Pamela Walz is the Co-Director of the Aging and Disabilities Unit at CLS. Ms. Walz’s practice includes representation of low-income elderly clients in matters involving nursing home and personal care home residents’ rights, access to home and community based long term care services, public benefits and surrogate decision-making, as well as administrative and legislative advocacy, community education and outreach, and attorney and staff supervision. Ms. Walz served as a staff attorney and supervising attorney in the Public Benefits unit at the North Philadelphia office of Community Legal Services Inc. from 1989 until 1996.
Aside from her work at CLS, Ms. Walz is a former adjunct faculty member of the James Beasley School of Law at Temple University, where she taught Legal Research & Writing. She was also a guest lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Work, where she taught a graduate seminar in Welfare Law in 1997.
Ms. Walz has been a member of the Coalition for Personal Care Home Reform (a statewide coalition of advocacy groups which advocates with state agencies and the legislature for stronger standards and regulation of personal care homes) for nearly ten years, helping to achieve stronger licensing standards and more effective licensing enforcement for personal care homes, which house very vulnerable older adults and people with disabilities. Ms. Walz also serves on the Mental Health Advisory Committee of the Disability Rights Network (formerly Pennsylvania Protection and Advocacy).
She previously traveled all over the country as a trainer on nursing home law for the AARP National Training Project. She also previously served on the Pennsylvania Intra-Government Council on Long term Care’s Assisted Living Work Group and the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Advisory committee on Personal Care Homes.
In 2012, Ms. Walz received the PLAN Excellence Award, presented by the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network. She also received the Spirit of CARIE Award in 2011, presented by CARIE. In 2007, Ms. Walz earned the Equal Justice Award from CLS for her outstanding work.