What We Bring to the Philadelphia Community

What We Bring to the Philadelphia Community

8/14/2023

We listen to individuals to understand their circumstances and do not judge them on the basis of their education, income, race, gender, etc. We offer affordable payment arrangements and reduced fees on a case-by-case basis. We have a community message board outside our office to keep neighbors informed of legal offerings and to allow them to post notices to each other. Our goal is to be a good neighbor to everyone in Philadelphia, starting with Brewerytown and the rest of North Philly and Center City.

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Why Being a Lawyer Is Important

Why Being a Lawyer Is Important

8/14/2023

Alson Clayton Alston became an attorney to go far beyond his 15 years of community activism in his native North Philly. Neither he nor his associates around the city could ever find a lawyer to represent their causes, so they directly fought entrenched power to protect the housing, property rights, human rights and economic well-being of their respective communities. Al and his allies learned to excel in the paralegal arts, but they had no authority to represent anyone when it really mattered. By becoming an attorney, Al could formally represent community organizations, non-profits, small businesses, the elderly, the unhoused and anyone else facing daunting challenges surviving in a town dominated by special interest politics and lip service to the people who really need government to work for them.

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Why Brewerytown Location - A Personal Note

Why Brewerytown Location - A Personal Note

8/14/2023

We are building a law firm for the entire region. However, Al decided to locate this first office just one block from his childhood home. While he continues to care greatly about the history and neighbors of his Brewerytown community, the most important reason he stayed to fight in the venerable building once owned by Fidelity Bank is that he must complete a journey that only he can. He knew of that battle and has been preparing for it for decades. He was caught off guard, however, by the ferocity of the sudden attacks by criminal elements that have been just as entrenched in his community as the corrupt politicians (more below).

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Battling Entrenched Criminal Elements

Battling Entrenched Criminal Elements

8/14/2023

Al's work to carve out a new course, while unrepentantly and unabashedly bearing the very name of an inherently evil man, has taken a nearly disastrous and not entirely unexpected turn. It would seem that criminal elements that have always plagued his old neighborhood are firmly aligned against him and his intention to establish a first-rate attorney's office on his beloved Girard Avenue. He had never interacted negatively with any of them -- indeed he had employed several of them for many years and leased an apartment to the family of another. But, he recently began to insist that they not congregate or sell their illegal items in front of his building. That seemed to have triggered an unbalanced barrage of envy and contempt. They gleefully firebombed his office on July 4th, 2023 with an M80 (1/4 stick of TNT) explosive, causing $5,000 of damage. The building shook so suddenly, Al thought he was back in California experiencing yet another earthquake. When he informed the police at the 22nd District that he was being targeted and that this explosion was just the beginning, one Sgt. Rhoads dismissed his report as mere vandalism and mischief, then refused to allow Al to meet with higher-ranking officials there. Al has since bypassed the 22nd District to make certain that law enforcement has knowledge of what is occurring there. Al has had to rely on frequent calls to 911 to prevent other injury to his office and to him. He has had more than one close encounter that could have spiraled out of control quickly. He undergoes a barrage of insults whenever the criminal elements feel so inclined. He has fortified his building with expensive security cameras, bright lights, alarms and other measures. It is at night that he believes there is danger to his building and to him, but he will not invite clients there, even during standard business hours, without full disclosure. Al is unclear whether the bad intentions of criminal elements, intermittent police responses and the fact that he sometimes appears to be more intimidating to thugs than they are to him are the ingredients that will allow his office to get past its infancy or whether this is a battle that he can never win. He continues to move forward, carefully documenting everything that happens on the 2800 block of Girard Avenue with inordinately large numbers of surveillance images from all possible angles.... In any event, it seems clear that Al cannot get to the mission he was prepared to fight until and unless he defeats the scourge of criminal elements and the pervasive indifference (or occasional pro-criminal sentiments) of much of the population there. Fully aware that there are many good people in Brewerytown worth fighting for particularly the elders, he takes heart. Below, we present some of the video and still images of events that currently threaten his ability to establish a law office on Girard Avenue in Brewerytown, North Philly.

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