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05/21/2015

In an effort to increase the pool of attorneys available to provide civil legal services to those who cannot afford them, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has increased support for a student debt loan program for attorneys who work for legal aid organizations. The increased funiding for loan assistance will come from an increase in the fees charged out-of-state lawyers to practice in Pennsylvania courts. 

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05/13/2015

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced a Conciliation Agreement with the Housing Authority of the City of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, settling allegations the housing authority discriminated against Hispanic households.  The agreement resolves claims the housing authority violated the housing rights of Spanish-speaking applicants and tenants by requiring them to supply interpreters in order to communicate with housing authority staff and by denying them limited English proficiency services.

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The case came to HUD’s attention when six Latino families represented by the Community Justice Project, a non-profit public interest law firm serving Pennsylvania, complained that the Hazleton Housing Authority subjected Latino applicants and residents to different rental terms and conditions in violation of the Fair Housing Act.

PLAN E-News
05/06/2015

Pennsylvania Health Law ProjectThe April 2015 edition of the Health Law PA News, a free monthly newsletter from the Pennsylvania Health Law Project, is now available. For prior editions or more information about the Pennsylvania Health Law Project, please visit their website at www.phlp.org

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05/04/2015

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the opening of the 2016 Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) grant application process.

The LITC program is a federal grant program administered by the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate at the IRS, led by the National Taxpayer Advocate, Nina E. Olson. The LITC program awards matching grants of up to $100,000 per year to qualifying organizations to develop, expand or maintain a low income taxpayer clinic.

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05/04/2015

The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD program is currently accepting applictions from eligible law students for its Summer Start term. Applications for the Summer Start term must be submitted by June 1, 2015 with a start date between May 1 and June 30.

The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD program provides law students with the opportunity to deliver critically needed legal assistance in low-income and underserved communities across the country.

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