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The National Legal Aid and Defender Association will be hosting a webinar entitled Advocacy to Combat Inequitable and Unconstitutional Imposition, and Enforcement of Court Fines and Fees on October 5, 2016 from 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Eastern.

Attend this free program to learn what you and your program can do to support your clients, including how LSC-funded programs can engage in significant advocacy efforts while still complying with LSC restrictions.


As part of its desire for wider participation in the groups which provide it advice and recommendations, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is undertaking a new initiative making it easier for people to express interest in being appointed to court advisory panels.

Legal training, experience and expertise are necessary for many assignments, but there are appointments for nonattorneys as well.


The 2016 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Conference will take place on September 29-30, 2016 at the Hilton Harrisburg. The conference will feature many helpful workshops for legal services staff, board members and other friends of the legal services community. CLE credits are available for attorneys who attend qualifying sessions.


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today that it is publishing a final rule formalizing legal standards under the Fair Housing Act for sexual and other forms of harassment in housing. In addition, HUD is issuing Fair Housing Act guidance on local 'nuisance ordinances' that may lead to housing discrimination against survivors of domestic violence and other persons in need of emergency services.


The Practising Law Institute is offering a series of webcasts of live events on topics of interest to poverty law advocates. These programs offer valuable instruction to both advocates from legal aid programs, as well as advocates offering pro bono service to low-income clients. Each of the programs offer Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit to attorneys attending the training.