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07/26/2016

The Practising Law Institute has made its recent massive open online course (MOOC) entitled Effective Communication with the Legal Services Client 2016, available for free in an On-Demand format. The course is designed to be taken in five segments with participants being expected to participate each day, but may attend each daily segment any time, day or night.

This course will teach new attorneys and seasoned professionals how to work effectively and cooperatively with their pro bono client.

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07/26/2016

 David K. Trevaskis, PA Bar Association Pro Bono Coordinator; Carol Mills McCarthy, McCarthy McDonald Schulberg & Joy; Bob Racunas, Neighborhood Legal Services Association.Carol Mills McCarthy, a former president of the Board of Directors of Neighborhood Legal Services Association, was recently honored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association with the Jeffrey A. Ernico Award honoring her exceptional pro bono advocacy efforts. 

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07/26/2016

The Racial Justice & Equal Economic Opportunity Project of the National Consumer Law Center will be holding a free webinar entitled A Changing Lifeline: 21st Century Update for an Important Low-income Phone Assistance Program on Monday August 8, 2016 from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Eastern. 

The low-income Lifeline telephone assistance program has been increasing the affordability of telephone service since the Reagan and Bush administrations. This webinar will focus on the upcoming changes to the Lifeline program so that more individuals can enroll in the Lifeline program and close the broadband adoption gap in the US.

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07/26/2016

Comcast and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have announced a major expansion of Comcast's Internet Essentials program for low-income families making an estimated total of up to 2 million HUD-assisted homes eligible for low-cost internet service.

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07/26/2016

Pennsylvania Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne has announced that the department has received a federal grant to enhance and strengthen Pennsylvania's senior legal service delivery systems. The grant will enable the department to further protect the rights, health, and safety of older Pennsylvanians, with a focus on victims of elder abuse and exploitation.

The purpose of the grant is to implement a well-integrated and cost-effective legal service delivery system that maximizes the impact of limited legal resources for older Pennsylvanians with the greatest need. The department will fulfill the grant requirements through a partnership with the SeniorLAW Center, a non-profit organization which improves the lives of older Pennsylvanians and protects their rights through legal representation, education, and advocacy.

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