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.


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.


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. 


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.


Pennsylvania Health Law ProjectThe Pennsylvania Health Law Project has published the July 2016 edition of Health Law PA News

Health Law PA News is a free newsletter containing the latest news relating to Health Law in Pennsylvania. You can subscribe to receive the PHLP eNews, which links to the Health Law PA News on the PHLP website.


Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has issued a report of his audit of the Department of Health’s (DOH) oversight of nursing homes.

The audit shows the Department of Health’s lack of documentation, standard protocols, and enforcement allowed problems like neglect and unsanitary conditions in nursing homes to slip through the cracks. The report featured 13 separate findings and 23 recommendations.


The Practising Law Institute has made its recent massive open online course (MOOC) entitled Effective Communication with the Legal Services Client 2016, available for free in an On-Demand format. The course is designed to be taken in five segments with participants being expected to participate each day, but may attend each daily segment any time, day or night.

This course will teach new attorneys and seasoned professionals how to work effectively and cooperatively with their pro bono client.


 David K. Trevaskis, PA Bar Association Pro Bono Coordinator; Carol Mills McCarthy, McCarthy McDonald Schulberg & Joy; Bob Racunas, Neighborhood Legal Services Association.Carol Mills McCarthy, a former president of the Board of Directors of Neighborhood Legal Services Association, was recently honored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association with the Jeffrey A. Ernico Award honoring her exceptional pro bono advocacy efforts. 


The Racial Justice & Equal Economic Opportunity Project of the National Consumer Law Center will be holding a free webinar entitled A Changing Lifeline: 21st Century Update for an Important Low-income Phone Assistance Program on Monday August 8, 2016 from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Eastern. 

The low-income Lifeline telephone assistance program has been increasing the affordability of telephone service since the Reagan and Bush administrations. This webinar will focus on the upcoming changes to the Lifeline program so that more individuals can enroll in the Lifeline program and close the broadband adoption gap in the US.


Comcast and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have announced a major expansion of Comcast's Internet Essentials program for low-income families making an estimated total of up to 2 million HUD-assisted homes eligible for low-cost internet service.