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04/09/2009

The Pennsylvania IOLTA Board has released a report entitled, Results of the Pennsylvania Access to Justice Act, A Report on the Filing-Fee Surcharge Law, FY 2004-2008. This report, related to funding received as a result of the Access to Justice statute (42 Pa. C. S. Section 4901 et. seq.), summarizes the results produced across Pennsylvania by the Access to Justice Act’s filing-fee surcharge. It begins by outlining the needs the AJA was enacted to address. The report then describes the many ways the legal assistance providers comprising the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network have strategically applied those dollars to maximize the benefits produced for low-income people, communities, taxpayers and courts across Pennsylvania.

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04/02/2009

The Board President and Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. expressed their support and appreciation to the State Supreme Court, applauding the Order entered by Chief Justice Castille, dated April 2, which helps fund civil legal aid programs by assessing a $25 surcharge on attorney annual registration fees. These funds are to be forwarded to the Court’s Pa. IOLTA Board to help support civil legal aid.

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04/01/2009

The 2009 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards were presented at the annual awards dinner on Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at the Harrisburg Hilton & Towers. The evening's keynote speaker was The Honorable Marjorie O. Rendell, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

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.

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03/25/2009

The Legal Services Corporation is requesting $485.1 million from Congress for its fiscal year 2010 budget, an increase of $95.1 million over current funding levels.

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02/03/2009

Laval Miller-Wilson, a Senior Attorney at Juvenile Law Center (JLC) in Philadelphia, will join the Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP) as Executive Director. He replaces Michael Campbell, who recently accepted a teaching position at Villanova University Law School and who co-founded PHLP with Ann Torregrossa. Ms. Torregrossa served as the program’s first Executive Director.

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