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 2005 Excellence Award Winners
Pennsylvania Legal Services presented its 2005 PLS Excellence Awards on March 8, 2005. The recipients were recognized at the annual awards dinner which was held at the Harrisburg Hilton and Towers.
The keynote speaker for the event was Leslie Anne Miller, the former General Counsel to the Governor of Pennsylvania and long time friend of the legal services community. The event also featured a Memorial Tribute to Louise Brookins, long-time client advocate and PLS Board member who died on February 5, 2005.
2005 Excellence Awards
The 2005 PLS Excellence Award winners are:
- Senators Jay Costa, James Ferlo and Mary Jo White
- Thorp, Reed & Armstrong and Dickie, McCamie & Chilcote
Lawyers on Loan Program– Pittsburgh
- Eve Biskind Klothen, Esq.
Assistant Dean for Pro Bono and Public Interest Programs, Rutgers School of Law - Camden
- Marjorie Jackson Crowder
Client Advocate and Board Member, Pennsylvania Legal Services - Philadelphia
- Marjorie Janoski, Esq.
Legal Services Attorney, Community Legal Services – Philadelphia
- Laurence E. Norton, II, Esq.
Legal Services Attorney, Community Justice Project - Harrisburg
- Carolyn Sexton
Legal Services Staff, MidPenn Legal Services - York
- Ann S. Torregrossa, Esq.
Senior Policy Manager, Pennsylvania Governor's Office of Health Care Reform and Former Legal Services Attorney
A video tribute highlighting the accomplishments of each of the award winners, available above, was shown as part of the presentation of the awards.
Pennsylvania Legal Services offers congratulations to these recipients and is pleased to have the opportunity to honor them for their outstanding contributions to the legal services community.