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Recognizing the critical need to ensure that everyone has access to the courts, regardless of immigration status, CLS has been working with the ICE Out of Courts Coalition—a group made up legal...
The following testimony was delivered by CLS attorney Nadia Hewka in front of the Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee on August 27, 2018. I’m here as an attorney who represents low...
CLS and our Philadelphia Eviction Prevention Project (PEPP) partners have just released six new videos to help tenants assert their rights and avoid eviction. You can watch them below or check...
A New Law Will Expand Clearing of Criminal Records in Pennsylvania A new law called "Clean Slate" will automatically seal many criminal cases, starting around July 2020.  Automatically...
Good News: DHS Started Issuing General Assistance Benefits on November 19, 2018! On July 18, 2018, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, in a unanimous decision, found that Act 80 of 2012 was enacted...
We are excited to release the Philly Eviction Prevention Project Tenant Resource Guide!  The PEPP Tenant Resource Guide contains information on housing resources, including where to go for...
What is Clean Slate? Clean Slate is a new Pennsylvania law that expands criminal record sealing to include more types of offenses, including some first-degree misdemeanors, which can be sealed by...
Communications is about delivering information to people, but it is also about delivering results. In this day and age, storytelling is vital. Storytelling can mean providing someone’s story with...
As part of the Clean Slate Clearinghouse, Community Legal Services put on a one day conference at NLADA's Equal Justice Conference in San Diego in May 2018.  The conference, titled "...
The federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has drafted changes to “public charge” rules.  If these rules take effect, it will be easier for immigration officials to deny some immigrants...