Here are the latest news items of interest to the legal aid community and it's clients. Click the article headline for the full story.

For more news, see the latest from our companion sites at the links below:


Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic ViolenceAs Domestic Violence Awareness Month draws to a close, Gov. Tom Wolf has signed into law legislation that will give prosecutors additional tools to protect victims of domestic violence by criminalizing cases of non-fatal strangulation. The new law makes strangulation a form of criminal assault

Non-fatal strangulation is a tactic that abusers use to terrorize their victims, often as a control method in an abusive relationship. Strangulation also dramatically increases the likelihood of lethality in domestic violence situations. Yet, until now, prosecutors lacked the ability to effectively criminalize the act against abusers and provided added protection to victims.


2016 MLK Program InternsPennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. is currently seeking first and second year law students to participate in our 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Summer Internship Program.  This is a paid internship program that is designed is to promote cultural and ethnic diversity in legal services and to honor Dr. King. All interested law students are encouraged to apply. 


When a home is a place of violence, residents are vulnerable to losing their housing through eviction, coercion, or abuse.  On October 24, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development finalized a new rule to protect the housing of survivors of domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Read HUD’s final rule.


The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law will be holding a webinar entitled Ensuring Fair Housing for People with Criminal Records: A Conversation with HUD on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Eastern. 

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued groundbreaking guidance stating that admission denials, evictions, and other adverse housing decisions based on a person’s criminal record may constitute racial discrimination under the Fair Housing Act. The webinar will feature an overview of the guidance, an interview with a HUD official, and a live Q&A session including questions from attendees. 


Celebrate Pro Bono logoThe 2016 National Celebration of Pro Bono will take place on October 23-29, 2016. 

In Pennsylvania the Celebration extends throughout the month of October. There are numerous events scheduled around the state providing opportunities to join the Celebration. A list of events taking place in Pennsylvania during October may be viewed on