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 Presents 2014 Excellence Awards
The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network presented the 2014 PLAN Excellence Awards during the annual awards dinner on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at the Harrisburg Hilton & Towers.
The Keynote Speaker for the evening was The Honorable Thomas G. Saylor, Justice of Supreme Court Justice of Pennsylvania. Click here to view the inspiring remarks of Justice Saylor at the Awards Dinner.
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.
Individuals selected to receive the 2014 PLAN Excellence Award include:
- Ann Carson and Connie Kelley
Volunteer Paralegals, Neighborhood Legal Services Association
- The Honorable Stewart Greenleaf
Pennsylvania State Senate
Chair, Senate Judiciary Committee
- David L. Hill, Esquire
Philadelphia Legal Assistance
- Harvey F. Strauss, Esquire
Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania
- Linda L. Timberlake, Esquire
MidPenn Legal Services
- Kenneth N. Try
Paralegal, McNerney, Page, Vanderlin & Hall
- Hon. John Uhler
Court of Common Pleas of York County; and
Executive Director, United Way of York County
- John S. Whitelaw, Esquire
Community Legal Services
- Merril L. Zebe, Esquire
Public Interest Coordinator, Philadelphia Bar Association
Award Recipient Video Tributes
A special recognition of the clients who participated in the Pennsylvania Senate Hearings on Access to Justice was also made throgh a special video presentation that can be viewed below.
Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. and all of regional and specialty legal aid programs in the network congratulate the recipients of the Award for their past and ongoing efforts to help individuals and families across Pennsylvania who have no where else to turn when faced with a legal crisis.