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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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

February 5, 2013 is a big day in Pennsylvania. It is the day the Governor addresses the public and both chambers of the General Assembly, laying out his budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal...

Sam Milkes

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

UPDATE: I’m pleased to report that, on June 22, 2012, the Governor signed Senate Bill 1433 which funds legal services housing work at $600,000 per year for the next 5 years...

Access to Justice, Legal Services Funding
Sam Milkes

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

On April 17, 2012, the White House hosted a forum on the current state of Civil Legal Assistance in the United States. The forum, which was co-hosted by the Legal Services Corporation, looked at...

Sam Milkes

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts issued the ...

Access to Justice, Pro Bono
Sam Milkes

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Monday, November 14, 2011

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

On August 23 the New York Times published an editorial entitled, Addressing...

Sam Milkes

Friday, July 1, 2011

Wednesday night, the state budget was adopted by the House, following Tuesday’s Senate vote. This sends the budget to the Governor, who has signed it. Legal services funding is cut by $274,...

Access to Justice, Legal Services Funding
Sam Milkes

Thursday, June 23, 2011

On June 20 the United States Supreme Court issued a decision in the case of Turner v. Rogers...

Access to Justice
Sam Milkes

Thursday, May 26, 2011