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Uptown Legal Clinic

A Project of the Allegheny County Bar Association/Foundation
The Uptown Legal Clinic (“Clinic”) provides legal services to low income individuals with legal issues pertaining to family law, consumer protection, disability benefits, elderly, employment, housing and other similar civil issues. Many of the Clinic’s client referrals come through local social organizations, but the Clinic is open to all clients who meet its eligibility requirements. To request an application for the Clinic, please call 412-391-1348 x190.

Public Contact/Info:       

Aleta Barnett, Service Coordinator
Bethlehem Haven
905 Watson Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
412-391-1348 x138
412-281-4645 (fax)
abarnett@bethlehemhaven.org

Client eligibility:

(1) The legal problem must be within the scope of legal matters handled by the Clinic as determined by the Clinic coordinators; and (2) The client’s household income may not exceed 200% of the current federal poverty guidelines as set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

Practice Areas: 

Children and Families
Consumer
Elderly
Employment
General Legal Services
Housing
Public Benefits

Type of service:

Volunteer attorneys offer legal counseling services at the Clinic and, on occasion, may choose to assist a client following the Clinic.  Clients scheduled for the Clinic are told that there is no guarantee that a volunteer attorney will undertake representation of a client in any particular matter. 

Current needs:

Ongoing need for licensed attorneys who are members of the Allegheny County Bar Association. 

Time required: 

The Clinic is held at Bethlehem Haven (downtown Pittsburgh) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month (except November.)  Typically, attorneys on the Clinic volunteer roster are scheduled for the Clinic once or twice a year.  If a volunteer is not available for a scheduled Clinic, it is the attorney’s responsibility to contact the Clinic’s volunteer coordinator, Benjamin Orsatti, so that another volunteer may be contacted. 

Training:

Volunteer attorneys are not required to have any particular experience, except a willingness to provide pro bono services.  Of course, experience in one of the Clinic’s specified practice areas is helpful. 

How to volunteer:

Call Benjamin Orsatti at 412-471-9000 x128 or email at borsatti@pbkg.net.

Contact:

This project was created by the ACBA Public Service Committee and is managed by Clinic co-coordinators Jane Charlton (ljanecharlton@gmail.com), Barbara Payne (BarbaraPayne@pacses.com) and Benjamin Orsatti (borsatti@pbkg.net.)  Interested attorneys should contact Benjamin Orsatti at 412-471-9000 x128 or email at borsatti@pbkg.net.