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President Trump’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2019 calls for defunding the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), but LSC leaders remain confident of continued bipartisan Congressional support.

LSC is the nation’s largest single funder of civil legal aid, distributing more than 94% of its funding to more than 800 offices nationwide. These organizations serve low-income individuals, children, families, seniors, and veterans in every congressional district.


The Federal Trade Commission has charged a student loan debt relief operation with bilking more than $28 million from thousands of consumers throughout the country by falsely promising that consumers’ monthly payments would go towards paying off their student loans.

This is the eighth action the FTC has taken in Operation Game of Loans, the first federal-state law enforcement initiative targeting deceptive student loan debt relief scams.


Shriver Center logoThe Clearinghouse Community, part of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, will be holding the February episode of the Advocacy Exchange webcast, entitled How to Defend Low-Wage Workers Against Noncompete Agreements, on Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm Eastern. The Advocacy Exchange is a monthly conversation hosted by the Clearinghouse Community with advocates advancing change.


Attorney General Josh Shapiro led a coalition of 17 Attorneys General in filing comments in opposition to a Trump Administration proposal to eliminate protections that allow employees to keep the tips they have earned. One study suggested this proposed rule change could result in employers taking up to $5.8 billion of workers’ earned tips each year.    


Pennsylvania Health Law Project logoThe Pennsylvania Health Law Project has published the January 2018 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 at


Legal Services Corporation logoThe Legal Services Corproation has announced that, effective February 01, 2018, it is accepting applications under its Herbert S. Garten Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LSC LRAP).  This program awards forgivable one-year loans of $5,600 to attorneys who have worked at an LSC grantee for less than five years to help them repay law school loans. Attorneys must have at least $75,000 in law school debt in order to apply. The deadline for application submissions is Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.  


January 26, 2018

The Department of Defense, through a joint initiative with the Department of Veterans Affairs, is pleased to announce the launch of a web-based tool that will provide customized guidance to veterans who desire to upgrade or change the conditions of their military discharge. 


The Federal Trade Commission will mark Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, January 29-February 2, with a series of free events to help consumers and businesses reduce their chances of becoming victims.

Tax identity theft occurs when a person uses someone else’s Social Security number to either file a tax return and claim the victim’s refund, or to earn wages that are reported as the victim’s income, leaving the victim with the tax bill.


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The Commonwealth Court, in the case of Lowman v. Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, has unanimously held that where an unemployed worker had qualified for unemployment compensation benefits, he would not be later disqualified from receiving benefits because he picked up work with Uber while looking for a new job.  The decision is important for finding that casual work for Uber does not amount to setting up a new business.

Photo: Kadeem Morris, Arlene Marshall-Hockensmith and Sam MilkesArlene Marshall-Hockensmith, the Administrative Officer of Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. was formally announced as one of the newest members of the Dauphin County Board of Directors during the Association's Annual Membership Meeting on January 24, 2018. Attorney Marshall-Hockensmith will serve a two-year term on the Board.