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Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. Announces 2018 Excellence Award Winners

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 07:39

The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. is pleased to announce the 2018 Excellence Award winners as well as three recipients of the Outstanding Leadership in Support of Legal Services Award. The exceptional individuals and groups selected have demonstrated excellence in their efforts to increase the availability of legal aid and raise the quality of civil legal services for low income people and victims of domestic violence in Pennsylvania.

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Registration Underway for 2018 LSC Innovations in Technology Conference

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 11:20

Registration is underway for the Legal Services Corporation's 2018 Innovations in Technology Conference (formerly the Technology Initiative Grants (TIG) Conference) will be held January 10-12, 2018 in New Orleans, LA.

The conference brings together leaders from across the justice community to explore innovative ways of using technology to promote better access to services and ensure high-quality legal representation for low-income people. 

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The Honorable Kim Berkeley Clark Presented 2017 William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 08:57

Allegheny County Judge Kim Berkeley Clark has been presented with the 2017 William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence, the highest honor bestowed to a state court judge by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC).

The award was presented on November 16, 2017 during a dinner and ceremony at the U.S. Supreme Court hosted by Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts Jr.

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Health Law PA News - November 2017

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 07:53

The Pennsylvania Health Law Project has published the November 2017 edition of Health Law PA News.

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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LSC Awards Nearly $4 Million in Technology Grants to Legal Aid Organizations

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 15:17

The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) has announced 25 Technology Initiative Grants (TIG) to 22 legal services organizations in 18 states.

Established in 2000, the TIG program supports projects that develop and replicate technologies to improve efficiency and provide greater access to high-quality legal assistance for low-income Americans.

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Access to Justice Act Update: Sunset Eliminated

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 10:49

The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN), the state’s coordinated system of civil legal aid organizations working to assure fairness for all in the civil justice system, thanks The General Assembly and the Governor for the approval and signing of a bill that will provide enhanced access to justice for low-income Pennsylvanians and victims of domestic violence who have nowhere to turn other than to PLAN programs for critical legal help when faced with urgent civil legal problems.

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Advocacy Exchange: Making Public Benefits Accessible to Clients with Visual Impairments

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 07:42

The Clearinghouse Community, part of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, will be holding the October episode of the Advocacy Exchange webcast, entitled Making Public Benefits Accessible to Clients with Visual Impairments, on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm Eastern. The Advocacy Exchange is a monthly conversation hosted by the Clearinghouse Community with advocates advancing change.

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Applicants sought for Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship Position

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 10:24

Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. is currently soliciting applications for a Martin Luther King, Jr. Program fellowship that will be located at Northwestern Legal Services in Erie, Pennsylvania. 

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Justice Department Invests $3.42 Million in Fight Against Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 13:39

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced more than $3.42 million in funding to respond to elder abuse and victims of financial crimes throughout the United States. The awards will better protect older Americans by improving identification of elder abuse and strengthening the response to victims through innovative technology, closer interagency collaboration and enhanced legal services, among other approaches.

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PLAN Seeks Nominations for 2018 PLAN Excellence Awards

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 09:45

Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. is currently soliciting nominations for its 2018 Excellence Awards. This year, the awards dinner will be held on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at the Hilton Harrisburg Hotel. A social hour will take place from 5:00 p.m.

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Advocacy Exchange: Tax Law for Legal Aid Lawyers

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 11:23

The Clearinghouse Community, part of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, will be holding its October episode of the Advocacy Exchange webcast, entitled Tax Law for Legal Aid Lawyers, on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm Eastern. The Advocacy Exchange is a monthly conversation hosted by the Clearinghouse Community with advocates advancing change.

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Health Law PA News - September 2017

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 15:12

The Pennsylvania Health Law Project has published the September 2017 edition of Health Law PA News.

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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Jim DeAngelo Honored With PBA’s Jeffrey A. Ernico Award

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 09:55

The Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Legal Services to the Public Committee is pleased to honor Harrisburg lawyer James P. DeAngelo with its Jeffrey A. Ernico Award at the September 27, 2017 annual fall membership meeting of the Dauphin County Bar Association.

Attorney DeAngelo is Chair of the Litigation Group at McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC in Harrisburg. He joined the firm as a business litigator in 1992 after his clerkship with the Pennsylvania Superior Court.

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Oct. 16 Application Deadline for Statewide Loan Repayment Assistance Program

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 08:32

Lawyers employed by the IOLTA-funded civil legal services organizations providing free legal services to low-income Pennsylvanians have until Oct. 16 to apply for student loan repayment assistance from the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP), which is administered by the Pennsylvania Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (PA IOTLA) Board and the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation.

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Proposed New Court Rules - Comments Requested

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 09:08

Several proposed procedural rule changes significant to legal aid practitioners were announced in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on August 12, 2017. The changes relate to the handling of confidential information pursuant to the new Public Access Policy: Case Records of the Appellate and Trial Courts adopted by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on January 6, 2017.

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