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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).

PLAN E-News
06/23/2009

Get Help Now PA! logoGovernor Edward G. Rendell has announced the launch of the "Get Help Now PA!" volunteer initiative to provide financial and legal help to the many Pennsylvanians who still face difficult situations while the economic recovery takes hold. The program is part of a nationwide effort initiated by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, who have asked all governors and first ladies to join them in a service initiative designed to help fellow citizens in need.

PALawHELP.org News
06/23/2009

PennDOT agrees to reissue cancellation notice with an extended deadline and corrected information about documents needed to contest cancellation and verify identity.

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