ELC attorney Hallam Roth with Betty Davis and her grandson Calvin. Ms. Davis was honored by ELC for her tireless work advocating for Calvin’s right to a quality education.

ELC’s Helpline

ELC provides information, referrals, legal advice, and advocacy to families, youth, caseworkers, attorneys, judges, community members, etc. statewide through its Helpline. We provide this service free of charge. Because we have limited staff, we may not be able to return calls that are not related to areas of our current work. Some callers may not speak with a lawyer but may receive information, a publication, or a referral regarding their issue or question. We provide legal advice to a limited number of callers and direct representation in a few cases that have the potential to impact numerous students.

Here is important information about contacting us:

  • Call our Helpline at 215-238-6970 (Eastern and Central PA) or 412-258-2120 (Western PA). You will be asked to leave a message identifying your question or issue and a phone number where you can be reached. If we need additional information or believe we may be able to assist you, someone will respond to the message within approximately two to three days. Please note that our response to your question does not establish an attorney-client relationship.
  • Email us at [email protected] if you are not seeking legal assistance.  If you need legal assistance with an education issue, please call the Helpline at one of the numbers above.
  • Note: A telephone intake service for families of children with disabilities is available through the Disability Rights Network (DRN) at 800-692-7443. Please call DRN directly for special education questions.
  • To see our resources and publications, click here.
  • To submit a request for training, please complete this form.


Education Law Center
1800 JFK Boulevard, Suite 1900-A
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-238-6970
Fax: 215-772-3125

Education Law Center
429 Fourth Avenue, Suite 702
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-258-2120
Fax: 412-535-8225