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08/17/2017

Attorney General Josh Shapiro has announced a proposed settlement with Aequitas Capital Management, a defunct investment firm, that provides $6.7 million in debt relief for 1,200 Pennsylvanians who attended for-profit colleges.

Aequitas holds student loan accounts related to the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges, a large for-profit chain of 30 schools that filed for bankruptcy in 2015.  In Pennsylvania, Corinthian operated the Everest Institutes in Bensalem, Bucks County and Pittsburgh and WyoTech, later bought by an unrelated entity, in Blairsville, Indiana County.

PLAN E-News
08/08/2017

Fair Housing Law Center logoThe Fair Housing Law Center has released the latest edition of it quarterly newsletter, FAIR HOUSING NEWS.

The Fair Housing Law Center was launched and is operated by Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services. It provides the first and only coordinated effort in the 24-county region of Western Pennsylvania to affirmatively promote through testing, legal advice, counsel, and representation the rights of the protected classes delineated in the Fair Housing Act. 

PLAN E-News
08/07/2017

The U.S. Supreme Court is instituting a new electronic filing system that will begin operation on November 13, 2017. A quick link on the Court’s website homepage will provide access to the new system, developed in-house to provide prompt and easy access to case documents. Once the system is in place, virtually all new filings will be accessible without cost to the public and legal community.

PLAN E-News
08/02/2017

Pennsylvania Legal Aid NetworkRegistration is now open for the 2017 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Conference. The Conference will take place on September 28-29, 2017 at the Hilton Harrisburg Hotel, One North Second Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101.

Registration is free for staff and board members of Pennsylvania's network of legal aid programs. Registration for staff of non-PLAN public interest, government or other nonprofit organization is $275.00. The cost for all other registrants is $450.00.  Registration includes meals and conference materials. 

PLEASE NOTE:  THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR THE CONFERENCE IS  SEPTEMBER 15, 2017.

PLAN E-News
07/28/2017

Justice in Aging is offering a free webinar entitled In-Kind Support and Maintenance in the Supplemental Security Income Program on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Eastern.

This webinar will examine the “in- kind support and maintenance” rule and provide advocates with the tools to successfully navigate the rules on behalf of their clients. 

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