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REMINDER: PLAN Excellence Award Nominations Due December 12

2015 PLAN Excellence AwardsNominations for the 2015 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards are due on Friday, December 12, 2014. Please submit your nominations for the awards on behalf of worthy candidates who exemplify excellence in their commitment and accomplishments as advocates for low-income people.

Nominations Open for 2015 PLAN Excellence Awards

PLAN Excellence AwardsThe 2015 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at the Harrisburg Hilton & Towers. Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. invites you to nominate worthy candidates for the 2015 Excellence Awards.

The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards honor members and friends of the legal aid community who exemplify excellence in their commitment and accomplishments as advocates for low-income people.

Statewide Coalition Report Details Growing Crisis In Meeting Critical Legal Needs Of Low-Income Pennsylvanians

Coalition Urges Creation of New Commission

A report released by the Pennsylvania Civil Legal Justice Coalition on May 6, 2014 concludes that the staggering number of unrepresented low-income litigants in civil legal matters adversely impacts the quality of justice for all parties in Pennsylvania courts, negatively impacts the courts’ administration of justice and undermines the rule of law.

The report, which was released at a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee, recommends the creation of a first-ever Access to Justice Commission to serve as a vehicle for studying and implementing measures to expand access to justice in the state.

Chief Justice Castille Asks Lawyers to Support Access to Justice for All

Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. CastilleDuring his final year on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille is making his last formal plea to lawyers to support the Commonwealth's civil legal aid programs by providing pro bono service through direct representation and financial contributions.

In a letter to Pennsylvania's approximately 70,000 registered lawyers, the chief justice joined with Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) President Forest N. Myers in calling on attorneys to make a personal commitment to provide pro bono service. The reminder of their ethical duty to provide public service is being widely distributed to the legal community by the courts and PBA.

Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Seeks Nominations for 2014 Excellence Awards

PLAN Excellence Award Trophy

Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network is soliciting nominations for its 2014 Excellence Awards. This year, the awards dinner will be held on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at the Harrisburg Hilton & Towers. A social hour will take place from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM, immediately followed by a buffet dinner (please mark your calendar).

The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards honor members and friends of the legal aid community who exemplify excellence in their commitment and accomplishments as advocates for low-income people. A media presentation highlighting the accomplishments of each award recipient will be incorporated into the program.

PA Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Public Hearing on Civil Legal Representation of the Indigent

The Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee held a Public Hearing entitled, Civil Legal Representation of the Indigent: Have We Achieved Equal Access to Justice? on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 8E-B in the East Wing of the Capitol Building in Harrisburg.  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Stewart J. Greenleaf (R-Montgomery, Bucks) chaired the hearing.

The purpose of the public hearing was to explore and create awareness of the current state and scope of the unmet need for civil legal services by low-income Pennsylvanians confronting legal problems involving basic human needs.

Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Announces Recipients of 2013 Excellence Awards

PLAN Excellence Award

The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network is proud to announce the recipients of its 2013 Excellence Awards.

The list includes a variety of civil legal aid professionals and friends of civil legal aid across Pennsylvania who are being recognized for their efforts in support of the clients served by the civil legal programs of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network.

PHLP Offers Free Training on Medicaid Changes in Northeastern and North Central Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Health Law ProjectThe Pennsylvania Health Law Project will be offering free training on changes in the operation of the Medical Assistance (MA) program being enacted by the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) in Northeastern and North Central Pennsylvania.

On March 1, 2013, DPW will transition away from ACCESS Plus and will instead require almost all MA recipients to join a physical health managed care plan.

This will create a HealthChoices New East Zone and will impact individuals who live in Bradford, Carbon, Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Juniata, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mifflin, Monroe, Montour, Northumberland, Pike, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Wayne, and Wyoming Counties. ACCESS PLUS will no longer operate in these counties after March 1.

Medicaid Rapid Reinstatement Project Established to Expedite Reinstatement of Benefits

Under an agreement with the Department of Public Welfare approximately 100,000 individual who were were terminated from Medical Assistance in the past year will be receiving a letter with instructions on how to seek expidited reinstatement of their benefits.

Community Legal Services of Philadelphia and Morgan Lewis hosted a webinar on October 26, 2012 to discuss the Medical Assistance Rapid Reinstatement Project. To view a playback of that webinar, click here.

Please watch this webinar to learn more about the program and how to assist your clients in obtaining an expedited reinstatement of benefits. Additional information on the program is outlined below.

Informaton About the Project

Statewide Loan Repayment Assistance Program Ready for Third Year; Application Deadline: October 15, 2012

The Statewide Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP), administered by the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation (PBF) and the Pennsylvania Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts Board (IOLTA), is ready for its third year of providing assistance to legal aid attorneys.

Qualifying legal aid attorneys have until October 15, 2012, to submit applications and accompanying certification letters for the next cycle of the statewide loan repayment assistance program (LRAP).

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