‚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.


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.


Governor Tom Wolf has announced that Pennsylvania families enrolled in Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Buy-in Plan will be able to enroll in new plans during an extended enrollment period.

The Wolf Administration also announced that affected families will not face a tax penalty for 2014 or through the extended enrollment period in 2015. The federal government previously determined that Pennsylvania’s CHIP Buy-in Plan does not qualify for recognition as minimum essential coverage (MEC) because it does not meet certain requirement(s); therefore, families are required to find new health plans for their children.


Pennsylvania Health Law ProjectThe January 2015 edition of Health Law PA News has been published by the Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP). Health Law PA News is a free monthly newsletter produced by PHLP. For prior editions or more information about the Pennsylvania Health Law Project, please visit their website at


Legal Services Corporation

The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) has announced the launch of the G. Duane Vieth Leadership Development Program, LSC’s first national grant initiative to support training in leadership skills in the field of civil legal aid. The program is generously funded by The Arnold & Porter LLP Foundation.

Each year, LSC will award up to 15 grants to leaders of LSC-funded legal aid programs. The grants may be used to support training, coaching, or other professional development in non-profit leadership skills, including data management and evaluation, maximizing client service with limited resources, finance and accounting, and smart use of information technology.


Legal Services CorporationThe Legal Services Corporation (LSC) submitted its budget reequest to Congress on February 2, 2015,  asking for for $486.9 million for Fiscal Year 2016, approximately the same level of funding requested for the past two years.


Legal Services CorporationThe Legal Services Corporation (LSC) has issued a Request for Letters of Intent to Apply for 2015 Grant Funding describing the conditions for submitting Letters of Intent to Apply for 2015 funding under the Pro Bono Innovation Fund.

The Pro Bono Innovation Fund is LSC’s newest competitive grant program. It was created after the LSC Board of Directors formed a Pro Bono Task Force in 2011 to identify ways to better engage pro bono lawyers and other volunteers to serve low-income people.


U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro has awarded $1.8 billion in grants to help nearly 8,400 local homeless housing and service programs across the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.   The Continuum of Care grants announced support the Administration’s efforts to end homelessness by providing critically needed housing and support services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness across the country.