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08/17/2016

The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law will be hosting an online conversation entitled 20 Years After Welfare Reform: What’s Next?, on Thursday August 18, 2016 from 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Eastern. This discussion will talk with advocates who were there when welfare reform took place 20 years ago and who remain engaged in promoting the best policies to curb child poverty.

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08/16/2016

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued an Order on August 12, 2016 adopting amendments to Rules 4001-4016 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Judicial Administration relating to court reporting and transcripts.

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08/15/2016

The application period for the PA IOLTA Loan Repayment Assistance Programs will open on September 1, 2016. Lawyers employed by the IOLTA-funded civil legal services organizations providing free legal services to low-income Pennsylvanians have from September 1 through October 17 to apply for student loan repayment assistance from Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP), which is administered by the Pennsylvania Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (PA IOLTA) Board and the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation.

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08/15/2016

Pennsylvania Bar Association - Your Other PartnerIn early October, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and 29 county bar associations are launching a statewide educational campaign, Understanding Expungement and Limited Access to Criminal Records, which focuses on Pennsylvania’s crimes code and a law that goes into effect Nov. 1 offering a new option to address criminal history record information. 

The public education campaign is funded by the PBA and a grant from the Pennsylvania Bar Insurance and Trust Fund. It is the 13th in a series of statewide public education efforts conducted under the direction of the PBA Community and Public Relations Committee. Previous campaigns have addressed such issues as reporting child abuse, education rights of exceptional children, child support, wills and estates, identity theft and credit issues. 

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08/08/2016

Report on the Future of Legal Services in the United States (Cover)

The American Bar Association Commission on Future of Legal Services has released its final report & recommendations. The report found that the American public faces significant, unmet legal needs that require considerably more innovation and other efforts to bolster access to affordable legal services.

The commission, releasing findings from a two-year study, offered 10 recommendations to build on past national efforts and to ensure that everyone has meaningful assistance for essential legal means. The recommendations call for sweeping changes to both the civil and criminal systems of justice.

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