Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Conference

The 2019 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Conference will be held on September 19-20, 2019 at the Hilton Harrisburg, with a pre-conference day of programs on September 18, 2019. The conference will feature many helpful workshops for legal services staff, board members and other friends of the legal services community. CLE credits are available for attorneys who attend qualifying sessions.  The number of CLE credits being offered is still being calculated and will be added to the registration shortly. 

2019 PLAN Conference at a Glance


Conference Registration is free for staff and board members of Pennsylvania’s network of legal aid programs. If you are a staff member or board member of one of our legal aid programs and you need hotel reservations, please indicate that on the registration form. We will add your name to the rooming list. Room, tax and self-parking will be direct billed to PLAN and our fiscal department will reconcile later with your program. 

Registration for staff of Non-PLAN public interest, government or other nonprofit organization is $275.00. The cost for all other registrants is $450.00. 

Registration includes meals and conference materials.

Pre-Conference Programs:

This year on the pre-conference day, Wednesday, September 18, 2019, PLAN, Inc. is sponsoring a one-day Compliance Refresher for PLAN Programs at the conference site, the Hilton Harrisburg. The agenda for the Compliance Refresher program is still being developed.

A Pre-Conference Trial Advocay Skills Training geared toward new advocates will also be held on September 18, 2019. Separate registration is required for this training. More information on Trial Advocay Skills Training is below and on its event page.

Hotel Accommodations 

The cost for a hotel room is $145 per night plus tax, for a single or double occupancy plus a $10 self parking fee. To receive hotel reservations at the discounted conference rate PLAN member program staff must check the box(s) on the registration indicating the nights you will need an overnight room.  If you need a room PLAN non-member staff persons should indicate their overnight needs on the registration form and PLAN will make the hotel reservation but you will need to provide payment for the room on your own. Thank you.



PLEASE NOTE:  The Hilton Harrisburg is a non-smoking hotel.

Cancellation Policy

There will be a fee of $50 charged for all cancellations received after September 20, regardless of whether it is a “legal aid network registration” or a “non-legal aid registration. 

Your program will be charged for the first night if reservations are not canceled within 24 hours prior to arrival or if you requested a reservation and are a no show.

For additional information on the PLAN Conference please contact Kelly Bock-Yeckley at

2019 Pre-Conference Trial Advocacy Skills Training

On September 18, 2019, PLAN, Inc. will host a pre-conference trial advocacy skills training. This interactive training will combine lectures with small group workshop activities utilizing a hypothetical family law case file. Note this training will include a homework assignment.

Materials including an agenda and instructions will be provided in advance of the training. All participants must come prepared to actively participate in the training.

The target training audience for this program is PLAN attorneys with less than five years of practice experience. Experienced attorneys are welcome to attend should space be available. However, priority will be given to our intended audience. The goal of this training is to assist public interest attorneys in honing their trial advocacy skills. 

CLE Credit: This pre-conference program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 7.0 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit.

This training is limited to 20 participants. Additional registrations will be waitlisted. For questions about this program please contact Arlene Marshall-Hockensmith at For logistical and registration questions please contact Rena Weaver at

UPDATE: Registration for the trial advocacy skills training is now full. Future registrants will be waitlisted.  Waitlisted registrants will be contacted in the order received should a space become available.

Registration: Registration for PLAN program staff is free. If you are a PLAN staff member who will need hotel accommodations, please indicate your request on the registration form. Your name will be added to our rooming list and the costs, including room, tax, and self-parking will billed to your program. Click below to register for the training:

Trial Advocacy - Register for Waitlist

2018 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Conference

The 2018 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Conference was held on September 27-28, 2018 at the Hilton Harrisburg. Pre-conference programs were held on September 26, 2018 at the Hilton Harrisburg. 

The conference offered an opportunity for legal aid staff and colleagues to gather and share information and experiences.

Forty-two workshop were offered on a variety of topics. Expert presenters from both within and outside the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network shared their knowledge, expertise and insights with the attendees to enhance their skill and ability to represent low-income individuals.

A pre-conference Trial Advocacy Skills Training program on September 26, 2018. This program offered instruction and practical skills needed to improve the participants ability to represent clients in trial advocacy environments.

Also on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, PLAN, Inc. is sponsored a one-day LegalServer Pre-conference Training. Topics covered included New Tools & Enhancements, Supervisory Reports and Compliance Monitoring, a refresher on Forms, Processes, and Branch Logic, and an API Workshop. Ron Wilhoite and Jeff Hogue of LegalServer led the workshop sessions.

Information on the conference agenda and related events is available on the conference app website at


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