Save Jenkins: Contact The Mayor


Your support is making a difference. The Philadelphia Bar Association resolution attacking Jenkins in support of HB 1937 has been withdrawn. HB 1937 will cripple Jenkins by diverting two-thirds of its primary funding source to the First Judicial District’s general fund.  It’s still important to sign our letter against this resolution, and HB 1937.

Together, we can be appreciative of our combined efforts but we need to keep fighting. HB 1937 is still very much alive.  Mayor Kenney must still find money to fund conflict counsel. I plan on sending a letter to Mayor Kenney urging him to support funding at the state level.  Pennsylvania is the only state that does not fund indigent counsel. We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our conflict counsel and support funding that is sufficient and sustainable.

I hope you will join me in contacting Mayor Kenney. Please take a few moments to let him know how important it is for Jenkins to continue to level the playing field for those seeking justice in Philadelphia. Be sure to tell him that HB 1937 threatens Jenkins’ ability to make a difference in your practice and every day for ordinary Philadelphians who are facing legal challenges.

Phone: (215) 686-2181

Thank you for your support,

Theodore “Ted” Simon
President, Jenkins Law Library

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The President of our Board, Theodore "Ted" Simon, wants to both thank everyone that has responded to Jenkins’ requests to support the library and let you know that your voices have been heard by the Mayor’s Office. The house bill is now on pause and we are communicating with the Mayor’s office consistent with the demands of our membership, supporters, self represented litigants and the legal community. While we continue to oppose HB1937 which would cripple Jenkins, we also continue to support the proper governmental and constitutional funding of indigent defense. For the moment while I would ask you to continue to sign our letter of support, at this time, there is no need to further write or call the Mayor’s Office. Once again, we thank the large numbers of supporters that wrote the Mayor. We know we have a passionate group of supporters and we will keep you informed and advised when and where we need your further directed help and assistance. You have been indispensable to this collective effort to save Jenkins. (To see our prior messages, click the Blog link above.)
The President of our Board, Theodore "Ted" Simon, has written a letter to Mayor Kenney. Mr. Simon thanks everyone who has signed our letter of support, those who have already contacted the Mayor, and those that are doing so. Please encourage everyone to reach out to friends and colleagues and ask them to email and call the Mayor at or (215) 686-2181 to voice their concerns.
As of 10/15/18, 630 of your colleagues have signed our letter. Last week I wrote to you about a bill in Harrisburg to defund Jenkins Law Library, and a resolution by the Philadelphia Bar Association to support the bill. Nine Past Chancellors and numerous prominent members of the legal community, including hundreds of your friends and colleagues, have joined...