A cancer diagnosis is life altering. For Jack, his diagnosis of stage IV cancer in his kidneys, colon and adrenal gland did not just mean he would have to go through treatment. It meant that he had to stop working and would lose his source of income. Now, at 56 years old and grappling with […]
On March 20 from 1 – 4 pm, LCD Executive Director Linda Peyton and representatives from other non-profit legal services agencies and human services organizations testified during a City Council Hearing on the Philly Eviction Crisis. Eviction, and eviction without legal representation, is at a crisis point in the City of Philadelphia. It has a particular impact on […]
At 25 years old, Caitlin had been through more than most people go through in their lifetime. She had been in a catastrophic car accident which claimed the lives of her fiancé and two of her four children. Following the accident, Caitlin suffered a traumatic brain injury, partial paralysis of her right arm, burns and […]
Maximizing the MLP Model
Without the Magee Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) and the commitment of LCD pro bono volunteer Lauren Ridley (pictured above with a client), associate at Morgan, Lewis and Bockius LLP, one young man with a spinal-cord injury might still be living with an uncertain future.
Tom receives services through Magee Rehabilitation Hospital’s Riverfront Outpatient Center […]
Sarah had just moved into her new home in the summer. When she moved into her apartment, it was in disrepair. As fall blew in, Sarah noticed that the heat was not working. Her landlord refused to fix the heat, and looked to put a small bandage on the situation by bringing in space heaters. […]
After nearly six years of working for LCD, staff attorney Sherry Thomas is making a big move in her career. In late January, Sherry will be moving to South Asia to work with International Justice Mission (IJM) for a year.
IJM is a faith-based organization that utilizes lawyers, law enforcement and social workers to work across developing nations to combat […]
Mother and daughter, Laura and Amanda are very close. Laura cares for all of her child’s needs and has for her whole life. Amanda, who is in her 50s, has special needs.
Laura, who is now in her 70s, has cared for Amanda in every way, including dressing, toileting, food preparation, and medication. She even makes […]
Navigating guardianship is complicated and requires the services of an attorney. For volunteer, Rick Schlegel, Assistant General Counsel of Exelon Corp., a personal investment in the topic helped him help others as a first time volunteer with LCD.
“I was already interested and invested in the subject of guardianship because of my daughter,” said Schlegel. “She has […]
Electricity. Light. Two things that many people in modern times in America take for granted. But for someone whose health depends on electricity, the lights not turning on can mean the difference between progress and a major health setback. Staff attorney Niki Ludt recently worked with a client who faced these challenges.
One of Niki’s clients […]
For Evan Barker, staff attorney, his summer was partially spent tirelessly coordinating housing for Margaret–a homeless woman who uses a cane for assistance and suffers from renal disease and respiratory problems. In July, after being a behavioral health client at the Stephen Klein Wellness Center she was referred to Evan at LCD’s on-site medical legal partnership.