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President Barack Obama has announced his intent to nominate the following five nominees to the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC): 

  • Robert J. Grey, Hunton & Williams, Virginia
  • John G. Levi, Sidley Austin, Illinois
  • Martha L. Minow, Harvard Law School, Massachusetts
  • Julie A. Reiskin, Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, Colorado
  • Gloria Valencia-Weber, University of New Mexico School of Law, New Mexico

New FHA guidelines projected to help thousands avoid foreclosure per year

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan has announced the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has implemented changes to its loan modification program to ensure consistency with the Obama Administration's Home Affordable Modification Program.

By August 15, FHA borrowers will be able to significantly reduce their monthly mortgage payments by seeking a loan modification through their current mortgage company or loan servicer under the new FHA-Home Affordable Modification Program (FHA-HAMP). News

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced that it has charged the co-owners of a Philadelphia condominium apartment, and their tenant, with unlawful discrimination in refusing to rent to families with children. HUD alleges that the owners and the tenant violated the Fair Housing Act when the tenant posted an advertisement on, stating "No dogs or children," and subsequently refused to rent to a tester posing as an applicant with a child. News

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals of Somalia from its current expiration date of Sept. 17, 2009 through March 17, 2011. News

The Pennsylvania Health Law Project has published a combined edition of PHLP’s two newsletters - the Health Law PA News and the Senior Health News. The combined issue is currently available on the PHLP website at