Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards



Nominations for the 2018 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards

Deadline for Nominations: November 3, 2017

2018 Excellence Awards - Save the Date: March 21Nominations for the 2018 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards have now closed. Recipients of the 2018 awards will be announced in the near future. 

This year, the awards dinner will be held on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at the Hilton Harrisburg Hotel. A social hour will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., immediately followed by a buffet dinner (please mark your calendar).

The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards honor members and friends of the legal aid community who exemplify excellence in their commitment and accomplishments as advocates for low-income people. A media presentation highlighting the accomplishments of each award recipient will be incorporated into the program. Nominations were accepted in the following categories:

  • Legal Services Staff. Nominations for employees for all staff positions who exhibit excellence and commitment in the performance of the duties of their jobs;
  • Private Bar. Nominations for members of the private bar who display an outstanding commitment to legal aid and the legal needs of low-income Pennsylvanians;
  • Community Services. Nominations for volunteers and friends who demonstrate exceptional dedication to legal aid and the needs of low-income people. It may include legislators or government officials, community leaders, or others who help promote the mission of legal aid; and
  • Lay and Client Advocacy. Nominations for client leaders, organizational partners, or others who have donated significant time and energy to the mission of legal aid and the needs of low-income people.

Nominations are open to everyone, and there is no limit on the number of nominations you may submit. However, all nomination forms must follow the format on the attached form and should include supporting documents and information in order to be considered by the Awards Committee. 

The Awards Committee will look for specific examples of excellence and will take into consideration commendation letters, relevant news clippings or other documents that strengthen the nomination.

Nominations were accepted through Friday, November 3, 2017:

While past recipients of the award are still eligible to receive it again, historically this has never been done except for awards presented to groups. You can find a list on the PLAN, Inc. website at

If you have other questions about the awards, please contact Natalei Bogerman at (800) 322-7572 or (717) 236-9486, ext. 207 or by e-mail to


Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc.
Presents 2017 Excellence Award Winners

PLAN Excellence AwardsThe Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN) honored the recipients of the 2017 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards on March 28, 2017 at the annual awards dinner held at the Hilton Harrisburg.

The Keynote Speaker at the event was The Honorable Josh Shapiro, Attorney General of Pennsylvania.

The mission of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network is to ensure equal access to justice so that Pennsylvanians can have legal representation when facing important civil legal concerns affecting their safety, health, shelter and survival. 

The PLAN Excellence Awards are presented each year to individuals, groups, and/or organizations that have established excellence and diligence improving the availability and quality of civil legal services for low income people and victims of domestic violence in Pennsylvania. 

The list of award recipients includes a variety of civil legal aid professionals and friends of civil legal aid across Pennsylvania who were recognized for their efforts in support of the clients served by the civil legal programs of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network.

Fulton Financial Corporation was presented with the Outstanding Leadership in Support of Legal Services Award in recognition of the bank’s long-standing support and investment in Pennsylvania IOLTA and civil legal aid as an IOLTA Platinum Leader Bank since March 2009.  Platinum Leader Banks exceed the PA IOLTA program requirements by paying a 1%, premium yield, on IOLTA accounts. Since 2009, Fulton Financial Corporation has contributed more than $2.4 million to the IOLTA program

The recipients of the 2017 Excellence Awards are:

  • Pamela Lynn Dalton-Arlotti, Esq.
    Director of Program Performance and Compliance
    Neighborhood Legal Services Association
    Pittsburgh, PA
  • Barbara Griffin, Esq.
    Director of the Pro Bono Center
    Allegheny County Bar Foundation
    Pittsburgh, PA
  • Legal Aid of Southeastern PA Centralized Telephone Hotline Staff
    Nanci Hoover, Esq., Managing Attorney; Robin Babillis, Paralegal; Delores Wilson Bailey, Paralegal; Kristan Burgess, Esq., Helpline Attorney; Eleonor Glasco, Paralegal; Carolyn Hettell, Paralegal; Randall Hove, Esq., Helpline Attorney; Pamela Manning, Support Staff; Venezla Moses, Paralegal; and Pandora Murphy, Paralegal
    Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania
    Norristown, PA
  • Michael D. LiPuma, Esq.
    ​Law Office of Michael LiPuma
    Chair, Board of Directors
    Community Legal Services and Philadelphia Legal Assistance
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Jill Kelly McComsey, Esq.
    Associate Attorney
    Seidel Cohen Hof & Reid, LLC
    Bethlehem, PA
  • Linda D. Renick
    North Penn Legal Services
    Bethlehem, PA
  • Thomas B. Schmidt III, Esq.
    Of Counsel
    Pepper Hamilton LLP
    Harrisburg, PA
  • Patricia Shilling
    MidPenn Legal Services
    Pottsville, PA
  • Judith E. Wilson, Esq.
    Managing Attorney
    Northwestern, Legal Service
    ​Erie, PA

A video tribute was shown highlighting the accomplishments of each of the 2017 award recipients. Individual video tributes may be viewed below or by clicking on the recipients name above.

About the 2017 Award Recipients