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Philadelphia Legal AssistanceThe Legal Services Corporation has announced that Philadelphia Legal Assistance is one of the 11 legal aid organizations selected to receive grants from its new Pro Bono Innovation Fund to support projects that develop replicable innovations in pro bono services for low-income clients.

The Philadelphia Legal Assistance project will use the network of existing neighborhood public health centers in Philadelphia to create a pro bono, law- student-driven Medical-Legal Community Partnership that will improve access to comprehensive, coordinated health and legal care. The grant will provide PLA with $240,305 to fund the project over two years.


Associate Attorney General Tony West, Assistant Attorney General Stuart F. Delery for the Civil Division and members of the Department’s Elder Justice Initiative met with stakeholders in the field of elder abuse and financial exploitation on September 8, 2014 to launch the Elder Justice website in an effort to further prevent and combat elder abuse and financial exploitation.

The Elder Justice website will serve as a resource for elder abuse prosecutors, researchers and practitioners, and most importantly, for victims of elder abuse and their families. This website will also serve as a forum for law enforcement and elder justice policy communities to share information and enhance public awareness about elder abuse.


The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service (ABA) and the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) are seeking session proposals for the 2015 Equal Justice Conference which will be held May 7-9, 2014 in Austin, Texas. This conference is designed to bring together all components of the legal community committed to ensuring civil equal justice for the poorest, most disadvantaged people and communities in our society.


The statewide Loan Repayment Assistance Program ("LRAP") begins its fifth year of helping attorneys employed in IOLTA-funded civil legal services organizations better manage their undergraduate and law school debt on September 2, 2014, albeit with significant changes in the program.

The LRAP is a direct result of the 2006 Report and Recommendation of the PBA Task Force on Student Loan Forgiveness and Repayment Assistance and the leadership of Chief Justice Ronald Castille and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania who dedicated the revenue generated by pro hac vice fees (the admission fee charged to out-of-state attorneys seeking to enter an appearance in a Pennsylvania case) to support of the program.


This provides a list of links containing information on the approval of the Healthy Pennsylvania Program by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that will extend Medicaid coverage to nearly 600,000 uninsured Pennsylvanians.