Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network

he Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Housing Law Group is presenting its 2015 PA Legal Aid Network Housing Law Group Training on  Tuesday, April 14th from 9:00 AM to 4:15 PM at the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, 211 North Front Street, Harrisburg PA 17101. Check-in and continental breakfast begin at 9:00 AM. Substantive training sessions begin at 9:30 AM.


The Honorable Debra McCloskey Todd, Supreme Court of PennsylvaniaThe Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN) honored the recipients of the 2015 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards on March 23, 2015 at the annual awards dinner held at the Hilton Harrisburg. Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Debra McCloskey Todd served as the keynote speaker for the event.


A pilot program that links lawyers who want to volunteer their services with clients unable to afford legal help in the appellate courts has been created by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. The program provides a centralized clearinghouse of lawyers willing to participate and creates a communications network for them to make their services known to those in need.


Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network

The 2015 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Public Benefits Conference will be held on April 23-24, 2015 at the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, 211 North Front Street, 1st Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17101.

Registration is free to staff and client board members of the following PA Legal Aid Network (PLAN) programs: CJP, CLS, FoF, LLS, LASP, MPLS, NLSA, NPLS, NWLS, PHLP, PILP, PLA, PULP, RHLS and SWPLS. Registration includes conference materials, continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks on Thursday, April 23 and full breakfast, morning snacks and lunch on Friday, April 24. Registration for staff of non-PLAN public interest, government, or other non profit organization is $150.00. The cost for all other registrants is $225.00.


Pennsylvania Health Law ProjectThe February 2015 edition of the Health Law PA News has been published by the Pennsylvania Health Law Project. This edition spotlights changes in the medical assistance program in Pennsyvania that will be implemented by the newly installed administration of Governor Tom Wolf.

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


‚ÄčThe Legal Services National Technology Assistance Project will be holding a free webinar training on Microsoft Outlook on March 4, 2015, from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Eastern.

The training will be presented by by Sandy Rylander of Rylander Consulting.


Robert B. Hamilton, Esq.

The MidPenn Low-Income Tax Clinic (LITC) will provide free representation for low-income taxpayers who need legal assistance to resolve disputes with the Internal Revenue Service.  Attorney Robert B. Hamilton has joined the Cumberland County MidPenn Legal Services Office to do this work.

MidPenn Executive Director Rhodia D. Thomas says, “The IRS has provided these grants to better assist taxpayers and encourage voluntary compliance.  It is a complicated area and they want to make it easier to get answers and resolutions.”


The Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI) will be presenting a program entitled Opening the Courthouse Doors to Limited English Proficient Individuals: Language Access in PA Courts and Administrative Agencies on March 16, 2015 from 12:00 pm - 4:15 pm Eastern.

The program will be presented in-person at The CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Bldg (now Macy's), 10th Floor, Ste. 1010, Philadelphia, PA. The program will also be presented live via simulcast at multiple locations and via a live webcast that is available free to legal aid lawyers who qualify for a PBI Payment waiver. Updated  special registration information for legal services attorneys is now available.


Governor Tom Wolf has announced Pennsylvania’s transition to a simple traditional Medicaid expansion plan.

“Today is the first step toward simplifying a complicated process and ensuring hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians have greater access to the health insurance they need,” said Governor Wolf. “Our approach will alleviate confusion, remove unnecessary red tape, and streamline the system so that people can see a doctor when they are sick and health care professionals have more time to concentrate on providing quality care.”


Legal Services CorporationApplications are now being accepted for the Herbert S. Garten Loan Repayment Assistance Program which is administered by the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). 

The Herbert S. Garten Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) was established in 2005 and is funded by a Congressional appropriation. Under the program, LSC makes a limited number of forgivable loans to attorneys employed by its grantee programs to help repay law school debt.