News

share

Here are the latest news items of interest to the legal aid community and it's clients. Click the article headline for the full story.

For more news, see the latest from our companion sites at the links below:


09/23/2016

Visit www.SocialSecurity.govOn Monday, September 26, 2016 the Social Security Administration will publish final rules, effective January 17, 2017, that revise medical criteria for evaluating mental disorders. This regulation is a comprehensive revision to the criteria for evaluating disability claims involving mental disorders.

The final rule is the last step in a careful, deliberative process that engaged relevant stakeholders, including current disability beneficiaries and their family members, mental-health physicians and treatment providers, and advocacy groups for those with mental disorders. It also reflects information from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth edition, the mental health profession's current standard classification of mental disorders. 

PLAN E-News
09/23/2016

The National Legal Aid and Defender Association will be hosting a webinar entitled Advocacy to Combat Inequitable and Unconstitutional Imposition, and Enforcement of Court Fines and Fees on October 5, 2016 from 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Eastern.

Attend this free program to learn what you and your program can do to support your clients, including how LSC-funded programs can engage in significant advocacy efforts while still complying with LSC restrictions.

PLAN E-News
09/19/2016

As part of its desire for wider participation in the groups which provide it advice and recommendations, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is undertaking a new initiative making it easier for people to express interest in being appointed to court advisory panels.

Legal training, experience and expertise are necessary for many assignments, but there are appointments for nonattorneys as well.

PLAN E-News
09/16/2016

The 2016 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Conference will take place on September 29-30, 2016 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. CLE credits are available for attorneys who attend qualifying sessions.

PLAN E-News
09/14/2016

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today that it is publishing a final rule formalizing legal standards under the Fair Housing Act for sexual and other forms of harassment in housing. In addition, HUD is issuing Fair Housing Act guidance on local 'nuisance ordinances' that may lead to housing discrimination against survivors of domestic violence and other persons in need of emergency services.

PLAN E-News