Legal Services CorporationVice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Antonin Scalia, and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will join more than 100 leaders of the legal community, government, and the private sector September 14-16 at a wide-ranging legal aid conference in Washington to mark the 40th anniversary of the Legal Services Corporation.

In addition to speeches, LSC’s 40th Anniversary Kick-Off will feature a dozen panel discussions on a wide variety of topics, including “Expanding and Diversifying Sources of Funding,” “Stimulating Innovation to Increase Access to Justice,” “The Impact of Pro Bono Lawyers on the Justice Gap,” and “The Importance of Access to Justice and the Rule of Law to American Business.”


Philadelphia Legal AssistanceThe Legal Services Corporation has announced that Philadelphia Legal Assistance is one of the 11 legal aid organizations selected to receive grants from its new Pro Bono Innovation Fund to support projects that develop replicable innovations in pro bono services for low-income clients.

The Philadelphia Legal Assistance project will use the network of existing neighborhood public health centers in Philadelphia to create a pro bono, law- student-driven Medical-Legal Community Partnership that will improve access to comprehensive, coordinated health and legal care. The grant will provide PLA with $240,305 to fund the project over two years.


Associate Attorney General Tony West, Assistant Attorney General Stuart F. Delery for the Civil Division and members of the Department’s Elder Justice Initiative met with stakeholders in the field of elder abuse and financial exploitation on September 8, 2014 to launch the Elder Justice website in an effort to further prevent and combat elder abuse and financial exploitation.

The Elder Justice website will serve as a resource for elder abuse prosecutors, researchers and practitioners, and most importantly, for victims of elder abuse and their families. This website will also serve as a forum for law enforcement and elder justice policy communities to share information and enhance public awareness about elder abuse.


The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service (ABA) and the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) are seeking session proposals for the 2015 Equal Justice Conference which will be held May 7-9, 2014 in Austin, Texas. This conference is designed to bring together all components of the legal community committed to ensuring civil equal justice for the poorest, most disadvantaged people and communities in our society.


The statewide Loan Repayment Assistance Program ("LRAP") begins its fifth year of helping attorneys employed in IOLTA-funded civil legal services organizations better manage their undergraduate and law school debt on September 2, 2014, albeit with significant changes in the program.

The LRAP is a direct result of the 2006 Report and Recommendation of the PBA Task Force on Student Loan Forgiveness and Repayment Assistance and the leadership of Chief Justice Ronald Castille and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania who dedicated the revenue generated by pro hac vice fees (the admission fee charged to out-of-state attorneys seeking to enter an appearance in a Pennsylvania case) to support of the program.


This provides a list of links containing information on the approval of the Healthy Pennsylvania Program by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that will extend Medicaid coverage to nearly 600,000 uninsured Pennsylvanians.


Award Honors Efforts Providing Veterans with Permanent Supportive Housing

The Departments of Aging and Public Welfare, along with the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), have announced that individuals and organizations that are creating permanent supportive housing opportunities for veterans can be nominated for the state’s 2014 Supportive Housing Award.

This year, the award will recognize significant efforts to increase the availability of permanent supportive housing for veterans living in Pennsylvania.


Pennsylvania Health Law ProjectThe Pennsylvania Health Law Project released the following statement on August 28, 2014 regarding the Approval of the Healthy Pennsylvania Plan to expand Medicaid:

On behalf of our clients, the Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP) welcomes today’s announcement that Pennsylvania will soon expand Medicaid to cover adults with incomes up to 138 percent of poverty. This is an important step towards all Pennsylvanians realizing the promise of the Affordable Care Act.

The agreement means nearly 600,000 uninsured Pennsylvanians will qualify for Medicaid coverage beginning in January 2015. It will offer tremendous relief to many of our uninsured clients, among them the low-wage workers -- our fast food cooks, cashiers, clerks, and bus drivers, for example – who are not offered or cannot afford work-based insurance. ...


Governor Tom Corbett has made an historic announcement that the state has secured agreement with the federal government to implement the portion of his Healthy Pennsylvania plan that will improve and bring financial stability to the state’s Medicaid program so that the state can increase access to quality, affordable health care through the private insurance market.

The Healthy Pennsylvania plan focuses on personal responsibility and healthy behaviors; aligning benefits to match health care needs; promoting financial independence through access to job training and employment resources; and increasing access to private, commercial coverage for eligible Pennsylvanians.


The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has announced that borrowers who prepay their FHA-insured mortgages will not have to make interest payments beyond the date their mortgage is paid in full.  FHA’s rule, Handling Prepayments: Eliminating Post-Payment Interest Charges, applies for FHA-insured mortgages closed on or after January 21, 2015.   

This rule  explicitly prohibits lenders from charging borrowers post settlement interest, which is broadly defined as a “prepayment penalty” by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), for all FHA Single Family mortgage products and programs.