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Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity

Philadelphia, United States
Joined December 2017

PLSE is a legal aid organization that provides criminal record expungement services at no cost to low-income individuals in Philadelphia, PA.

Presence in: United States
Focus: Criminal Justice

Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit legal aid organization. PLSE’s mission is to work toward just outcomes for low-income individuals who have had contact with the Pennsylvania criminal justice system. Through individual representation, strategic litigation, community education, research, and legislative advocacy, PLSE advocates for a more equitable social environment for those with criminal records, including expanding access to employment and social services.

PLSE was founded in 2010 by four Philadelphia-based civil rights lawyers who wanted to create an alternative legal service model that brings legal services directly into the communities most affected by criminal history record information and other social justice inequities. PLSE received tax exempt status in 2012.

People Associated With This Organization

Katherine Zuk

United States  
Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity
Joined December 2017
Interests: Criminal Justice
Katherine Zuk currently serves as a volunteer at the Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity. She graduated cum laude from Temple University with a B.A. in Political Science. Subsequently, she spent two years in Washington, D.C., as a graduate teaching assistant at Georgetown University and a researcher at a nonprofit focusing on international development and religion. In her role as a researcher, she spent three months in Senegal launching an initiative to engage religious leaders concerning public health policy. Upon returning to Philadelphia, her focus has narrowed from international to local public policy. As an advocate for criminal justice reform, she hopes to inform Philadelphia citizens about the impact of criminal records and empower those with experience in the criminal justice system to organize around reform.
Katherine Zuk is the network champion (main point of contact) for Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity.

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