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01/29/2018

Legal Services Corporation logoThe Legal Services Corproation has announced that, effective February 01, 2018, it is accepting applications under its Herbert S. Garten Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LSC LRAP).  This program awards forgivable one-year loans of $5,600 to attorneys who have worked at an LSC grantee for less than five years to help them repay law school loans. Attorneys must have at least $75,000 in law school debt in order to apply. The deadline for application submissions is Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.  

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01/29/2018

January 26, 2018

The Department of Defense, through a joint initiative with the Department of Veterans Affairs, is pleased to announce the launch of a web-based tool that will provide customized guidance to veterans who desire to upgrade or change the conditions of their military discharge. 

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01/26/2018

The Federal Trade Commission will mark Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, January 29-February 2, with a series of free events to help consumers and businesses reduce their chances of becoming victims.

Tax identity theft occurs when a person uses someone else’s Social Security number to either file a tax return and claim the victim’s refund, or to earn wages that are reported as the victim’s income, leaving the victim with the tax bill.

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01/26/2018

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The Commonwealth Court, in the case of Lowman v. Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, has unanimously held that where an unemployed worker had qualified for unemployment compensation benefits, he would not be later disqualified from receiving benefits because he picked up work with Uber while looking for a new job.  The decision is important for finding that casual work for Uber does not amount to setting up a new business.
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01/25/2018

Photo: Kadeem Morris, Arlene Marshall-Hockensmith and Sam MilkesArlene Marshall-Hockensmith, the Administrative Officer of Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. was formally announced as one of the newest members of the Dauphin County Board of Directors during the Association's Annual Membership Meeting on January 24, 2018. Attorney Marshall-Hockensmith will serve a two-year term on the Board.

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