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


PLAN Excellence AwardsThe Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN) honored the recipients of the 2017 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards on March 28, 2017 at the annual awards dinner held at the Hilton Harrisburg.

The Keynote Speaker at the event was The Honorable Josh Shapiro, Attorney General of Pennsylvania.

The mission of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network is to ensure equal access to justice so that Pennsylvanians can have legal representation when facing important civil legal concerns affecting their safety, health, shelter and survival. 

The PLAN Excellence Awards are presented each year to 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. 

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.

Fulton Financial Corporation was presented with the Outstanding Leadership in Support of Legal Services Award in recognition of the bank’s long-standing support and investment in Pennsylvania IOLTA and civil legal aid as an IOLTA Platinum Leader Bank since March 2009.  Platinum Leader Banks exceed the PA IOLTA program requirements by paying a 1%, premium yield, on IOLTA accounts. Since 2009, Fulton Financial Corporation has contributed more than $2.4 million to the IOLTA program

The recipients of the 2017 Excellence Awards are:

  • Pamela Lynn Dalton-Arlotti, Esq.
    Director of Program Performance and Compliance
    Neighborhood Legal Services Association
    Pittsburgh, PA
  • Barbara Griffin, Esq.
    Director of the Pro Bono Center
    Allegheny County Bar Foundation
    Pittsburgh, PA
  • Legal Aid of Southeastern PA Centralized Telephone Hotline Staff
    Nanci Hoover, Esq., Managing Attorney; Robin Babillis, Paralegal; Delores Wilson Bailey, Paralegal; Kristan Burgess, Esq., Helpline Attorney; Eleonor Glasco, Paralegal; Carolyn Hettell, Paralegal; Randall Hove, Esq., Helpline Attorney; Pamela Manning, Support Staff; Venezla Moses, Paralegal; and Pandora Murphy, Paralegal
    Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania
    Norristown, PA
  • Michael D. LiPuma, Esq.
    ​Law Office of Michael LiPuma
    Chair, Board of Directors
    Community Legal Services and Philadelphia Legal Assistance
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Jill Kelly McComsey, Esq.
    Associate Attorney
    Seidel Cohen Hof & Reid, LLC
    Bethlehem, PA
  • Linda D. Renick
    North Penn Legal Services
    Bethlehem, PA
  • Thomas B. Schmidt III, Esq.
    Of Counsel
    Pepper Hamilton LLP
    Harrisburg, PA
  • Patricia Shilling
    MidPenn Legal Services
    Pottsville, PA
  • Judith E. Wilson, Esq.
    Managing Attorney
    Northwestern, Legal Service
    ​Erie, PA

About the 2017 Award Recipients

2017 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Award
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