Legal Services CorporationThe Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is forming a new Leaders Council to raise public awareness of the current crisis in legal aid.

The Leaders Council will consist of high-profile and influential leaders from various industries. They include public figures such as former Major League Baseball player Henry "Hank" Aaron, author John Grisham, University of Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh, former Attorney General Eric Holder, Viacom Vice Chair Shari Redstone, and Microsoft Corporation President and CEO Brad Smith. A full list of the more than 40 notable individuals joining the Leaders Council is available online at

Kenneth C. Frazier, CEO of pharmaceutical company Merck & Co., and Harriet Miers, a partner at Locke Lord and former White House Counsel to President George W. Bush, will serve as co-chairs of the Leaders Council.


The Internal Revenue Service has announced that the 2017 Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) grant application period will be open from May 2 to June 20, 2016.

The LITC program is a federal grant program administered by the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate at the IRS, led by the National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. The LITC program awards matching grants of up to $100,000 per year to qualifying organizations to develop, expand or maintain a low income taxpayer clinic.


The Internal Revenue Service has announced it is accepting applications for the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) grant programs.

Interested applicants can find TCE and VITA application packages on All applications must be submitted through by the June 1 deadline. Electronic versions of the grant application package instructions, Publication 1101 for TCE and Publication 4671 for VITA, can be found on


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


In May, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will be holding a series of free webinars open to the public for individuals and organizations who’d like to learn how to put Your Money, Your Goals tools and information to work in their community. The webinars will cover how to plan your own training workshop, how others have adapted the training to fit their organization’s needs, and how you can order free copies of the toolkit. 


Millions of Americans—a disproportionate number of whom are people of color—have criminal records that can be a barrier to housing. In celebration of National Reentry Week, the Shriver Center and the Vera Institute of Justice will host a webinar on April 28, 2016, on fair housing rights for people with criminal records.


Legal Services CorporationThe Legal Services Corporation (LSC), the country’s largest funder of civil legal aid programs for low-income people, has announced the development of online, statewide “legal portals” to direct individuals with civil legal needs to the most appropriate forms of assistance.  LSC will partner with Microsoft Corporation and Pro Bono Net to develop portals for up to two statewide pilots intended to demonstrate how this approach can be replicated as widely as possible in an economic fashion.


Pennsylvania Health Law ProjectThe Pennsylvania Health Law Project has published the March 2016 edition of its Health Law PA News. This 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.


Thomas G. Saylor, Chief Justice of PennsylvaniaThomas G. Saylor, the Chief Justice of Pennsylvania, has directed a letter to all Pennsylvania attorneys, thanking them for their financial support of civil legal aid and for their pro bono help in representing low income clients needing legal help in civil cases, and urging them to make a personal commitment to provide whatever pro bono service they can through direct representation of the poor and financial support of legal aid programs. 


Legal Services Corporation

The Legal Services Corporation has announced a pilot project in which individuals eligible for services as clients at LSC-funded legal aid programs will join LSC staff on visits to assess the quality of legal aid programs. The goal of the project is to explore how LSC can better obtain the client’s perspective in evaluating the services that a legal aid program provides.