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Pennsylvania Civil Law Practice

Join this practice area if you are a volunteer attorney, legal services advocate, law student or faculty member advising low income and disadvantaged clients. There are resources here to help you covering the broad spectrum of civil legal issues, including family law, facing low income residents of Pennsylvania. If you are already a member you can sign in by clicking the "Login" link to the left.

Welcome to the Pennsylvania Civil Law Practice Area

The Civil Law Practice area contains many resources designed to help advocates in their representation of needy clients.

To access or contribute resources, you must be an approved member of the community. To join the Civil Law Practice Area select Join this Area in the bar to the left.

You are eligible for membership in this area if you are a public interest attorney; a law school student or faculty member; or a private attorney actively engaged in pro bono work or willing to become actively involved in pro bono by accept a pro bono case within the next six months.

The Civil Law Practice Area contains:

  • News - Items and alerts on issues of interest to advocates representing low-income individuals.
  • Calendar - Listings of CLE Training Events and other events of interest. Events can be viewed by date, location or topic and members can add their own events to the calendar.
  • Cases - Listing of cases where you can volunteer to help in representing individuals and families in need of legal assistance.
  • Library - Resource materials to support you in your representation of clients in need of assistance. Resources include pleadings, briefs, legal reference materials, manuals and other training materials.
  • Discussions - Groups you can join to participate in e-mail discussions about issues relating to the representation of clients needing assistance.



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Pennsylvania Bar Association Sign Language Interpreter/CART Fund Available to Assist in Representation of Disabled Clients

The Pennsylvania Bar Association has established the Sign Language Interpreter/CART Fund (the fund) to reimburse attorneys who pay for sign language and/or CART interpreters to communicate with clients or potential clients who are deaf or hard of hearing.

While the fund is open to all members of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, it is intended primarily to benefit clients of small firms, solo practitioners, public interest firms and pro bono volunteers.

The fund will reimburse a member for up to $150 for sign language interpreter or CART fees per interpreter appointment, up to a maximum of two (2) appointments per quarter until the fund is exhausted.

To access the fund, a Pennsylvania Bar Association member shall pay the interpreter’s bill and mail or fax a copy of the bill to the Pennsylvania Bar Association with a signed copy of the certification to Louann Bell at:

Pennsylvania Bar Association
Legal Services to Persons with Disabilities Committee
P.O. Box 186
Harrisburg, Pa. 17018-0186
FAX: 717-238-7182

To determine if money remains in the fund or ask questions about the fund, please contact Louann Bell, staff liaison of the PBA Legal Services to Persons with Disabilities Committee at 800-932-0311, ext. 2276.

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