Mission and Background

Founded in 1988, the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania is a nonprofit public-interest law firm providing free legal assistance to people living with HIV and AIDS and those affected by the epidemic. We are still the nation’s only independent public-interest law firm dedicated to HIV and AIDS. We serve all of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey from our offices in Philadelphia and Camden County, NJ, educating the public about AIDS-related legal issues, training case management professionals to become better advocates for their HIV-positive clients, and working at local, state and national levels to achieve fair laws and policies.

We are committed to breaking the physical and linguistic barriers that often impede access to legal services. We make home and hospital visits to clients too ill to travel to our offices. Our bilingual staff serve our clients in the language they feel most comfortable speaking.

Please contact us if you would like more information or are in need of our services.

We provide legal assistance with the following issues:

  • HIV/AIDS discrimination
  • Confidentiality of HIV-Related Information
  • HIV Testing Protocols
  • Public/Private Benefits
  • Housing
  • Wills, living wills, & powers of attorney
  • Financial/Consumer Debt
  • Immigration

Our Special Programs include:

  • Criminal Records Resolution
  • Standby Guardianship
  • Medical/Legal Partnership
  • HIV Policy Collaborative of Pennsylvania
  • Compassionate Release
  • Case Management Training

From the Streets of Philadelphia: The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania’s How-To Primer on Mitigating Health Disparities

An article on the pioneering work of the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania that was published in the Temple Law Review is now on the Web. It was written by Executive Director Ronda B. Goldfein, Esq., and Sarah R. Schalman-Bergen, Esq., Of counsel. The article is available as a PDF here.


This website is lovingly dedicated to the memory of AIDS Law Project board members, staff, family, and friends:

Jaci Adams, Gary Bailey, David Bertugli, Bruce Flannery, Michael Greenberg, Arnold Jackson, Jonathan Lax, Alan Morrison and James Thompson.

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