The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law will be holding a webinar entitled Ensuring Fair Housing for People with Criminal Records: A Conversation with HUD on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Eastern. 

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued groundbreaking guidance stating that admission denials, evictions, and other adverse housing decisions based on a person’s criminal record may constitute racial discrimination under the Fair Housing Act. The webinar will feature an overview of the guidance, an interview with a HUD official, and a live Q&A session including questions from attendees. 


Celebrate Pro Bono logoThe 2016 National Celebration of Pro Bono will take place on October 23-29, 2016. 

In Pennsylvania the Celebration extends throughout the month of October. There are numerous events scheduled around the state providing opportunities to join the Celebration. A list of events taking place in Pennsylvania during October may be viewed on


The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) will be holding a free webinar entitled Your Clients' Individual Taxpayer Identification Number Will Expire: Legal Aid Can Help on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm.

This free webinar will feature representatives from the IRS's Stakeholder Partnerships, Education & Communication (SPEC) to talk about how expiring ITINs might impact your clients - and how you can help - and will share details about how the expanded Certified Acceptance Agent program could be an additional way to facilitate renewal.


Pennsylvania Health Law ProjectThe September 2016 edition of Health Law PA News has been published by the Pennsylvania Health Law Project. 

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.


Friends of FarmworkersFriends of Farmworkers & La Puerta Abierta invite interested organizations to a free program they are hosting entitled Instituto de Promotora, a project of the Los Angeles Women's Center, on November 3, 2016 from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm at Puentes de Salud, 1700 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

The promotora model develops community leadership, capacity, and  access to services. The model has been adapted to address public health, violence prevention and other community issues. 


PILP - Pennsylvania Institutional Law ProjectThe ACLU of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project (PILP) filed a federal lawsuit on September 26, 2016 on behalf of Niara Burton, a transgender woman who has been incarcerated in seven different male prisons by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) over the past four years. 

During her incarceration, Burton has been subjected to repeated sexual harassment and abuse, including being raped by another prisoner and forced by a guard to perform oral sex.  The lawsuit alleges that the DOC has failed to put policies and training in place to ensure the safety of transgender women inmates and asks that she be placed in a women’s prison.


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. 


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.


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.


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.