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06/23/2009

The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Elder Law Group will be meeting on June 26, 2009 at the Louise Brookins Building, 188 Locust Street, in Harrisburg.

Persons who are planning to attend should register with Fran Weisinger, by email at fweisinger@palegalaid.net or by phone at 1-800-322-7572, ext. 207.

PLAN E-News
06/23/2009

The House of Representative approved a Fiscal 2010 appropriations bill on June 18, 2009 that would provide the Legal Services Corporation with $440 million in funding, an increase of $50 million.

Most of the funding—$414.4 million—would be distributed to 137 independent nonprofit legal aid programs with more than 900 offices that deliver legal assistance to low-income individuals and families across the country. The bill also would provide funds for technology innovation grants and for loan repayment assistance to help programs recruit and retain talented attorneys.

PLAN E-News
06/23/2009

The Philadelphia Bar Association, along with co-winner North Carolina Bar Association, will each receive a 2009 Harrison Tweed Award for achievement in preserving and increasing access to legal services for the poor. The award winning activities of each of these bar associations demonstrate the wide range of activities that bars engage in to promote access to justice. 

PLAN E-News
06/23/2009

The Management Information Exchange is sponsoring two conferences for legal aid professionals in Chicago in late July. The first, MIE’s National Directors Conference, will be held on July 21 and 22 and will focus on how legal aid programs can maximize their impact during difficult economic times.

PLAN E-News
06/23/2009

An amendment to increase funding for a grant program that supports legal assistance to victims of domestic violence was overwhelmingly approved by the House of Representatives on June 17.

The amendment to the Fiscal Year 2010 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies appropriations bill increased funding for the Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women’s Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program by $4 million—from $37 million to $41 million. It passed the House by a vote of 425 to 4 (Roll Call Vote 354).

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