Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards
Nominations Sought for 2019 PLAN Excellence Awards
Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. is now accepting nominations for its 2019 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. A media presentation highlighting the accomplishments of each award recipient will be incorporated into the program.
Nominations are being accepted in the following categories:.
- LEGAL SERVICES STAFF
We are seeking nominations for employees for all staff positions who exhibit excellence and commitment in the performance of the duties of their jobs.
- PRIVATE BAR
We are seeking nominations for members of the private bar who display an outstanding commitment to legal aid and the legal needs of low-income Pennsylvanians.
- COMMUNITY SERVICES
We are seeking nominations for volunteers and friends who demonstrate exceptional dedication to legal aid and the needs of low-income people. It may include legislators or government officials, community leaders, or others who help promote the mission of legal aid.
- LAY AND CLIENT ADVOCACY
We are seeking nominations 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.
Nominations are open to everyone, and there is no limit on the number of nominations you may submit.
Nominations for the 2019 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards should be submitted online at https://bit.ly/PLANExcellenceNomination.
Although online nominations are preferred, nominations may also be submitted using the Nomination Form below. All submissions must follow the format on the form and should include the necessary information and supporting documents. Nominations submitted using the form can be submitted by mail, fax, or e-mail to:
PLAN Awards Committee
118 Locust Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
The Awards Committee will look for specific examples of excellence and will take into consideration commendation letters, relevant news clippings or other documents that strengthen the nomination.
While past recipients of the award are eligible to receive it again, a second award is, traditionally, not presented to someone as an individual. If you have a question as to whether someone you would like to nominate has been a past recipient, you can find a list on the PLAN, Inc. website at: https://palegalaid.net/programs-initiatives/all-plan-award-recipients.
Nominations must be received no later than Monday, November 5, 2018.
If you have other questions, please contact Natalie Bogerman at (800) 322-7572 or (717) 236-9486, ext. 207 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 Excellence Awards Presented on June 6
After severe weather forced the postponement of the 2018 Excellence Awards in March, Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. finally honored the recipients of the 2018 PLAN Excellence Award during the rescheduled Award Banquet on June 6, 2018.
Also honored were the recipients of this year's Outstanding Leadership in Support of Legal Services Award, The Honorable Dick Thornburgh, The Honorable Stewart J. Greenleaf, and The Honorable Ronald S. Marsico.
The Outstanding Leadership in Support of Legal Services Award is presented to recognize the efforts of individuals to support and promote the mission of legal aid which is to ensure equal access to justice so that Pennsylvanians can have legal representation when facing important civil legal concerns affecting their safety, health, shelter and survival.
Tribute videos were presented during the award ceremony outlining the efforts and ongoing support of this mission by the Outstanding Leadership Award recipients. The tribute videos can be viewed below:
The PLAN 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. Nominations are solicited from across Pennsylvania for the awards which are made based 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.
Recipients of the 2018 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Award include:
- Rachel Blake, Esq.
Regional Housing Legal Services
- Patrick M. Cicero, Esq.
Pennsylvania Utility Law Project
- Suzanne Z. Moschini
North Penn Legal Services
- Antoinette C. Oliver, Esq.
Chair, Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership
Partner, Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP
- Mary Coyne Pugh, Esq.
Montgomery Child Advocacy Project
- Randi Riefner
Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania
- Beth Shapiro, Esq.
Community Legal Services
- The Honorable John Thomas
United States Bankruptcy Judge and
The Middle District Bankruptcy Bar Association Pro Bono Program
United States Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
The award ceremony also featured a video tribute of each Excellence Award recipient highlighting their accomplishments. Those videos can be viewed in the playlist below. Individual videos may be selected from the menu accessed in the upper left of the player:
Special Recognition was made during the awards presentation to Susan J. Lucas, Compliance Consultant to the PLAN Network. The recognition was for her work in leading the transition to a new statewide case management system over the last two years. This included the customization and implementation of the system, as well as data migration from the old system and staff training in the use of the new system.