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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Monday, January 11, 2010

Friday, January 8, 2010

I was invited on January 7 to testify before a committee of the New York Senate which is looking at improving the delivery of legal services and is hunting for ways to fill the IOLTA shortfall....

Sam Milkes

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Following is a State of Legal Aid Report, describing the significant activity undertaken by the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network in the past fiscal year.


Sam Milkes

Friday, October 9, 2009

101 days into the fiscal year, a final budget has been adopted and is on its way to the Governor for his expected signature. Despite a number of scares along the way, and lots of ups and downs,...

Access to Justice, Legal Services Funding
Sam Milkes

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

UPDATE: The House just concurred in Senate amendments to the filing fee bill by a vote of 136 – 60. All we need now is the Governor’s signature for the fee bill to be finalized, and we...

Access to Justice, Legal Services Funding
Sam Milkes

Monday, October 5, 2009

With negotiations between the House and Senate having fallen apart for now, the Senate is moving forward with the enactment of a series of budget and revenue related bills, in their effort to try...

Access to Justice, Legal Services Funding
Sam Milkes

Thursday, October 1, 2009

I wish I could announce some final state budget deal, and reveal here how legal services is being treated in that deal.  But all of us watching the news know that the Governor's Sunday...

Access to Justice, Legal Services Funding
Sam Milkes

Monday, September 21, 2009

Many are wondering what the effect of Friday's budget deal is on legal services.  On Friday, September 18, the Governor and three of the four legislative caucuses announced that a...

Legal Services Funding
Sam Milkes

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

In a year when we are witnessing a $10 million cut in IOLTA funds, compared to just two years ago, there is reason to be highly nervous about the ability of legal aid programs to represent low...

Access to Justice, Legal Services Funding
Sam Milkes