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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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ABA Members Come to Capitol Hill to Convince Lawmakers to Fund Legal Services, Loan Forgiveness

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 10:00

The American Bar Association will hold its annual effort to connect policymakers with constituents in the legal profession this week during its ABA Day 2018, April 11 and 12.

Lawyers from 48 states will come to Washington to speak to members of Congress and their staffs and inform them of the importance of funding Legal Services Corporation (LSC), which provides civil legal aid to nearly 1.7 million low-income people annually. These people desperately need help to navigate the legal process so they can get equal access to justice and yet far too many are turned away due to lack of resources. LSC serves the most vulnerable individuals and families in every congressional district. That includes children, seniors, veterans, victims of domestic violence and victims of disasters.

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Legal Services Corporation Forum on Increasing Access to Justice Featuring John Grisham, Ken Frazier, and David Rubenstein to be held April 10

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 10:17

Best-selling author John Grisham, Merck Chair and CEO Kenneth C. Frazier, and The Carlyle Group Co-Founder David Rubenstein will be among the leaders from the business and legal communities gathering at Georgetown University Law Center on Tuesday, April 10, for the Legal Services Corporation’s (LSC) annual Forum on Increasing Access to Justice. LSC is hosting the event in conjunction with its Board of Directors’ quarterly meeting.

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Time is running out to file 2014 tax returns worth $1 billion in refunds

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 13:22

The Internal Revenue Service is reminding an estimated 1 million taxpayers that time is running out to file a 2014 tax return and claim refunds totaling more than $1 billion. To claim any refund due, taxpayers must file their 2014 federal tax return by April 17, 2018.

The IRS estimates the median potential refund for 2014 is $847. By failing to file a tax return, people stand to lose more than just their refund. Many low- and moderate-income workers may be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). For 2014, the credit was worth as much as $6,143.

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FTC-IRS Initiative Aims to Make it Easier for Consumers to Report Tax-Related Identity Theft

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 13:13

The Federal Trade Commission and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are teaming up to make it easier for consumers to report tax-related identity theft and to receive assistance to help recover. The IRS will now allow consumers to report identity theft to the IRS electronically through the FTC's IdentityTheft.gov website.

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Advocacy Exchange: Overcoming the Collateral Consequences of Juvenile Court Involvement

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 09:18

The Clearinghouse Community, part of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, will be holding the April episode of the Advocacy Exchange webcast, entitled Overcoming the Collateral Consequences of Juvenile Court Involvement, on Wednesday, April 11, 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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Webinar: NCVRW Creating a Vicarious Trauma-Informed Organization: Strategies for Success

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 13:58

As part of the Office of Victims of Crime’s (OVC) commemoration of National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW), OVC will host a webinar entitled NCVRW Creating a Vicarious Trauma-Informed Organization: Strategies for Success on April 11, 2018 from 2:00 pm–3:30 pm Eastern, that focuses on evidence-based strategies for your organization to address vicarious trauma.

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Wolf Administration Extends Pennsylvania Home Heating Assistance Program Deadline to April 13

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 13:20

Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Pennsylvanians struggling to pay home heating bills will now have until April 13, 2018, to apply for financial help through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

The federally funded program was slated to end April 6, 2018, but the Wolf Administration decided that given the unpredictable weather this winter, Pennsylvania would extend the program, giving people extra time to apply for funding.

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Health Law PA News - March 2018

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 10:59

The Pennsylvania Health Law Project has published the March 2018 edition 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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Low income taxpayer clinics represented 19,479 taxpayers dealing with an IRS tax controversy

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 12:28

The Internal Revenue Service’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) Program Office has issued its annual program report. The report describes how LITCs provide representation, education, and advocacy for taxpayers who are low income or speak English as a second language (ESL).

During 2016, LITCs represented 19,479 taxpayers dealing with an IRS tax controversy. They helped taxpayers secure more than $4.3 million in tax refunds and brought more than 4,200 taxpayers back into compliance.

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Rescheduling of PLAN Excellence Awards Banquet

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 11:10

With great regret, PLAN announces that the Excellence Awards Banquet, to be held at the Harrisburg Hilton on March 21, 2018, is postponed. An announcement of the rescheduling of this event will follow in the coming days, while we look at our options. We have weighed the alternatives of going forward with the event, and just accepting the reduced attendance due to the weather, or rescheduling. In the end, what has most influenced our decision is not only that we know we would have a greatly reduced attendance, but also the safety concerns for people traveling in hazardous conditions.

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Chief Justice Saylor Expresses Support for Serving the Civil Legal Needs of the Poor

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 08:06

Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Thomas G. Saylor has prepared a letter to all licensed attorneys in Pennsylvania expressing support for efforts to serve the civil legal needs of our poorest citizens. He expressed a steadfast commitment by the Court to the mission of serving the legal needs of the poor and outlined some of the ways the the Pennsylvania Supreme Court supports civil legal.

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Advocacy Exchange:Executive Orders: What Recourse Do Low-Income Clients Have?

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 09:53

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 Executive Orders: What Recourse Do Low-Income Clients Have?, on Wednesday, March 14, 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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FTC Celebrates 20th Anniversary of National Consumer Protection Week

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 15:05

The Federal Trade Commission and its partners across the country will participate in the 20th anniversary of National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), held March 4-10, 2018. NCPW is a nationally coordinated campaign to help consumers understand their consumer rights and make well-informed decisions about money and learn how to spot scams .

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Health Law PA News - February 2018

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 14:07

The Pennsylvania Health Law Project has published the February 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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NLADA Releases Report on the Role of Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program in the Justice System

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 14:21

The President’s FY 2019 budget blueprint released Monday, February 12, includes a proposal that would eliminate the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. PSLF was enacted by President George W. Bush in 2007 to encourage graduates to enter into public service and to make it financially viable for them to remain in service for the duration of their careers despite taking on significant student loan debt to earn their degrees. A survey conducted by the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) suggests that the program has significantly enhanced access to justice in America, and that eliminating PSLF would harm our communities.

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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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