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Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. Announces 2017 Excellence Award Winners

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The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. (PLAN) is honored to announce the 2017 Excellence Award winners as well as the recipient of the Outstanding Leadership in Support of Legal Services. The exceptional individuals, groups and corporation receiving awards have demonstrated excellence in their efforts to expand access to justice for those who have nowhere else to turn for help when facing a critical legal problem.

The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Award winners will be formally honored at the PLAN Excellence Award Banquet on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at the Hilton Harrisburg in Harrisburg, PA.  The ceremony will feature a video tribute of each honoree highlighting their accomplishments. 

PLAN, Inc. Seeks Applicants for 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Summer Internship Program

2016 MLK Program InternsPennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. is currently seeking first and second year law students to participate in our 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Summer Internship Program.  This is a paid internship program that is designed is to promote cultural and ethnic diversity in legal services and to honor Dr. King. All interested law students are encouraged to apply. 

Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Urges PA Lawyers to Support Legal Aid and Volunteer To Assist Low-Income Pennsylvanians

Thomas G. Saylor, Chief Justice of PennsylvaniaThomas G. Saylor, the Chief Justice of Pennsylvania, has directed a letter to all Pennsylvania attorneys, thanking them for their financial support of civil legal aid and for their pro bono help in representing low income clients needing legal help in civil cases, and urging them to make a personal commitment to provide whatever pro bono service they can through direct representation of the poor and financial support of legal aid programs. 

Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Presents 2016 Excellence Awards

2016 Excellence Award Banquet - March 15​The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN) honored the recipients of the 2016 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards on March 15, 2016 at the annual awards dinner held at the Hilton Harrisburg.

The Keynote Speaker at the event was The Honorable J. Richard Gray, Mayor of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, who began his career as a legal aid attorney and later served as the director of the legal aid program serving Central Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Announces 2016 Excellence Award Recipients

Excellence Awards 2016

The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards.  

Each year, PLAN requests nominations from across the Commonwealth and honors individuals, groups, and/or organizations that have established excellence and diligence improving the availability and quality of civil legal services for low income people and victims of domestic violence in Pennsylvania.

In Memoriam: Yvette R. Long

Yvette Long

​PLAN offers its condolences to the family and many friends of Yvette Long who passed away suddenly over the weekend. Yvette is a long-time member of the PLAN Board of Directors, as well as the Board of Directors of Community Legal Services and Philadelphia Legal Assistance.

She was deeply committed to access to justice through civil legal aid programs and to betterment of the lives of low income Pennsylvanians and of low income clients across the United States. This commitment extended beyond just words. We are deeply saddened by her loss and her leadership on behalf of the entire low-income community will be missed by us all.

Chief Justice Saylor Reminds Lawyers of Need to Provide Public Service

Chief Justice Thomas G SaylorChief Justice Thomas G. Saylor has asked lawyers to support the Commonwealth’s civil legal aid programs by providing pro bono service through direct representation and financial contributions.

In a letter to Pennsylvania’s approximately 70,000 registered lawyers, the chief justice also thanked attorneys for their support of legal aid programs as a component of their annual attorney registration fees. The letter is being widely distributed to the legal community by the courts and the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Presents 2015 Excellence Awards

The Honorable Debra McCloskey Todd, Supreme Court of PennsylvaniaThe Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN) honored the recipients of the 2015 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards on March 23, 2015 at the annual awards dinner held at the Hilton Harrisburg. Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Debra McCloskey Todd served as the keynote speaker for the event.

Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Announces 2015 Excellence Awards Honorees

2015 PA Legal Aid Network Excellence AwardsThe Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards.  The statewide awards for excellence will be presented at the PLAN Excellence Awards banquet on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at the Harrisburg Hilton. A social hour begins at 5:00 pm with the Awards Dinner following at 6:00 pm.

CLS Files Lawsuit to Prevent Medical Assistance Benefits Cuts Under Healthy Pennsylvania Initiative

Community Legal Services logoCommunity Legal Services of Philadelphia (CLS), with co-counsel from the National Health Law Program (NHeLP), has filed a class action lawsuit in Philadelphia on behalf of almost 200,000 low-income Pennsylvanians who face severe cuts in health benefits in 2015 as a result of the Healthy Pennsylvania initiative.  The suit sought a preliminary injunction before cuts began on January 1, 2015.

On December 31, 2014, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied the motion for a preliminary injunction. The Court declared that the Plaintiffs 1) did not meet the requirements for class certification, which is a preliminary requirement for a class-wide injunction, and 2) failed to prove their entitlement to a mandatory injunction. Although the request for injunction was denied, the suit will continue on the merits in the United States District Court.

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