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Webinar: From Sexual Harassment to Wage Theft — Issue Spotting for Lawyers Working with Low-Wage Workers in the Age of #MeToo

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 10:56

The National Women’s Law Center and the National Employment Law Project will be holding a webinar entitled From Sexual Harassment to Wage Theft — Issue Spotting for Lawyers Working with Low-Wage Workers in the Age of #MeToo on June 26, 2018 From 3:00 – 4:30 PM Eastern.

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Webinar - Empowering People with Criminal Records to Change Policy: A Legal Advocate’s Guide to Storytelling

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 09:57

The Clean Slate Clearinghouse with funding support from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, will be holding a webinar entitled Empowering People with Criminal Records to Change Policy: A Legal Advocate’s Guide to Storytelling on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 from 2:00pm–3 pm Eastern.

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President Intends to Nominate Six Members to LSC's Board of Directors

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 09:46

President Trump announced on June 6, 2018 his intention to nominate six people to the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC).

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Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Presents 2018 Excellence Awards

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 21:03

​After severe weather forced the postponement of the 2018 Excellence Awards in March, Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. finally honored the recipients of the 2018 PLAN Excellence Award during the rescheduled Award Banquet on June 6, 2018.

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Health Law PA News - May 2018

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 14:40

The Pennsylvania Health Law Project has published the May 2018 editions of Health Law PA News, a free newsletter containing the latest news relating to Health Law in Pennsylvania.

You can subscribe to receive the PHLP eNews, which links to the Health Law PA News on the PHLP website at www.phlp.org

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Northwestern Legal Services Selects Jacqueline Lager as New Executive Director

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 12:02

The Board of Directors of Northwestern Legal Services is proud to announce the selection of Jacqueline Lager as the program's new Executive Director. Jacqueline has been a staff attorney with Northwestern Legal Services since 2013 and has demonstrated her determination to furthering their mission of providing equal access to the civil justice system to people throughout Northwestern Pennsylvania. They are excited to welcome Jacqueline into this new role and to see how her new ideas better shape our community.

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Operators of Student Loan Debt Relief Schemes Settle FTC Charges

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 14:47

The defendants in two student loan debt relief cases have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission claims that they charged consumers illegal upfront fees and falsely promised to help reduce or forgive student loan debt burdens.

The settlements with Strategic Student Solutions and Bloom Law Group are part of a coordinated federal-state law enforcement initiative targeting deceptive student loan debt relief scam announced by the FTC in October 2017, called Operation Game of Loans.

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ABA President Hilarie Bass testifies to Senate in support of increased legal aid funding

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 11:27

​American Bar Association President Hilarie Bass filed written testimony Wednesday, May 23, with the Senate supporting increased funding for the Legal Services Corporation to help close America’s “justice gap.” The testimony expressed the ever-growing need for legal services in areas including the opioid crisis, and in recent natural disasters. It also emphasized the federal role in justice for all, recommended against placing an unfunded mandate for legal services on states and localities.

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PLAN Welcomes 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Summer Interns

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 14:12

The 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Summer Internship Program is underway at legal aid programs across Pennsylvania. This year’s class includes law students from Penn State, Penn State-Dickinson, Widener Commonwealth, Pitt, Washington University (St. Louis), Temple, and Florida International law schools. The students attended a two-day orientation program in Harrisburg on May 17-18 and are beginning their summer of service at many PLAN programs. 

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NLADA Announces G. Gordon Bonnyman and Gary Horton as Kutak-Dodds Prize Winners

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 08:48

The National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) has announced G. Gordon Bonnyman and Gary Horton as the winners of the 2018 Kutak-Dodds Prize. This award honors civil legal aid attorneys and public defenders who through the practice of law have significantly enhanced the quality of life for individuals who cannot afford legal representation.

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PUC Announces Availability of Updated Utility Ratemaking Guide

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 09:27

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) has announced the availability of an updated publication of “A Guide to Utility Ratemaking.” PUC Commissioner Norman J. Kennard recently updated the original handbook he wrote more than 35 years ago with former PUC Commissioner James H. Cawley. The new 190-page handbook is designed as an introduction to ratemaking for customers and new practitioners and also is a research tool for the more advanced participant. 

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FTC Announces Refund Claim Process for Consumers Who Bought the NutriMost Weight-Loss System in the Pittsburgh Area

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 14:44

The Federal Trade Commission has announced a refund claim process in its case against NutriMost. The Commission has posted a refund claim form online. Consumers who bought the NutriMost Ultimate Fat Loss System in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area between October 1, 2012 and August 9, 2016, are eligible to apply for a refund.

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IRS accepting applications for 2019 Low Income Taxpayer Clinic grants

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 07:41

The Internal Revenue Service has announced that the application period for Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) grants for calendar year 2019 will run from May 16, 2018, to June 27, 2018.

The LITC program is a federal grant program administered by the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate at the IRS, led by the National Taxpayer Advocate, Nina E. Olson. Under the program, the IRS awards matching grants of up to $100,000 per year to qualifying organizations to develop, expand or maintain an LITC.  An LITC must provide services for free or for no more than a nominal fee.

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New IRS online tool offers expanded access to information on tax-exempt organizations

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 10:05

The Internal Revenue Service has introduced a new online tool on IRS.gov designed to provide faster, easier access to publicly available information about exempt organizations.

"This new tool provides taxpayers an easy way to get information about charitable organizations," said Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter. "Tax-exempt organizations play a critical role in our nation, and this will provide greater insight for people considering donations."

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West Chester Attorney John McKenna to Be Recognized with 2018 Louis J. Goffman Award

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 08:38

The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation will present the 2018 Louis J. Goffman Award to John F. McKenna of MacElree Harvey Ltd. in West Chester on May 10 during the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Annual Meeting Awards Luncheon in Hershey.

The Goffman Award is named for a late PBA president and recognizes individuals and organizations committed to outstanding pro bono service.

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Approves Pilot Program Allowing CLE Credit for Pro Bono Service

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 13:28

Recognizing the importance of pro bono service, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has approved the creation of a new continuing legal education (CLE) pilot program aimed at increasing support for civil legal aid for low-income Pennsylvanians.

The pilot program will allow licensed Pennsylvania lawyers to earn CLE credit for approved pro bono service in the community through certified legal service providers.

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Health Law PA News - April 2018

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 09:47

The April 2018 edition of Health Law PA News has been published by the Pennsylvania Health Law Project. Health Law PA News is a free newsletter containing the latest news relating to Health Law in Pennsylvania.

You can subscribe to receive the PHLP eNews, which links to the Health Law PA News on the PHLP website at www.phlp.org

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Lawyers Serving the Public Good - The Pennsylvania Lawyer

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 14:09

Sharon Lopez, President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association has authored a "Sidebar" article entitled Lawyers Serving the Public Good which will appear in the May/June issue of The Pennsylvania Lawyer, the magazine of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

The article discusses the various ways that Lawyers serve the public in their law practices. 

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Combatting Sexual Harassment In Housing Through Collaboration (Webinar)

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:25

The National Legal Aid and Defender Association and the U. S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division are presenting a webinar entitled Combatting Sexual Harassment In Housing Through Collaboration on April 25, 2018 from 2:00 pm-3:30 pm Eastern.

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2018 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Award Banquet Rescheduled for June 6

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 08:56

The 2018 PA Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards scheduled for March 21, 2018 had to be postponed due to severe weather conditions throughout most of Pennsylvania. We are pleased to announce that the rescheduled date for the event is June 6, 2018.

Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. (PLAN) will honor the 2018 Excellence Award winners as well as three recipients of the Outstanding Leadership in Support of Legal Services Award.

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