Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards


Nominations Open for 2015 PLAN Excellence Awards

PLAN Excellence Awards

Nominations for the 2015 Excellence Awards are now CLOSED. Check back soon to view a list of this year's award recipients.

The 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. Nominations are being sought for the following categories:

Legal Services Staff
This category is for all staff positions. We are seeking nominations for employees who exhibit excellence and commitment in the performance of the duties of their jobs.

Private Bar
This category is for members of the private bar who display an outstanding commitment to legal aid and the legal needs of low-income Pennsylvanians.

Lay Advocacy
This category is for client leaders, organizational partners, or others who have donated significant time and energy to the mission of legal aid and the needs of low-income people.  

Community Services
This category is for volunteers and friends who demonstrate exceptional dedication to legal aid and the needs of low-income people. It may include legislators or government officials, community leaders, or others who help promote the mission of legal aid.

Nominations are open to everyone, and there is no limit on the number of nominations you may submit. A list of past winners is available on the PLAN website.

All nomination forms must follow the format of the Online Nomination Form and attached hard copy form and should include supporting documents and information in order to be considered by the Awards Committee.

The Awards Committee will look for specific examples of excellence and will take into consideration commendation letters, relevant news clippings or other documents that strengthen the nomination. 

Nominations must be received no later than Friday, December 12, 2014.

To nominate a worthy candidate please use our Online Nomination Form, or download the document linked below for a Microsoft Word version of the nomination form.

If you have other questions, please contact Joyce Tomasko at (800) 322-7572 or (717) 236-9486, ext. 207 or by e-mail to

Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available for the 2015 PLAN Excellence Award  Dinner. Follow the link below for more infomation and to register as a sponsor of the event.

Online Nomination Form
Nomination Form (Microsoft Word)

Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities

Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Presents 2014 Excellence Awards

The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network presented the 2014 PLAN Excellence Awards during the annual awards dinner on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at the Harrisburg Hilton & Towers. 

Judge Chester Harhut, Justice Thomas Saylor and Sam MilkesThe Keynote Speaker for the evening was The Honorable Thomas G. Saylor, Justice of Supreme Court Justice of Pennsylvania. Click here to view the inspiring remarks of Justice Saylor at the Awards Dinner.

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

Individuals selected to receive the 2014 PLAN Excellence Award include:

  • Ann Carson and Connie Kelley
    Volunteer Paralegals, Neighborhood Legal Services Association
  • The Honorable Stewart Greenleaf
    Pennsylvania State Senate
    Chair, Senate Judiciary Committee
  • David L. Hill, Esquire
    Philadelphia Legal Assistance
  • Harvey F. Strauss, Esquire
    Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania
  • Linda L. Timberlake, Esquire
    MidPenn Legal Services
  • Kenneth N. Try
    Paralegal, McNerney, Page, Vanderlin & Hall
  • Hon. John Uhler
    Court of Common Pleas of York County; and
    Robert Woods
    Executive Director, United Way of York County
  • John S. Whitelaw, Esquire
    Community Legal Services
  • Merril L. Zebe, Esquire
    Public Interest Coordinator, Philadelphia Bar Association

Award Recipient Video Tributes


A special recognition of the clients who participated in the Pennsylvania Senate Hearings on Access to Justice was also made throgh a special video presentation that can be viewed below.


Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. and all of regional and specialty legal aid programs in the network congratulate the recipients of the Award for their past and ongoing efforts to help individuals and families across Pennsylvania who have no where else to turn when faced with a legal crisis.