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Pennsylvania Legal Aid NetworkRegistration is now open for the 2014 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Conference. The conference will take place on May 20 -21, 2014 at the Hilton Harrisburg.

The conference will feature many helpful workshops for legal services staff, board members and other friends of the legal services community. CLICK HERE to view the Conference at a Glance listing the workshops for the conference.


On April 15, 2014, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty will release a report entitled From Wrongs to Rights: The Case for Homeless Bills of Rights Legislation. A webinar discussing the report will also be conducted on April 15 from 2:00 pm -3:00 pm Eastern.

The report, co-authored with Professor Sara Rankin of Seattle University School of Law, describes the need for homeless bills of rights legislation, provides insight into the various models of the laws that have emerged, and offers homeless advocates with guidance on how to enact such laws in their own states.


Pennsylvania Health Law ProjectThe March edition of the Health Law PA News, a free monthly newsletter from the Pennsylvania Health Law Project has been published and is now available from the Project.

For prior editions or more information about the Pennsylvania Health Law Project, please see their website at


Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. CastilleDuring his final year on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille is making his last formal plea to lawyers to support the Commonwealth's civil legal aid programs by providing pro bono service through direct representation and financial contributions.

In a letter to Pennsylvania's approximately 70,000 registered lawyers, the chief justice joined with Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) President Forest N. Myers in calling on attorneys to make a personal commitment to provide pro bono service. The reminder of their ethical duty to provide public service is being widely distributed to the legal community by the courts and PBA.


The Federal Trade Commission has moved to close down a multi-million dollar telemarketing fraud that targeted U.S. seniors across the nation, scamming tens of thousands of consumers.

In some instances, the telemarketers who carried out the fraud impersonated government and bank officials, and enticed consumers to disclose their confidential bank account information to facilitate the fraud. The defendants used that account information to create checks drawn on the consumers’ bank accounts.