Angel joined the staff of the Senior Citizen Judicare Project (now SeniorLAW Center) in October 1993 and served as Managing Attorney for over 14 years. In that role, Angel was the day-to-day supervisor of the attorneys, legal assistants and interns who provided legal services and community education to the Center’s clients. She also guided, trained and worked closely with our panel of over 100 volunteer attorneys.
Known as a zealous, fearless and tenacious advocate, Angel also represented hundreds of individual senior clients and conducted community and professional education programs throughout Philadelphia in diverse areas of protection from abuse, housing, estate planning, and consumer law. She served as a member of the advisory board of Older Adult Protective Services in Philadelphia County and the In-Home Support Program of Center In the Park Senior Center, as a Volunteer Attorney with the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, as a trainer on federal fair housing law and elder abuse, and in many other roles as attorney, advocate and partner to the aging network.
Angel’s tenure began when the entire legal staff of Judicare was crowded into one large room at our donated offices at the Philadelphia Bar Association, now known as Conference Room South, and Case Review was held in an intimate circle on the floor and windowsill (by choice) in the rear of the office. A painting of Justice Brennan, one of her heroes, adorned Angel’s office, as did wood carvings created by her father, a prolific self-taught artist. These items are still treasured parts of the SeniorLAW Center décor in our expanded offices at The Land Title Building.
Angel served as Senior Counsel at SeniorLAW Center before leaving the practice of law and moving into new aging advocacy positions in Philadelphia and then in New England. She now lives in Greenfield, Massachusetts.
Angel is a proud graduate of the City University of New York (C.U.N.Y.) Law School, which specializes in public interest law. Prior to joining SeniorLAW Center, she served as a staff attorney with the Defender Association of Philadelphia and as law clerk to Justice Emily Jane Goodman of the New York State Supreme Court. A former teacher, Angel also holds a Master of Arts degree in English from Rutgers University.
A fierce dog lover, Angel has adopted and cared for many a pup in need, including her beloved laborador retriever Toby and Rottweiler Jack, whom she cared for into their very senior years, and Mooky, whom she nursed back to health from a life-threatening illness.
Angel’s long and vibrant tenure at Judicare/SeniorLAW Center saw many changes, from a small legal staff of paralegals and a “Judicare” panel of private attorneys paid small fees by the organization to serve low-income clients in their own homes and communities to an expanded legal staff with a complimentary and fully pro bono volunteer program.
We are proud to honor our long-serving colleague Angel Recchia, an outstanding advocate and powerful voice for thousands of seniors in need for over 14 years, by inducting her as a member of the inaugural class of the SeniorLAW Center Hall of Fame.
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