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Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project

  • Location:
    42 S. 15th St. Fourth Floor
    Philadelphia, PA 19102
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  • Phone: (215) 523-9511
  • Fax: (215) 981-3866

CBAP was created by a group of consumer and business bankruptcy lawyers, member of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference, Community Legal Services, Inc., and the Philadelphia BAR Association's VIP as a Pennsylvania non-profit organization.

Attorneys, paralegals, and law students volunteer through CBAP's Fresh Start Clinic to provide direct, pro bono legal representation to the indigent seeking to obtain the protection of Bankruptcy Court.

Through the Fresh Start Clinic, CBAP trains attorneys, law students, and paralegal who provide direct representation to clients in chapter 7 bankruptcy. After volunteers attend a training clinic taught by an experienced bankruptcy practitioner, volunteers handle their case from the initial interview to the final discharge.

  • County(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Philadelphia
  • Area of law: Debt/Credit/Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankrupcy
  • Populations Served: Low Income, Working poor and unemployed
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: Yes
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: Yes
  • Training / Supervision Comments: CBAP holds comprehensive trainings on chapter 7 bankruptcy law every other month. Trainings are for CLE credit. After each training, participants are referred three client cases from CBAP’s backlog of cases and matched with a mentor attorney who will be available for questions and to review all documents before filing in Bankruptcy Court.
  • CLE credit for pro bono: No
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: No
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: No
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