Sam Milkes, Executive DirectorThis BLOG began with the release of our newly designed website. The purpose of the BLOG is to convey information from the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network about activities of interest to the staff, clients, and board members of legal aid programs, as well as the general public. The BLOG is a posting of information. However, those who want to respond can do so. Posted comments are reviewed, and some of these comments will be posted, with consent.

Postings to the BLOG cover many subjects, including the work of legal aid programs, and issues affecting poor people. Also of importance to the vitality of legal services is the budget situation of the governmental bodies supporting our work, and budget and funding information will continue to be covered in future postings.

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Sam Milkes

Yvette Long

PLAN offers its condolences to the family and many friends of Yvette Long who passed away suddenly over the weekend. Yvette is a long-time member of the PLAN Board of Directors, as well as the Board of Directors of Community Legal Services and Philadelphia Legal Assistance.

She was deeply committed to access to justice through civil legal aid programs and to betterment of the lives of low income Pennsylvanians and of low income clients across the United States. This commitment extended beyond just words. It translated into action.

Much of her work was through the PA Welfare Rights Organization. She was effective at advocating for increased funding for PLAN programs, for the prior establishment of a Department of Human Services Employment Project, and for impacting many decisions of DHS, in her role as a leader in Pennsylvania’s Medical Assistance Advisory Committee (MAAC), which impacted Medicaid policy in Pennsylvania and she chaired MAAC’s Consumer Subcommittee; a very active consumer advisory committee, which she made sure provided very effective input.

She was presented with the prestigious Mary Ellen Hamilton Award by the National Legal Aid and Defender Association in 2010, for which PLAN nominated her (following her tenure on that board). She is also a past winner of the PLAN Excellence Award and in 2013 was presented the Outstanding Leadership Award by PLAN, which is highlighted in the video below. We are deeply saddened by her loss and her leadership on behalf of the entire low-income community will be missed by us all.


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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

On Tuesday July 1, I had the pleasure of appearing, along with Senator Stewart Greenleaf and Judge Chester Harhut, on...

Access to Justice
Sam Milkes

Friday, September 27, 2013

The PA House Democratic Policy Committee held a public hearing on September 26 to examine how to better fund fair trials in Pennsylvania.  State Rep. Thomas Caltagirone (D-Berks),...

Sam Milkes

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

I am pleased to announce that as its first vote, upon returning from summer recess, the State House passed...

Access to Justice, Legal Services Funding
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Friday, September 6, 2013

The following was released today for immediate publication by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts:

Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille said...

Sam Milkes

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Fifty years ago today, our country witnessed the remarkable March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. We celebrate that today. In the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, we especially celebrate that...

Sam Milkes

Monday, July 8, 2013

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania issued a decision in the case of ...

Sam Milkes

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille, along with other judges, low-income Pennsylvanians and the lawyers who help them, as well as  community and business leaders,...

Access to Justice, Legal Services Funding, Pro Bono
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

An article entitled A poor excuse for justice by Philadelphia...

Access to Justice, Legal Services Funding, Pro Bono
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Monday, March 18, 2013

On this week's 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Gideon v. Wainwright, I commend to you Sunday's Opinion page of the New York Times, which contains a thought...

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