Externship: Senior Law Center (Quaglia)
SeniorLAW Center (SLC) is a Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization that provides direct legal and educational services to over 10,000 Pennsylvania seniors each year in home ownership rights, tenant rights, elder abuse and financial exploitation victim services, kinship care and grandparents raising grandchildren, veterans’ issues and advance life planning.
The Tenant Rights Project externship offers students the opportunity to work on direct client representation, legal research, and systemic advocacy to protect the rights of Pennsylvania tenants. Students will be expected to attend landlord-tenant hearings at Municipal Court and assist SLC attorneys with client intake, help with preparation for court hearings, and research legal issues related to active cases. Students will interview tenants and draft letters to clients. Students may assist in drafting legislative testimony or other needed advocacy documents. Students will also attend meetings, briefings, and legislative hearings related to protection of tenant rights. The student will be expected to appear in person for court hearings on Thursday mornings and should ideally be able to work all day Thursday. All work will be done in person at the Senior Law Center.
The Pursuing Justice for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in Pennsylvania Project (“GRG”) externship offer students the opportunity to work on direct client representation, legal research and systemic advocacy to protect the rights of Grandparents (and other kin) raising children in Pennsylvania. The GRG Project statewide initiative poised to increase access to legal representation, education, and resources to older adults caring for children when the biological parents are absent. The externship will provide access to all aspects of litigation, from intake, advice/counsel, client management, case preparation and court appearances. Depending on the need, the student will engage in tasks such as legal research, client counseling, court representation, and document drafting. The extern will be expected to work approximately 12 hours a week in person at the SeniorLAW Center.
The Home Ownership Rights Team externship assists clients with legal issues involving probate, tangled title, foreclosure, and other related problems. The externship will offer one 2L or 3L student the opportunity to work on direct client representation, legal research, and systemic advocacy to protect the rights of Pennsylvania seniors. The extern will be expected to work approximately 12 hours per week, either 1 full day and ½ day OR three ½ days.
IN-PERSON BI-WEEKLY SEMINAR COURSE REQUIREMENT: Before the semester begins, students will receive an email to choose one of two seminar times and should plan their course and work schedules accordingly. Students may not switch the seminar day and time once they have committed to one of the options. The options are as follows:
Civil Externship Seminar The Civil Externship Seminar taught by Professor Kathryn Quaglia will meet beginning the week of January 22. Students will choose either Tuesday 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. or Wednesday 12 to 1 p.m.
Advanced Externship Seminar Students who have previously taken the Civil Externship Seminar with Professor Quaglia and who are registering for a second civil externship will take the Advanced Externship Seminar. The Advanced Externship Seminar will meet every other week beginning the week of January 16 and is offered on Tuesday 12-1 p.m. or Thursday 5:30-6:30 p.m. Note that a student may only take the Advanced Seminar if the student has previously taken the Civil Law Externship Seminar with Professor Quaglia and is registering for a second civil law externship.
Skills Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of the individual course skill; Demonstrate the ability to receive and implement feedback; Demonstrate an understanding of how and when the individual course skill is employed in practice.
Public Interest Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of the varied legal aspects of public interest law; Perform legal analysis in the context of public interest law; Communicate effectively on topics related to public interest law; Demonstrate an understanding of how public interest law is connected to and affected by a wide variety of legal and regulatory structures and doctrines.