Mission & History

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.