Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards

Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network’s 2023 Excellence Awards 

 

PLAN Excellence Award

Nominations are currently being solicited for the 2023 Excellence Awards, which will be held in Harrisburg on March 21, 2023. These awards celebrate members within our legal aid community as well as private bar partners and community leaders who exemplify excellence in their efforts to expand access to legal services for marginalized and low-income Pennsylvanians.

Three new categories are being introduced as part of this year’s awards – Best Legal Services Advocacy, Best Pro Bono Advocacy, and Best Community Advocacy.

Within the Best Legal Services Advocacy category, three distinct awards are being given: Best Attorney Advocate Award; Best Non-Attorney Advocate Award; and Best Systemic Advocacy Award. 

Here are details about each of the awards and how to submit a nomination.

BEST LEGAL SERVICES ADVOCACY

Nominations for the three Best Legal Services Advocacy awards are open to all staff who are currently employed by a program of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network.

  • Best Attorney Advocate Award 

This category is open to attorneys who work for a program of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network.

Nominations for Best Attorney Advocate Award can be submitted online at: https://bit.ly/Best-Attorney-Advocate.

  • Best Non-Attorney Advocate Award

This category is open to non-attorney staff who work for a program of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network.

Nominations for Best Non-Attorney Advocate Award can be submitted online at: https://bit.ly/Best-Non-Attorney-Advocate.

  • Best Systemic Advocacy Award

This category is open to a group, person, or project, that is part of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network.

Nominations for Best Systemic Advocacy Award can be submitted online at: https://bit.ly/Best-Systemic-Advocacy.

BEST PRO BONO ADVOCACY AWARD

Nominations for the Best in Pro Bono Advocacy Award are open to lawyers, judges, law firms, and bar associations that have made significant contributions in the provision of pro bono legal services. Nominees must be admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and may not be an employee of an organization providing free or low-cost legal services to the poor.

Nominations for Best Pro Bono Advocacy Award can be submitted online at: https://bit.ly/Best-Pro-Bono-Advocacy.

BEST COMMUNITY ADVOCACY AWARD

This category is open to clients, community leaders, legislators, and legal aid advocates working in programs outside of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network. It recognizes individuals whose efforts have helped to expand access to legal services for low-income people. Nominees for this category may not currently be employed at a program in the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network.

Nominations for Best Community Advocacy Award can be submitted online at: https://bit.ly/Best-Community-Advocacy.

Nominations will be accepted through October 28, 2022, and the winners will be announced in December. A list of prior award recipients, including recipients of the former Striving Towards Excellence Award, is available to view by year.

In addition to recognizing the winners of the 2023 Excellence Awards at the event in March, a special 50-year anniversary celebration will mark the evening's program this year. More details about the event are forthcoming, so check back often for updates and additional information.

To inquire about the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network and its annual Excellence Awards, or to request help with submitting your nomination form, please email Brianna Bosak at bbosak@palegalaid.net

 

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