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Legal Services Corporation

The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is requesting session proposals for the 17th Annual Technology Initiative Grants (TIG) Conference in San Antonio, TX, January 11-13, 2017. At the 2016 TIG Conference there were over 40 break-out sessions and 300 attendees.

Proposals are being accepted for four types of conference sessions: Workshop Session; Rapid Fire Talk; Affinity Group; and Hands-On Lab or Technology Demo.


The National Consumer Law Center will be holding free webinars on the topic of Elder Abuse on June 29, 2016 and June 30, 2016. Both webinars will take place from 2:00 pm-3:30 pm Eastern. On June 29 the specific topic of discussion will be Capacity and Vulnerability to Elder Abuse, while the topic of the June 30 webinar will be Legal Responses to Elder Abuse: The Role of APS, Legal Aid, and Protection and Advocacy.

Additional sponsorship for these Webinars are provided by a grant from the Administration for Community Living. This webinar is part of a series of National Elder Rights Training Project webinars for the National Legal Resource Center. There is no charge for these webinars.


The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services has announced a simplified application for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as the food stamp program, for older Pennsylvanians and those with disabilities.

For qualified households the current application was reduced from 24 pages to two and qulaified households will also have a 36-month certification period, as opposed to the current 12-month recertification period.


Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's office has announced that eligible Pennsylvania consumers are expected to receive as much as $16.8 million under a $400 million settlement reached with Apple, Inc. The settlement was reached after the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, the U.S. Department of Justice and attorneys general for 32 other states successfully litigated a lawsuit against Apple in federal court. The lawsuit alleged that Apple conspired with five of the largest e-book publishers in the country to increase the prices of e-books around the time Apple first offered its iPad for sale. 


The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law has announced that 41 Fellows have been selected to participate in the 2016 Racial Justice Training Institute (RJTI). RJTI is a national training program that builds the capacity of low-income people’s advocates to deploy up-to-date racial justice advocacy skills that address the role racism plays in causing and perpetuating poverty.

The RJTI, with generous support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the Pritzker Foundation, includes a combination of online and in-person training completed over a six-month period. Working in teams, and with support from skilled faculty, RJTI participants will gain the skills and knowledge necessary to address structural racialization in housing, education, employment, healthcare, and more.