Available Cases

VIP offers the unique opportunity to positively affect the lives of low income Philadelphia residents. We provide resources to assist you throughout the case, including mentors, interpreters, law students and training materials. VIP has included potential core competencies that staff anticipate volunteer counsel would achieve by taking the case, but these experiences are not guaranteed. Every VIP case provides an opportunity for direct client contact and case management. Join the VIP team by taking a case!

If you are interested in taking one of the following cases, please click on the case number to send an email to the VIP staff. Thank you!

Incorporation

  • 14-0035843
    Nonprofit/Incorporation

    Client is a small, nonprofit organization dedicated to a mission of sharing Catholic, faith-based services through education and contributions to other organizations. Client has been operating for many years, but is only now initiating the process of forming a legal entity. Therefore, they require the assistance of a volunteer attorney with incorporating, filing for tax-exempt status and advising them on any implications of having been operating without a legal structure.
    Core competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Analysis of Statutes

  • 14-0035869
    Small Business/Incorporation

    Client is a chef/artist in the North West Philadelphia with a start-up café and food co-op. Client offers and produces fresh, organic, gluten & lactose free products at affordable price points for a clientele that is normally “priced out” for similar products. Client is seeking assistance in forming an LLC and/or becoming a certified B-corporation for Philadelphia tax purposes.
    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice, Analysis of Statutes

Intellectual Property

  • 14-0036039
    Small Business/Intellectual Property

    Client is a small business owner in North Philadelphia with a start-up home health care agency. Client is in the process of creating a website and needs the assistance of a volunteer attorney with protecting her intellectual property, particularly the logo for her business.
    Core competencies: Administrative Agency Practice

  • 14-0036195
    Nonprofit/Intellectual Property

    Client is a nonprofit focused on meeting the needs of women and children impacted by domestic violence. Client provides community education, assists victims develop important independent life skills, and provides assistance in navigating resources available to victims. Client also specializes in art therapy to help survivors cope with traumatic life events. Client needs assistance in copyrighting their logo, website, and printed materials.
    Core Competencies: Administrative Agency Practice

  • 14-0036213
    Small Business/Intellectual Property

    14-0036213
    Client is an entrepreneur who obtained a provisional patent for a frozen novelty snack. Client needs the assistance of a volunteer attorney with filing a non-provisional patent for the novelty snack. Client is of limited means at the moment as a student and only seeks assistance with obtaining proper legal protections as he gets his company off the ground.
    Core competencies: Administrative Agency Practice

  • 14-0036236
    Small Business/Intellectual Property

    Client is a chef/artist in the North West Philadelphia with a start-up café and food co-op. Client needs the assistance of a volunteer attorney with investigating and possibly filing a provisional patent for a novelty snack. Client also needs assistance in copyrighting their name and logo.
    Core Competencies: Factual Development and Investigation, Administrative Agency Practice

Landlord/Tenant

  • 14-0036196
    Nonprofit/Landlord/Tenant

    Client is a nonprofit service that helps former foster care children develop life and career skills necessary to succeed in adulthood. Client does this by providing job training and employment through a coffee shop, the proceeds of which help sustain its work. In addition to the job training, Client supplements this work with on-site mentoring and other skills-based workshops. Client is currently in the process of searching for a new location and will need assistance drafting and reviewing a future commercial lease agreement.
    Core Competencies: Drafting

Name Change

  • 14-0035506

    Client lost his birth certificate and social security card. The birth certificate has his mother’s maiden name. His social security card was issued with his mother’s married last name when he was one year old. He was able to obtain a new birth certificate, but has been denied a social security card because the last names are different. Client also has not been able to obtain an identification card, which has made it difficult to apply for higher education and benefits.  Client needs assistance with changing the name on his birth certificate.

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Factual Investigation

  • 14-0035161
    Delayed Birth Certificate

    Client, who was born in South Carolina, needs assistance obtaining a delayed birth certificate.  When client requested a copy of his birth certificate he learned that his birth was never recorded.  Client needs assistance obtaining a court order establishing his birth facts so he can obtain a delayed birth certificate.
    Core Competencies: Courtroom experience, Factual Investigation

  • 14-0035692

    Client needs assistance changing his name so he can obtain a driver's license and other identification documents. Client was raised by his aunt in North Carolina. In 2010, when he attempted to transfer his license from North Carolina to Pennsylvania, client learned that the last name on his birth certificate does not match the last name he has used his entire life. Client would like to change his last name to the one that he has always used, so that all of his identification documents are under the same name.
    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Draft Pleadings