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Phone: 412-255-6700
928 Penn Avenue
Pennsylvania 15222

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Target demographics: Low-income families, individuals and elderly people who have a civil legal issue which is affecting their basic needs such as housing, employment and safety.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 21,501 clients were served in the last fiscal year.

Geographic areas served: Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, and Lawrence counties in Southwest Pennsylvania


Older & Wiser – a unique partnership among NLSA, corporations, Southwestern Pennsylvania legislators, and the private bar to provide free legal seminars on topics of interest to the elderly, their families, and caregivers. The program was developed in 2003 by NLSA and to date, approximately 3,000 individuals have attended these seminars co-sponsored by over 50 legislators.
In 2010, NLSA's Older&Wiser Program was selected as the recipient of the Emil Gumpert Award by the American College of Trial Lawyers.

The mission of Neighborhood Legal Services Association is to meet the civil legal needs of the poor and vulnerable in our community through effective legal represenation and education.
Neighborhood Legal Services Association (NLSA) was established in 1966 as a non-profit, public interest law firm to provide civil legal assistance to poor and vulnerable residents of Allegheny (and later) Beaver, Butler and Lawrence Counties. The mission of Neighborhood Legal Services Association is to meet the civil legal needs of the poor and vulnerable in our community through effective legal representation and education. 

Staffed by highly qualified lawyers, deeply committed to the practice of poverty law, NLSA attorneys sacrifice higher salaries available to private practitioners and lawyers employed in the public sector in order to provide legal assistance to people who cannot afford a lawyer.

All of the cases that NLSA handles have reached a crisis stage that threatens the fundamental safety and security of low-income individuals living in our community. These issues involve the basic essentials of life such as: the ability to maintain housing; obtaining or maintaining essential benefits to the disabled and children; employment practices; child custody and visitation issues; and protection from abuse and neglect.  Although NLSA typically works case by case, its positive impact is cumulative. Generally, legal assistance for one person improves the lives of entire families. When families live in adequate housing, with essential benefits intact, predatory lenders at bay, and fear of domestic violence reduced or eliminated, communities are stabilized -- benefiting to our entire region.

NLSA is the major provider of free civil legal services to low-income, elderly, and abused individuals in our four-county service area. Over the past forty-three years, NLSA has provided civil legal services to nearly 825,000 clients who would otherwise have been denied access to the justice system. With only 28 lawyers to handle over 12,000 cases a year, NLSA also relies on the collaboration of 400 attorney members from the private bar to supplement monetary and human resources. NLSA is governed by an active, supportive, and generous Board of Directors
In the last fiscal year (July 1, 2006-June 30, 2007), NLSA attorneys handled 12,051 cases and utilized the pro bono services of 307 private attorneys to handle 1,630 pro bono cases.

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