Duffy + The Community

The very first Duffy Fellows: Community Legal Services Staff Attorney Jen Burdick, left, (with CLS Executive Director Cathy Carr), and The Legal Clinic for the Disabled's Medical Legal Partnership attorney Elizabeth Oquendo (with LCD Executive Director Linda Peyton).

Duffy + Partners are more than just top Philadelphia personal injury lawyers: the firm is committed to making a difference in the city of Philadelphia. The most substantial impact of this work has been through the Duffy Fellowship.

Established in 2012 by Tom Duffy, the Duffy Fellowship underwrites a staff attorney's salary at some of the area's foremost legal service nonprofit organizations.

The current Fellows serve at:

  • The Legal Clinic for the Disabled, where the Medical Legal Partnership attorney at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children works with the hospital's medical staff to identify and address hardships negatively affecting patients' health.
  • Community Legal Services, where a staff attorney in the Public Benefits Unit helps poverty-level Philadelphians navigate public benefits such as cash assistance, SSI disability, food stamps, or health insurance.
  • The Homeless Advocacy Project, an organization that has provided $50.5 million in free legal service to over 35,300 homeless individuals in Philadelphia since its founding in 1990.

Through their work, Duffy + Partners effectively helps some of our poorest residents tackle problems from unsafe housing and living conditions, to children’s health issues and income insecurity. Working together, we can - and we do - make a difference.