Legal Services CorproationThe Legal Services Corporation (LSC) has asked Congress for $502.7 million for Fiscal Year 2017, more than 90% of which goes to basic field grants that fund civil legal assistance to low-income Americans in every congressional district. This is an increase of $15.8 million over last year’s budget request. 


Pennsylvania health Law ProjectThe January 2016 edition of Health Law PA News is now available from the Pennsylvania Health Law Project. 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.


National Consumer Law Center

The National Consumer Law Center will be holding a free webinar entitled Recognizing and Remedying Elder Financial Abuse in Medicaid Denials on February 16, 2016 from 2:00 pm-3:30 pm Eastern.

This webinar will focus on the intersection of elder financial abuse and public benefits cases, including the underlying financial stresses of elders who are vulnerable to these types of abuses.


Youth Justice Project‚ÄčIn response to the unique challenges that youth in Philadelphia face every day, Community Legal Services (CLS) and Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA) have launched the Youth Justice Project (YJP). Using a holistic and collaborative model, YJP seeks to transform the way legal services are provided to low-income and vulnerable youth ages 16-24 who face tremendous and varying challeges in their day-to-day life.


Lega Services CorporationThe 16th Annual Technology Initiative Grants (TIG) Conference, sponsored by the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), will be held on January 13–15 at the Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk, 111 E. Pecan St., San Antonio, Texas.

The TIG Conference is the only national event focused exclusively on the use of technology to address the civil legal needs of low-income Americans. Members of the legal aid and technology communities gather to learn about effective new technology, network with colleagues from around the country and the globe, and cultivate new project ideas.


President Judge Mary Hannah LeavittThe Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has announced the election of Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt as its president judge.

Judge Leavitt succeeds Senior Judge Dan Pellegrini, whose term as president judge ended on Dec. 31, 2015. (Judge Bernard McGinley was elected interim president judge until the election on January 4th.) Judge Leavitt began her 15th year on the Commonwealth Court bench in January.


Pennsylvania utility Law ProjectOn the eve of Christmas, the Public Utility Commission released the results of its annual Cold Weather Survey. The report indicates that 24,175 households in Pennsylvania will enter the winter without heat or are using an unsafe heating source.

The Pennsylvania Utility Law Project (PULP) sees a number of concerning trends in this report.


Pennsylvania Health Law ProjectThe Pennsylvania Health Law Project has released the December 2015 edition of its Health Law PA News. Health Law PA News is a free monthly newsletter that is distributed by email along with the monthly PHLP eNews & Health Law PA News. You can subscribe to the eNews on the PHLP website at


Legal Services CorporationThe Legal Services Corporation (LSC) has announced that seven legal aid organizations will receive grants from its new G. Duane Vieth Leadership Development Program, LSC’s first grant initiative to support training in leadership skills in the field of civil legal aid.

Generously funded by the Arnold & Porter LLP Foundation, the program will award grants each year to leaders of LSC-funded organizations to support training, coaching, or other professional development in non-profit leadership skills.


Excellence Awards 2016

The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards.  

Each year, PLAN requests nominations from across the Commonwealth and honors individuals, groups, and/or organizations that have established excellence and diligence improving the availability and quality of civil legal services for low income people and victims of domestic violence in Pennsylvania.