Pennsylvania Legal Services Honors Winners of 2004 PLS Excellence Awards

Award Winners Susan E. Sherman, Catherine Carr, Judge Phyllis W. Beck and Carl (Tobey) Oxholm III

Pennsylvania Legal Services awarded its 2004 PLS Excellence Awards on March 10, 2004. The PLS Excellence Awards honor and celebrate some of the extraordinary people who are part of legal services community or who contribute their time and talents to legal aid programs and their clients across the state.

Award winners include pro bono volunteers, legal services staff and community leaders who excel in lending their assistance to Pennsylvania's legal aid programs and their clients.

The 2004 PLS Excellence Award Winners are:

  • Senator Jane Earll & Representative Frank Oliver
    Pennsylvania Legislature
  • Carl (Tobey) Oxholm III
    General Counsel, Drexel University, Philadelphia
  • Catherine C. Carr
    Executive Director, Community Legal Services, Philadelphia
  • Rebecca Peace
    Chief Counsel, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, Harrisburg
  • Susan E. Sherman & Judge Phyllis W. Beck
    The Independence Foundation, Philadelphia
  • Clara Coleman
    Client Advocate and Board Member, Pennsylvania Legal Services, Pittsburgh
  • William McLaughlin
    Legal Services Paralegal, North Penn Legal Services, Wilkes-Barre
  • Gerry Redmond
    Legal Services Paralegal, Neighborhood Legal Services Association, Butler
  • Howard Miskey
    Legal Services Attorney, MidPenn Legal Services, Lebanon

The recipients were recognized at the annual awards dinner which was held at the Harrisburg Hilton and Towers. Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell was the keynote speaker for the event.

A video tribute highlighting the accomplishments of each of the award winners was shown as part of the presentation of the awards. Those videos may be viewed below.

Pennsylvania Legal Services wishes to thank and acknowledge the following for their generous support and sponsorship of the 2004 Awards Banquet:


Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP
Blank Rome LLP
Dechert LLP
Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
Kim, Geoff and Ted Oxholm
Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency
Pepper Hamilton LLP
PQ Corporation
John and Charlene Roberts
Saul Ewing LLP
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, LLP
Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young, LLP
Wolf, Block, Schorr & Solis-Cohen, LLP


Christie Pabarue Mortensen & Young, PC
Dilworth Paxson LLP
Drexel University
Drexel University College of Medicine
Drexel University Office of the Provost
Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP
Fox Rothschild, LLP
Hershey Foods Corporation
Joyce Miller & Associates, PC
McCarter & English, LLP
Palmer & Cay of Pennsylvania, LLC
Pennsylvania IOLTA
Philadelphia Bar Association
Suzanne Turner
Temple University, Beasley School of Law
UBS Financial Services
Villanova University School of Law
Young & McGilvery, PC

Additionally, PLS would like to thank the many individuals who made contributions to Pennsylvania Legal Services in honor of the 2004 PLS Excellence Award winners.

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