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 CorporationThe 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.  


2016 Excellence Award Banquet - March 15‚ÄčThe Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN) honored the recipients of the 2016 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards on March 15, 2016 at the annual awards dinner held at the Hilton Harrisburg.

The Keynote Speaker at the event was The Honorable J. Richard Gray, Mayor of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, who began his career as a legal aid attorney and later served as the director of the legal aid program serving Central Pennsylvania.


The Pennsylvania Health Law Project has published the February 2016 edition of its Health Law PA News. This is a free newsletter containing the latest news relating to Health Care law in Pennsylvania. You can subscribe to receive the PHLP eNews, which links to the Health Law PA News on the PHLP website


Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network

Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. will host a webinar for PLAN program staff entitled Sealing the Record on March 24, 2016 from 2:00 pm-3:00 pm. The webinar will be presented by Sharon Dietrich and Jamie Gullen of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia. 


Pennsylvania Legal Aid NetworkThe Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Utility Law Group will be presenting its 2016 Utility Law Group Meeting/CLE Training on Wednesday, March 15, 2016 at the Dauphin County Bar Association in Harrisburg.

This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 4.0 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit.

Click Here to view the Agenda for the program.


The Practising Law Institute is offering a free one-hour briefing via webcast entitled How to Use Maps to Support Your Work with Low-Income Communities on March 24, 2016 at 1:00 pm Eastern.

Please join Robert Hammond and Jay Ackley from Legal Services NYC as they demonstrate how user-friendly online mapping software can support the goals of legal services providers work with low-income communities.