Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Announces 2020 Excellence Award Honorees


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PLAN Excellence AwardThe Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Award. The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards recognize legal aid attorneys, paralegals, support staff and friends of civil legal aid who support the clients served by the civil legal programs that comprise the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network. 

PLAN solicited nominations from across the Commonwealth and based its selection on a variety of criteria that demonstrated excellence and diligence in helping improve the availability and quality of civil legal services for low income people and victims of domestic violence in Pennsylvania. 

The 2020 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Award honorees are:

  • Wesley C. Allen, Esq. 
    Senior Attorney, Family Advocacy Unit • Community Legal Services • Philadelphia, PA
  • Mardi Busanus 
    Volunteer • Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania • Doylestown, PA
  • El Comité de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agrícolas (CATA) 
    El Comité de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agrícolas (The Farmworkers Support Committee) • Kennett Square, PA
  • Robert Damewood, Esq. 
    Staff Attorney • Regional Housing Legal Services • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Erin Guay 
    Paralegal • Pennsylvania Health Law Project • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Samuel R. Grego, Esq. 
    Principal • Dickie McCamey, & Chilcote, P.C. • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Gabriele Miller-Wagner 
    Administrative Assistant, Pro Bono Department • Pennsylvania Bar Association • Harrisburg, PA
  • Matthew S. Rich, Esq. 
    Staff Attorney • MidPenn Legal Services • Harrisburg, PA
  • Joan M. Tutak, Esq.  
    Senior Attorney • Neighborhood Legal Services • Butler, PA

In addition, the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network is honored to present the Outstanding Leadership In Support of Legal Services Award to:

  • Samuel W. Milkes, Esq.
    Executive Director, Pennsylvania Legal Services Network, Inc.

The Award recipients will be formally honored at the PLAN Excellence Award Banquet on Tuesday March 31, 2020 , at the Hilton Harrisburg Hotel in Harrisburg, PA.  The Keynote Speaker for the event will be The Honorable David N. Wecht, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice.

The ceremony will also feature a video tribute of each honoree highlighting their accomplishments. 

For more information on the 2020 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards including banquet reservations, program advertising, and event sponsorship opportunities, please visit our website at or contact Christine Kirby via email at

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