Paul V. Carlin, the Executive Director of MSBA, was inducted into the SeniorLAW Center’s inaugural Hall of Fame class at the Center’s 35th Anniversary Gala on April17, 2013.
Carlin helped found and procure the seed funding for the Philadelphia-based Center as the Director of Legal Services for the Philadelphia Bar Association (PBA) in the late ’70s. One hundred seventy five thousand dollars was originally granted to start the Senior Citizen Judicare Project, now the SeniorLAW Center. “Paul’s vision and leadership at such a young age launched SeniorLAW Center and made our work possible,” said the Center’s Executive Director, Karen C. Buck. “And now 35 years later, well over a quarter million seniors across Pennsylvania have had access to legal assistance and access to justice. A powerful legacy indeed.”
Carlin is a native of McKeesport, Penn., and received his law degree from the Dickinson School of Law; he began his career with the Attorney General of Pennsylvania. When he later moved to PBA, Carlin worked with others to develop new mechanisms in the delivery of legal services. He recruited volunteer pro bono attorneys and spearheaded the efforts to apply for the innovative Judicare grant program of the federal Legal Services Corporation, which led to the SeniorLAW Center. Carlin also authored another grant proposal to create the 59th Street Legal Clinic in west Philadelphia.
“Paul proved himself a true visionary in legal services,” continued Buck. “He recognized early on, three and a half decades ago, that providing access to an attorney for a low-income senior could change their lives, save their homes[...], strengthen families.”