Sam Milkes, Executive DirectorThis BLOG began with the release of our newly designed website. The purpose of the BLOG is to convey information from the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network about activities of interest to the staff, clients, and board members of legal aid programs, as well as the general public. The BLOG is a posting of information. However, those who want to respond can do so. Posted comments are reviewed, and some of these comments will be posted, with consent.

Postings to the BLOG cover many subjects, including the work of legal aid programs, and issues affecting poor people. Also of importance to the vitality of legal services is the budget situation of the governmental bodies supporting our work, and budget and funding information will continue to be covered in future postings.

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Sam Milkes

On Tuesday July 1, I had the pleasure of appearing, along with Senator Stewart Greenleaf and Judge Chester Harhut, on Smart Talk, a radio program produced by WITF, the public radio station in Harrisburg.

During the program we discussed Toward Equal Justice for All, the recent report of the Pennsylvania Civil Justice Coalition to the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee, as well as other general issues relating to the provision of civil legal services to low income Pennsylvanians.

You can listen to the program from the website of WITF at the following link:

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Friday, September 27, 2013

The PA House Democratic Policy Committee held a public hearing on September 26 to examine how to better fund fair trials in Pennsylvania.  State Rep. Thomas Caltagirone (D-Berks),...

Sam Milkes

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

I am pleased to announce that as its first vote, upon returning from summer recess, the State House passed...

Access to Justice, Legal Services Funding
Sam Milkes

Friday, September 6, 2013

The following was released today for immediate publication by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts:

Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille said...

Sam Milkes

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Fifty years ago today, our country witnessed the remarkable March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. We celebrate that today. In the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, we especially celebrate that...

Sam Milkes

Monday, July 8, 2013

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania issued a decision in the case of ...

Sam Milkes

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille, along with other judges, low-income Pennsylvanians and the lawyers who help them, as well as  community and business leaders,...

Access to Justice, Legal Services Funding, Pro Bono
Sam Milkes

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

An article entitled A poor excuse for justice by Philadelphia...

Access to Justice, Legal Services Funding, Pro Bono
Sam Milkes

Monday, March 18, 2013

On this week's 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Gideon v. Wainwright, I commend to you Sunday's Opinion page of the New York Times, which contains a thought...

National Support Centers
Sam Milkes

Friday, February 22, 2013