About the Excellence Awards
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.
Nominations are made in the following categories:
Legal Services Staff
This category is for all staff positions. We are seeking nominations for employees who exhibit excellence and commitment in the performance of the duties of their jobs;
This category is for members of the private bar who display an outstanding commitment to legal aid and the legal needs of low-income Pennsylvanians;
This category is 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.
This category is for volunteers and friends who demonstrate exceptional dedication to legal aid. It may include legislators or government officials, clients, community leaders, or others who help promote the mission of legal aid.
Nominations are open to everyone. You do not have to be a member of the legal aid community to submit a nomination. You also do not have to be a member of a particular category to submit a nomination in that category. There is no limit to the number of nominations you may submit.
Nominations usually open in the last quarter of each calendar year for the awards to be made in the spring of the following year.
Specific information on nominations and a submission form will be posted here when nomination open for next year's awards.
Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards
Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc.
Presents 2017 Excellence Award Winners
The 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
- Barbara Griffin, Esq.
Director of the Pro Bono Center
Allegheny County Bar Foundation
- 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
- Michael D. LiPuma, Esq.
Law Office of Michael LiPuma
Chair, Board of Directors
Community Legal Services and Philadelphia Legal Assistance
- Jill Kelly McComsey, Esq.
Seidel Cohen Hof & Reid, LLC
- Linda D. Renick
North Penn Legal Services
- Thomas B. Schmidt III, Esq.
Pepper Hamilton LLP
- Patricia Shilling
MidPenn Legal Services
- Judith E. Wilson, Esq.
Northwestern, Legal Service
A video tribute was shown highlighting the accomplishments of each of the 2017 award recipients. Individual video tributes may be viewed by clicking on the recipients name above.