The Legal Clinic for the Disabled (LCD) provides free high-quality legal services to low-income people with physical disabilities and to the deaf and hard of hearing in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties, Pennsylvania.
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LCD attorneys and their healthcare partners from the The Family Practice and Counseling Network presented a panel on medical-legal partnership at the annual conference of the National Nursing Centers Consortium in Alexandria, VA. The panel, which explored the integration of legal services into a primary care setting, was moderated by Ellen Lawton of the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership.
Hosted by John Ralston, BuxMont Live is a weekly radio magazine featuring interviews with representatives from local non-profits and community leaders, and highlighting special events in Bucks and Montgomery counties. On Saturday, May 24, Board member Beth Freeman and Staff Attorney Tomas Bednar went on the program to talk about who we are at LCD and the great work that we do, highlighting our MLP sites and CLOC clinics.
On April 17, 2014, staff attorney Brandon Kuykendall conducted a Planning Document Clinic for clients at Associated Services for the Blind in Philadelphia (ASB). Volunteer attorneys from Cozen O'Connor were on hand to meet with clients and complete last wills, powers of attorney, and living wills for them same-day.
On Saturday, May 3rd, staff attorneys Theresa Brabson and Tomas Bednar and board member Beth Freeman attended a luncheon for the Acquired Brain Injury Network of Pennsylvania, where LCD was presented with an award for our service to the brain injury community. LCD is thankful for the recognition and committed to continuing to provide quality legal help within the brain injury community of the Greater Philadelphia region!
Dechert LLP has partnered with LCD to provide volunteer attorneys to take pro bono planning document cases from the Hahnemann MLP. Staff Attorney Tomas Bednar ran a 2-hour training with volunteer attorneys from Dechert LLP on an introduction to Medical-Legal Partnerships and on Execution of Advance Planning Documents.
We were assisting Mary with a custody matter when she came to us for help defending a bogus PFA petition filed against her by the father and father's wife in Chester county, in an effort circumvent a standing custody order from Delaware county. LCD represented the client at the combined PFA hearing. LCD successfully argued for father's petition to be dismissed, and agreed to a 4 month cooling off period for the wife's PFA, to be dismissed with no further incident. As a result, the Delaware custody order was recognized as controlling, and Mary was able to leave the courthouse with her daughter in her arms. read more >