Pennsylvania Health Law ProjectThe June 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.


Legal Service National Technology Assistance Project - NTAPThe Legal Services National Technology Assistance Project (LSNTAP) will be holding a free webinar entitield, Intro to Business Process Mapping on Thursday, July 7, 2016 from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Eastern.

Business process mapping can help define what a legal services organization does, who is responsible, and how it can measure success. A business process map can also help organizations effectively incorporate new and emerging technologies into their work. This session will cover the basics of business process mapping in legal aid offices. Speakers from LSC-funded programs in Illinois will lead this discussion and share their experiences.


Legal Services Corporation

The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is requesting session proposals for the 17th Annual Technology Initiative Grants (TIG) Conference in San Antonio, TX, January 11-13, 2017. At the 2016 TIG Conference there were over 40 break-out sessions and 300 attendees.

Proposals are being accepted for four types of conference sessions: Workshop Session; Rapid Fire Talk; Affinity Group; and Hands-On Lab or Technology Demo.


The National Consumer Law Center will be holding free webinars on the topic of Elder Abuse on June 29, 2016 and June 30, 2016. Both webinars will take place from 2:00 pm-3:30 pm Eastern. On June 29 the specific topic of discussion will be Capacity and Vulnerability to Elder Abuse, while the topic of the June 30 webinar will be Legal Responses to Elder Abuse: The Role of APS, Legal Aid, and Protection and Advocacy.

Additional sponsorship for these Webinars are provided by a grant from the Administration for Community Living. This webinar is part of a series of National Elder Rights Training Project webinars for the National Legal Resource Center. There is no charge for these webinars.


The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services has announced a simplified application for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as the food stamp program, for older Pennsylvanians and those with disabilities.

For qualified households the current application was reduced from 24 pages to two and qulaified households will also have a 36-month certification period, as opposed to the current 12-month recertification period.


Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's office has announced that eligible Pennsylvania consumers are expected to receive as much as $16.8 million under a $400 million settlement reached with Apple, Inc. The settlement was reached after the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, the U.S. Department of Justice and attorneys general for 32 other states successfully litigated a lawsuit against Apple in federal court. The lawsuit alleged that Apple conspired with five of the largest e-book publishers in the country to increase the prices of e-books around the time Apple first offered its iPad for sale. 


The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law has announced that 41 Fellows have been selected to participate in the 2016 Racial Justice Training Institute (RJTI). RJTI is a national training program that builds the capacity of low-income people’s advocates to deploy up-to-date racial justice advocacy skills that address the role racism plays in causing and perpetuating poverty.

The RJTI, with generous support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the Pritzker Foundation, includes a combination of online and in-person training completed over a six-month period. Working in teams, and with support from skilled faculty, RJTI participants will gain the skills and knowledge necessary to address structural racialization in housing, education, employment, healthcare, and more.


Former Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. CastillePennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN) has appointed former Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille to its governing board. The board took this action at its regular meeting of June 9, 2016.

Board President, James P. DeAngelo commented, “We are very pleased that Pennsylvania’s retired Chief Justice has agreed to join the Board of PLAN. Retired Chief Justice Castille has had a strong demonstrated history of supporting the provision of civil legal aid and access to justice for those who have nowhere else to turn. We are especially pleased he has agreed to join our board because he not only brings the prestige, knowledge and background of his prior office to the role but also his personal commitment to fairness for those facing major civil legal challenges, such as mortgage foreclosure, domestic violence, threatened eviction or loss of necessary utilities, loss of custody, and many other areas.”


Citizenshipworks​Nearly 9 million immigrants who are eligible to naturalize in the United States now have a first-of-its-kind, free online option that provides a safe and simple journey from green card to citizenship. Citizenshipworks is a new web-based platform – available in English and Spanish – that helps legal permanent residents (green card holders) navigate the naturalization process step-by-step, and can connect them to online or in-person legal help through a national network of nonprofit legal service providers.


Rhodia D. Thompson receives the Grady Award from 2016 United Way Board Chair David M. Kleppinger.Rhodia D. Thomas, the Executive Director of MidPenn Legal Services, which helps low-income residents and victims of domestic violence, was recognized by the United Way of the Capital Region for her outstanding community service.

Thomas received the 2016 Grady Award for her outstanding leadership of her agency, which provides legal services for people throughout Central Pennsylvania in cases ranging from landlord-tenant disputes and mortgage foreclosures to obtaining health coverage.