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 Services Honors Winners of 2004 PLS Excellence Awards
|Award Winners Susan E. Sherman, Catherine Carr, Judge Phyllis W. Beck and Carl (Tobey) Oxholm III|
Pennsylvania Legal Services awarded its 2004 PLS Excellence Awards on March 10, 2004. The PLS Excellence Awards honor and celebrate some of the extraordinary people who are part of legal services community or who contribute their time and talents to legal aid programs and their clients across the state.
Award winners include pro bono volunteers, legal services staff and community leaders who excel in lending their assistance to Pennsylvania's legal aid programs and their clients.
The 2004 PLS Excellence Award Winners are:
- Senator Jane Earll & Representative Frank Oliver
- Carl (Tobey) Oxholm III
General Counsel, Drexel University, Philadelphia
- Catherine C. Carr
Executive Director, Community Legal Services, Philadelphia
- Rebecca Peace
Chief Counsel, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, Harrisburg
- Susan E. Sherman & Judge Phyllis W. Beck
The Independence Foundation, Philadelphia
- Clara Coleman
Client Advocate and Board Member, Pennsylvania Legal Services, Pittsburgh
- William McLaughlin
Legal Services Paralegal, North Penn Legal Services, Wilkes-Barre
- Gerry Redmond
Legal Services Paralegal, Neighborhood Legal Services Association, Butler
- Howard Miskey
Legal Services Attorney, MidPenn Legal Services, Lebanon
The recipients were recognized at the annual awards dinner which was held at the Harrisburg Hilton and Towers. Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell was the keynote speaker for the event.
A video tribute highlighting the accomplishments of each of the award winners was shown as part of the presentation of the awards. Those videos may be viewed below.
2004 Pennsylvania Legal Services Excellence Awards
Pennsylvania Legal Services wishes to thank and acknowledge the following for their generous support and sponsorship of the 2004 Awards Banquet:
Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP
Blank Rome LLP
Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
Kim, Geoff and Ted Oxholm
Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency
Pepper Hamilton LLP
John and Charlene Roberts
Saul Ewing LLP
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, LLP
Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young, LLP
Wolf, Block, Schorr & Solis-Cohen, LLP
Christie Pabarue Mortensen & Young, PC
Dilworth Paxson LLP
Drexel University College of Medicine
Drexel University Office of the Provost
Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP
Fox Rothschild, LLP
Hershey Foods Corporation
Joyce Miller & Associates, PC
McCarter & English, LLP
Palmer & Cay of Pennsylvania, LLC
Philadelphia Bar Association
Temple University, Beasley School of Law
UBS Financial Services
Villanova University School of Law
Young & McGilvery, PC
Additionally, PLS would like to thank the many individuals who made contributions to Pennsylvania Legal Services in honor of the 2004 PLS Excellence Award winners.