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Legal Resources and Assistance

Online Database

This subscription database is available from within the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and remotely with a Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh library card.

Law Depot

Law Depot
Access to thousands of do-it-yourself legal forms across all categories, including Real Estate, Business, Human Resources, and Wills. Forms can be saved, edited, and printed.

 

Legal Organizations

Pittsburgh Region

  • Find a Lawyer
    Pittsburgh Lawyer Finder is perated by the Allegheny County Bar Association, Pittsburgh Lawyer Finder provides a reliable online source of local lawyers and Pennsylvania legal information.
  • Find a Notary
    Search for a Pennsylvania notary. From the Pennsylvania Association of Notaries.
  • The Allegheny County Bar Association
    A professional organization, chartered in 1870, with more than 6,600 member lawyers, judges, district justices, legal administrators and paralegals. Check out their "Community Service" section to find out how to receive a free copy of "Consumer's Guide to Pennsylvania Law" and to learn about special programs such as an annual "Law for the People" course for the general public.
  • American Civil Liberties Union, Greater Pittsburgh Chapter
    assists people in their struggles to live by the freedoms guaranteed by the United States Constitution
  • Duquesne University Center for Legal Information
    & Allegheny County Law Library

    This website has collected legal resources from around the nation. Includes the Allegheny County Law Library, which provides legal information and information services to the bench and bar of the County, County departments, other members of the legal community, and members of the general public.
  • Financial Crimes Task Force of Southwestern Pennsylvania
    The Financial Crimes Task Force has been charged with the investigation and prosecution of criminal offenses involving split-deposit schemes, counterfeit checks, internet fraud, stolen government checks, identity thefts and identity take-overs within Southwestern Pennsylvania, placing an emphasis on organized activity.
  • Jurist: The Law Professors' Network
    "Jurist is a Web-based legal news and real-time legal research service powered by a mostly-volunteer team of over 30 part-time law student reporters, editors and Web developers led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA."
  • National Center for Juvenile Justice
    The Center is the research division of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges; founded in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1973, to develop and disseminate research and provide technical assistance to help practitioners dealing with youth crime, victimization, and child maltreatment.
  • Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association
    Awards an "Inventor of the Year" award.
  • Western Pennsylvania Law Library Association
    Established to develop and increase the usefulness and efficiency of law libraries in Western Pennsylvania.
 

Southwestern Pennsylvania

 

Pennsylvania

 

United States

  • American Association of Law Libraries
    With over 5,000 members, the AALL represents law librarians and related professionals who are affiliated with a wide range of institutions: law firms; law schools; corporate legal departments; courts; and local, state and federal government agencies.
  • American Bar Association: Public Resources
    Offers resources in consumer education.
  • Cornell Legal Information Institute (LII)
    Includes Wex, a collaboratively built, freely available legal dictionary and encyclopedia.
  • Public Justice
    Public Justice (formerly Trial Lawyers for Public Justice) fights for justice through precedent-setting and socially significant individual and class action litigation designed to enhance consumer and victims' rights, environmental protection and safety, civil rights and civil liberties, workers' rights, America's civil justice system, and the protection of the poor and powerless.
 

Legal Assistance

Pittsburgh Region

  • Allegheny County Bar Foundation
    This charitable arm of the Allegheny County Bar Association supports the delivery of pro bono legal services to low-income clients by members of the legal community, and administers various charitable and educational programs.
  • Allegheny County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
    Allegheny County CASA is one of 900 programs nationwide that advocate for abused and neglected children. CASAs are appointed by the Judge to represent a child in court and to speak up for their best interests.
  • Center for Victims of Violence and Crime
    The Pittsburgh Mediation Center merged with The Center for Victims of Violence and Crime (CVVC), which provides victim advocacy and support services, crisis intervention and counseling.
  • KidsVoice
    Founded in 1908 as the Legal Aid Society of Pittsburgh, KidsVoice provides full-service advocacy for abused, abandoned, and other vulnerable children.
  • Laurel Legal Services
    Laurel Legal Services provides free civil legal representation to low-income clients in Armstrong, Cambria, Clarion, Indiana, Jefferson, and Westmoreland Counties.
  • Mediation Council of Western Pennsylvania
    The Mediation Council of Western Pennsylvania (MCWP) promotes the concept of mediation as an alternative to the traditional courtroom process, educating and informing the public about mediation, and developing continuing education programs for mediators.
  • Neighborhood Legal Services Association
    Provides free civil legal assistance to low income people in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties.
  • Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc. (SPLAS)
    The primary provider of free legal services for low-income citizens in Washington, Greene, Fayette and Somerset Counties.
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law: Civil Practice Clinic
    Legal services for low income families.
 

Pennsylvania

  • Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania
    Formerly the Disabilities Law Project
    An advocacy organization for the human, civil, and legal rights of Pennsylvanians with disabilities.
  • Pennsylvania Client Assistance Program
    CAP is an advocacy program for people with disabilities administered by the Center for Disability Law & Policy.
  • Pennsylvania Health Law Project
    PHLP is a nationally recognized expert and consultant on access to health care for low-income consumers, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.
  • PALawHELP
    PALawHELP.org is a guide to legal information and free civil legal services for low-income persons and seniors in Pennsylvania from the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc.
  • Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc.
    The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN) is the community of legal services organizations that provide legal assistance to low income residents of Pennsylvania.
 

United States

  • Legal Services Corporation
    The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is a private, non-profit corporation established by Congress to seek to ensure equal access to justice under the law for all Americans by providing civil legal assistance to those who otherwise would be unable to afford it.
  • Mediate.com
    A commercial site with information for mediators and those looking for mediation services