0 ETH/0.5 SUB
    • 3:15 - 3:30 p.m. Break
    • 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Closing Plenary: A Dialogue about the Role of Race and Racial Justice in our Work, 1.5 SUB

    Immediately following the CLE Program, join us in celebrating the Public Interest Section's 25th Anniversary at its Annual Awards Ceremony and Reception, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at the DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City, 237 S. Broad Street. Register here. The Awards Ceremony will feature the presentation of the Honorable Louis H. Pollak Award and the Andrew Hamilton Award, followed by a cocktail party and reception.

    Join us for a day and evening that celebrates a quarter century of bringing together Philadelphia's vibrant public interest community and those who support it!


Anita Santos-Singh
Philadelphia Legal Assistance
718 Arch Street
Suite 300N
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 981-3808

Joseph A. Sullivan
Pepper Hamilton LLP
3000 Two Logan Square
Eighteenth and Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 981-4304


The Delivery of Legal Services Committee (DLSC) was formed in 1977 as a standing Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association. In 1994, the Philadelphia Bar Association, in its by-laws, charged the newly created Public Interest Section with "promot[ing] the interests of the members who address the legal needs and rights of the poor, minorities, victims of abuse, persons with disabilities, the homeless and other disadvantaged populations." The section was to provide a "forum for the Bar to work together on issues of mutual concern that affect the public interest… and to educate and involve the entire Bar in issues affecting the public interest." In order to accomplish this, the by-laws required that there be three standing committees of the Public Interest Section: "a Civil Rights Committee, a Delivery of Legal Services Committee, and a Women's Rights Committee," in addition to other committees created by the Section. Thus the Delivery of Legal Services Committee, in its current form, was born.

The DLSC consists of a wide cross section of leaders from all sectors of the legal community who come together regularly in an effort to identify, and provide for, the civil legal needs of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of the Philadelphia community. The Committee includes executive directors from over thirty nonprofit public interest law firms as well as representatives from Philadelphia-area law schools operating public interest clinical programs, leaders of the Bar Association and the private bar, foundation directors and others committed to expanding equal access to justice.

The Committee's goals include creating and expanding legal services for the poor; improving the quality of those services; developing and providing continuing legal education for public interest lawyers; sharing and expanding the collective knowledge of experts in various areas of public interest law; raising public awareness of legal and social issues affecting the poor and disadvantaged; and leveraging the work of public interest law firms by forging partnerships with the private bar to expand delivery of legal services to those in need.

The DLSC's Directory of Public Interest Legal Organizations contains information about each of the participating organizations, and reflects their diverse talents and collective expertise to expand individual access to the courts and highlight issues broader than the focus of their individual agencies.

In short, the DLSC is a unique Committee of extraordinary individuals who take the time, in addition to fulfilling their own daily public interest obligations, to come together to address projects in the public interest. Such collaboration not only vastly improves the delivery of legal services to Philadelphia's poorest community, but also has created a culture of inclusion within the Philadelphia Bar Association regarding issues that affect and concern the poor. As the largest Bar Association team of public interest and private lawyers working to improve justice in Philadelphia, DLSC epitomizes the fulfillment of the Philadelphia Bar Association's mission to serve both the profession and the public by promoting equal access to justice, professional excellence and respect for the rule of law.