AIDS Law Project Open House, April 8

Stop by our office from 5 to 7 p.m.

Check out our fabulous renovation, and enjoy some appetizers and drinks on us.

Hershey Case Reaches Morehouse College

Recently we learned that our victory in the Milton Hershey School case was used to help Morehouse College, a prestigious institution in Atlanta, revise its approach to dealing with students with HIV.

The college’s practice had been that if the school learned a student had HIV, everyone from teachers to residence hall staff would be notified “so they could protect themselves,” said John Warchol, senior staff attorney with the Atlanta Legal Aid Society.

Morehouse had requested trainings on a variety of aspects of HIV and AIDS. In the session on legal issues, Warchol used two video clips on the Hershey case from CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 – including an interview with Executive Director Ronda B. Goldfein.

AIDS Law Project staff members talked to Warchol at the American Bar Association AIDS Coordinating Committee conference Feb. 28 to March 1, which they attended to participate in panels and accept the Alexander D. Forger Award for Excellence in HIV Legal Services and Advocacy.

“I said, ‘You’re not alone in this, but what you’re doing is wrong,’” Warchol said, describing the training as non-confrontational and positive.

We are gratified to hear that the Hershey victory helped advance the rights of HIV positive young people well beyond the borders of Pennsylvania.

AIDS Law Project Wins National Award

We are thrilled to have won the Alexander D. Forger Award for Excellence in HIV Legal Services and Advocacy from the American Bar Association AIDS Coordinating Committee.

The committee recognized us for our “record of commitment and effectiveness in the fight against HIV and AIDS.”

The award, established in 2012, was presented at the ABA HIV/AIDS Law & Practice Conference on February 28th in Atlanta.

The AIDS Law Project Puts a Face on           25 Years of Justice

At the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, one of the fundamental things we can do is truly listen to our clients, who all too often have been ignored. Our primary concern is protecting their confidentiality. But we’ve also found that some of our clients are eager to share their stories, which they do in this video by Peter Lien and Mark Spencer. We’d like to thank Ed Bomba, Jose de Marco, Edna Reyes and the Reverend Jeffery Haskins for sharing some of the challenges they have faced. To see more of the great work of videographer and photographer Peter Lien, go to

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