The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) has announced the availability of an updated publication of “A Guide to Utility Ratemaking.” PUC Commissioner Norman J. Kennard recently updated the original handbook he wrote more than 35 years ago with former PUC Commissioner James H. Cawley. The new 190-page handbook is designed as an introduction to ratemaking for customers and new practitioners and also is a research tool for the more advanced participant. 


The Federal Trade Commission has announced a refund claim process in its case against NutriMost. The Commission has posted a refund claim form online. Consumers who bought the NutriMost Ultimate Fat Loss System in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area between October 1, 2012 and August 9, 2016, are eligible to apply for a refund.


The Internal Revenue Service has announced that the application period for Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) grants for calendar year 2019 will run from May 16, 2018, to June 27, 2018.

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. Under the program, the IRS awards matching grants of up to $100,000 per year to qualifying organizations to develop, expand or maintain an LITC.  An LITC must provide services for free or for no more than a nominal fee.


The Internal Revenue Service has introduced a new online tool on designed to provide faster, easier access to publicly available information about exempt organizations.

"This new tool provides taxpayers an easy way to get information about charitable organizations," said Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter. "Tax-exempt organizations play a critical role in our nation, and this will provide greater insight for people considering donations."


The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation will present the 2018 Louis J. Goffman Award to John F. McKenna of MacElree Harvey Ltd. in West Chester on May 10 during the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Annual Meeting Awards Luncheon in Hershey.

The Goffman Award is named for a late PBA president and recognizes individuals and organizations committed to outstanding pro bono service.


Recognizing the importance of pro bono service, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has approved the creation of a new continuing legal education (CLE) pilot program aimed at increasing support for civil legal aid for low-income Pennsylvanians.

The pilot program will allow licensed Pennsylvania lawyers to earn CLE credit for approved pro bono service in the community through certified legal service providers.


Pennsylvania Health Law ProjectThe April 2018 edition of Health Law PA News has been published by the Pennsylvania Health Law Project. Health Law PA News is a free newsletter containing the latest news relating to Health Law in Pennsylvania.

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Sharon Lopez, President of PA Bar AssociationSharon Lopez, President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association has authored a "Sidebar" article entitled Lawyers Serving the Public Good which will appear in the May/June issue of The Pennsylvania Lawyer, the magazine of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

The article discusses the various ways that Lawyers serve the public in their law practices. 


The National Legal Aid and Defender Association and the U. S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division are presenting a webinar entitled Combatting Sexual Harassment In Housing Through Collaboration on April 25, 2018 from 2:00 pm-3:30 pm Eastern.


2017 PLAN Excellence Award - Photp

The 2018 PA Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards scheduled for March 21, 2018 had to be postponed due to severe weather conditions throughout most of Pennsylvania. We are pleased to announce that the rescheduled date for the event is June 6, 2018.

Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. (PLAN) will honor the 2018 Excellence Award winners as well as three recipients of the Outstanding Leadership in Support of Legal Services Award.