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 Award Recipients
Past Excellence Award* Recipients:
* Previously Known as the Striving Toward Excellence Awards
hRecipient for the Homeworks Project (2009)
wRecipient for Wood Street Commons Legal Team (2010)
cRecipient for Executive Committee of the Coalition for Affordable Utility Service and Energy Efficiency in Pennsylvania (CAUSE- PA) (2015)
mRecipient for Merck Pro Bono Program (2015)
heRecipient for Hardwood Estates Project Team (2016)
Past Outstanding Leadership in Support
of Legal Services Award Recipients:
|Alfred J. Azen
Hon. Ronald D. Castille
Hon. Joy Flowers Conti
Jeffrey A. Ernico
Hon. Stewart Greenleaf
|Clifford E. Haines, Esq.
Hon. Maureen P. Kelly
Yvette R. Long
Leslie Anne Miller, Esq.
Hon. Gerald A. McHugh, Jr.
Abraham C. Reich, Esq.
|Louis Rulli, Esq.
Mark Schwartz, Esq.
Andrew F. Susko, Esq.
Paul A. Tufano, Esq.
David Unkovic, Esq.
Past Excellence Award in Cy Pres Advocacy
The following law firms have received the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Award for their Cy Pres Support of Legal Services to the Pennsylvania IOLTA Board and its grantees:
- Barrack, Rodos & Bacine (Mark Rosen, Esq.), Philadelphia PA (2016)
- Donovan Axler, LLC (Michael D. Donovan, Esq.), Philadelphia, PA (2016)
- Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner, Weinstock, Dodig LLP, (Alan M. Feldman, Esq.), Philadelphia, PA (2016)
- Francis & Mailman, PC (James Francis, Esq.), Berwyn, PA (2016)
- Kessler, Topaz, Meltzer & Check, LLP (Lee D. Rudy, Esq.), Radnor, PA (2016)
- Wohl & Fruchter LLP (Ethan D. Wohl, Esq.), New York, NY (2016)