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Legal Services Corporation Leaders Confident of Bipartisan Support in Wake of Defunding Proposal

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 14:04

President Trump’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2019 calls for defunding the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), but LSC leaders remain confident of continued bipartisan Congressional support.

LSC is the nation’s largest single funder of civil legal aid, distributing more than 94% of its funding to more than 800 offices nationwide. These organizations serve low-income individuals, children, families, seniors, and veterans in every congressional district.

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FTC Charges Student Loan Debt Relief Scheme with Deceiving Consumers

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 10:31

The Federal Trade Commission has charged a student loan debt relief operation with bilking more than $28 million from thousands of consumers throughout the country by falsely promising that consumers’ monthly payments would go towards paying off their student loans.

This is the eighth action the FTC has taken in Operation Game of Loans, the first federal-state law enforcement initiative targeting deceptive student loan debt relief scams.

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Advocacy Exchange: How to Defend Low-Wage Workers Against Noncompete Agreements

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 10:05

The Clearinghouse Community, part of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, will be holding the February episode of the Advocacy Exchange webcast, entitled How to Defend Low-Wage Workers Against Noncompete Agreements, on Thursday, February 15, 2018 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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Attorney General Shapiro to Trump Administration: Let Workers Keep Tips They Earned

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 09:42

Attorney General Josh Shapiro led a coalition of 17 Attorneys General in filing comments in opposition to a Trump Administration proposal to eliminate protections that allow employees to keep the tips they have earned. One study suggested this proposed rule change could result in employers taking up to $5.8 billion of workers’ earned tips each year.    

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Health Law PA News - January 2018

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 12:37

The Pennsylvania Health Law Project has published the January 2018 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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Applications Accepted for LSC's Herbert S. Garten Loan Repayment Assistance Program Beginning February 1

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 14:36

The Legal Services Corproation has announced that, effective February 01, 2018, it is accepting applications under its Herbert S. Garten Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LSC LRAP).  This program awards forgivable one-year loans of $5,600 to attorneys who have worked at an LSC grantee for less than five years to help them repay law school loans. Attorneys must have at least $75,000 in law school debt in order to apply. The deadline for application submissions is Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.  

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DoD and VA Release Online Tool to Assist Veterans with Discharge Upgrade Process

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 10:26

January 26, 2018

The Department of Defense, through a joint initiative with the Department of Veterans Affairs, is pleased to announce the launch of a web-based tool that will provide customized guidance to veterans who desire to upgrade or change the conditions of their military discharge. 

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FTC Hosts Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week January 29-February 2

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 10:29

The Federal Trade Commission will mark Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, January 29-February 2, with a series of free events to help consumers and businesses reduce their chances of becoming victims.

Tax identity theft occurs when a person uses someone else’s Social Security number to either file a tax return and claim the victim’s refund, or to earn wages that are reported as the victim’s income, leaving the victim with the tax bill.

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Philadelphia Legal Assistance Wins Commonwealth Court Victory in Uber Case

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 08:14

 

Yesterday, the Commonwealth Court in the case of Lowman v. Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, unanimously held that where an unemployed worker had qualified for unemployment compensation benefits, he would not be later disqualified from receiving benefits because he picked up work with Uber while looking for a new job.  The decision is important for finding that casual work for Uber does not amount to setting up a new business.

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Arlene Marshall-Hockensmith to Serve on Dauphin County Bar Association Board of Directors

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 11:07

Arlene Marshall-Hockensmith, the Administrative Officer of Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. was formally announced as one of the newest members of the Dauphin County Board of Directors during the Association's Annual Membership Meeting on January 24, 2018. Attorney Marshall-Hockensmith will serve a two-year term on the Board.

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Attorney General Josh Shapiro and 20 Other Attorneys General Urge U.S. Supreme Court to Protect Workers' Organizing Rights

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 09:56

Attorney General Josh Shapiro has announced that he and a bipartisan group of 20 other Attorneys General are filing an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a Seventh Circuit decision protecting “fair share” provisions in public sector collective bargaining agreements. The brief addresses Mark Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, a case that will be heard on February 26, 2018, that seeks to overrule precedent settled in the 1977 Supreme Court case Abood v. Detroit Board of Education. The brief argues that the Supreme Court should defer to states’ judgment on how best to manage their workforces.

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Advocacy Exchange: Criminalizing Poverty with Peter Edelman, John Bouman, & Nusrat Choudhury

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:22

The Clearinghouse Community, part of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, will be holding the January episode of the Advocacy Exchange webcast, entitled Criminalizing Poverty with Peter Edelman, John Bouman, & Nusrat Choudhury, on Friday January 26, 2018 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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Pro Bono FEMA Legal Clinic to Help Puerto Rican Evacuees Secure Disaster Relief in Philadelphia - January 20

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 07:22

The Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania, the Toll Public Interest Center at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, The Vanguard Group, Unidos PA'PR, Ceiba, and the Philadelphia Bar Association are participating in a Pro Bono FEMA Legal Clinic to Assist Puerto Rico Evacuees at Esperanza College, 4261 N. Fifth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140, on January 20, 2018 beginning at 10:00 am.

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Health Law PA News - December 2017

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:22

The Pennsylvania Health Law Project has published the December 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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Ten Years After Great Recession Hit, Unemployed Workers Face Greater Barriers to Jobless Aid

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 10:08

The National Employment Law Project has released a new report entitled, Closing Doors on the Unemployed: Why Most Jobless Workers Are Not Receiving Unemployment Insurance and What States Can Do About It.

This report marks the 10-year anniversary of the beginning of the Great Recession and notes that after helping tens of millions through record high levels of unemployment, state UI programs are today in much worse shape than they were ten years ago, leaving many states dangerously unprepared for the next inevitable downturn. 

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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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