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Private attorneys help expand access to justice through Litigation Partnership

Thank you to Tom Glancy of Belsky, Weinberg & Horowitz!

July 31, 2014: We are so grateful to the many private attorneys who help expand the Public Justice Center’s capacity to take on new litigation through our Litigation Partnership. The Litigation Partnership helps us take on tough issues, from ensuring that low-wage workers are fully paid for their work to making sure that people don’t have to wait months to receive public benefits. Most recently, PJC board president Tom Glancy of Belsky, Weinberg & Horowitz served as co-counsel with us to defend the rights of tenants. As described in the family’s complaint, Kimberly Orellana repeatedly asked Cherry Hill Apartments and the Maryland Management Company to address persistent leaks, standing water and mold growth in the apartment where she lived with her husband Raul and two small children, but the source of the problem was never addressed. According to the complaint, following the Orellanas’ requests and a subsequent rent escrow hearing, the apartment complex and management company retaliated by illegally locking the family out of the apartment, making them homeless. We thank Tom and Belsky, Weinberg & Horowitz for litigating the case and working with us to negotiate a settlement for the Orellanas, which will help the Orellanas get back on their feet. We also thank Tom and his firm for donating their attorney’s fees to the PJC. Their donation will help us to continue to work for tenants’ rights to safe and stable housing. Read more about the Litigation Partnership.
 
So how does the Litigation Partnership work? Participants receive occasional emails identifying specific projects on which the PJC would like assistance, whether it is to co-counsel a case, to sort out whether there really is a case that can be brought, to brainstorm ideas on how to find the best client, or to seek the wise counsel of experienced practitioners on specific issues that arise in our litigation. Participants can offer to co-counsel, contribute legal theories, useful case citations, or introductions to people or organizations who might help find the best client, or introduce us to another lawyer or firm that would be potential co-counsel. If you would like to participate in the Litigation Partnership, please contact PJC Legal Director Debra Gardner at gardnerd@publicjustice.org


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