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March 30, 2001

Center City Law Fair Features Free Legal Advice, Childrens' Programs

Philadelphia-area residents will receive free legal advice and participate in special services for children, during a Law Fair at the Shops at Liberty Place, 1625 Chestnut St., today from noon to 2 p.m. The Law Fair is part of the eight-day celebration of Law Week 2001, sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Volunteer lawyers will offer free and confidential legal advice to shoppers in the Atrium of the Shops at Liberty Place. Shoppers can receive answers to legal questions on a broad range of topics, including landlord/tenant law, divorce and child custody matters, wills and estate planning, real estate law and employment law.

In conjunction with the theme of Law Week 2001, "Promoting the Best Interests of Children," the Law Fair will feature two programs for children. Lawyers will prepare free kids' identification cards for parents who bring their young children to the Law Fair, as part of the Kid ID Program. Photos will be taken of the children, at no charge, and parents can use the ID cards in the event of an emergency. Additionally, the YWCA will join the Bar Association in co-sponsoring a Children's Insurance Program, through which parents with low incomes can receive information about free health care services for which their children may be eligible. Law Week 2001, which runs Saturday, April 28 through Saturday, May 5, is one of the most ambitious public outreach efforts of its type in the nation, reaching out to thousands of citizens. Throughout the week, volunteer Philadelphia lawyers will span out across the city, visiting with children in classrooms, welcoming new American citizens, inviting inner-city students into their offices, and much more. All of the Law Week activities are under the direction of Association Chancellor-Elect Allan H. Gordon and are coordinated by YLD Law Week co-chairs Marla A. Joseph and Melissa A. Schwartz.

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