A new law, the Protection From Sexual Violence and Intimidation Act, went into effect in Pennsyvania on July 1, 2015. The new law offers additional protections to victims of sexual violence and intimidation who may not fall under the coverage of Pennsylvania's Protection From Abuse Act.

The Protection From Sexual Violence and Intimidation (PSVI) Act applies to adults and minors who are victims of sexual violence, harassment, stalking, and intimidation when the person who is abusing them is not a member of their family or household.


The trial team in the case of Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania v. Wetzell was named as a finalist for the Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year Award. Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project (PILP) attorneys Angus R. Love and Su Ming Yeh were members of the litigation team on the case. 


The Internal Revenue Service has released proposed regulations implementing a new federal law authorizing states to offer specially-designed tax-favored ABLE accounts to people with disabilities who became disabled before age 26.


The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Employment Law Groups will be presenting its 2015 Employment/Unemployment Compensation Training on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at the Dauphin County Bar Association in Harrisburg.

A limited number of hotel rooms are available at a special rate to PLAN program staff attending this event. In order to reserve a hotel room you must register online for the event by June 8, 2015.


Legal Services CorporationThe U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 that would cut funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) in Fiscal Year 2016 by $75 million. The measure passed by a vote of 242-183.

The Commerce, Justice, Science & Related Agencies (CJS) FY 2016 Appropriations bill allocates $300 million for LSC, a 20% reduction from last year.


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The May 2015 edition of the Health Law PA News, a free monthly newsletter from the Pennsylvania Health Law Project is now avaiable.

This edition features articles on Managed Long Term Services and Supports Public Hearings; Medicaid Enrollment After Expansion; MATP; Medicaid Managed Care; Governor Wolf Acts to Protect Those Receiving Help Paying for Marketplace Coverage; Public Comments on 2017 Essential Health Benefit Benchmark Plan; and a State Bill Regulating Marketplace Navigators Gains Momentum. 


In an effort to increase the pool of attorneys available to provide civil legal services to those who cannot afford them, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has increased support for a student debt loan program for attorneys who work for legal aid organizations. The increased funiding for loan assistance will come from an increase in the fees charged out-of-state lawyers to practice in Pennsylvania courts. 


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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced a Conciliation Agreement with the Housing Authority of the City of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, settling allegations the housing authority discriminated against Hispanic households.  The agreement resolves claims the housing authority violated the housing rights of Spanish-speaking applicants and tenants by requiring them to supply interpreters in order to communicate with housing authority staff and by denying them limited English proficiency services.

The case came to HUD’s attention when six Latino families represented by the Community Justice Project, a non-profit public interest law firm serving Pennsylvania, complained that the Hazleton Housing Authority subjected Latino applicants and residents to different rental terms and conditions in violation of the Fair Housing Act.


Pennsylvania Health Law ProjectThe April 2015 edition of the Health Law PA News, a free monthly newsletter from the Pennsylvania Health Law Project, is now available. For prior editions or more information about the Pennsylvania Health Law Project, please visit their website at


The Internal Revenue Service has announced the opening of the 2016 Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) grant application process.

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.