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Andy and Gwen Stern Community Lawyering Clinic

Photo of Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, which houses the Andy and Gwen Stern Community Lawyering Clinic. Click to watch video that describes the CLC's mission and impact on the Philadelphia community.

Students work with and advocate on behalf of clients in need of legal services, referrals and other forms of advocacy in Drexel’s neighboring communities through the Andy and Gwen Stern Community Lawyering Clinic.

Advocacy that Works

Located in Drexel's Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, the clinic allows students to serve as true community lawyers, addressing a variety of issues that affect Drexel's neighbors in Mantua and Powelton Village.

Students represent individual clients and families facing legal issues, provide training to community residents who face common problems and publish reports that advocate for policy changes that would promote justice and equality for Drexel’s neighbors.

We have helped residents by:

  • Restoring Social Security benefits to disabled residents
  • Preventing foreclosures for low-income homeowners
  • Restoring utilities for senior citizens
  • Obtaining property titles for people who inherited their homes
  • Filing employment discrimination claims.

Projects have included:

Professor Rachel Lopez

Rachel E. Lopez

Director of the Andy and Gwen Stern Community Lawyering Clinic

Professor Rachel López is an associate professor of law and the director of the Andy and Gwen Stern Community Lawyering Clinic at the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships. She has litigated a wide range of legal matters, including immigration, human rights, death penalty, prisoners’ rights, family law, and civil rights, in both domestic and international forums. In 2015, Governor Tom Wolf appointed her to the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing, which sets the sentencing and parole guidelines for the state. Her scholarship focuses primarily on developing methods of accountability for human rights violations, reforms to transitional justice mechanisms, and models for collective representation. Professor López has been a Visiting Schell Scholar at Yale Law School and a Fulbright Scholar.



Phone: 215.571.4704

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