Chief Justice Thomas G SaylorChief Justice Thomas G. Saylor has asked lawyers to support the Commonwealth’s civil legal aid programs by providing pro bono service through direct representation and financial contributions.

In a letter to Pennsylvania’s approximately 70,000 registered lawyers, the chief justice also thanked attorneys for their support of legal aid programs as a component of their annual attorney registration fees. The letter is being widely distributed to the legal community by the courts and the Pennsylvania Bar Association.


Pennsylvania Health Law ProjectThe March 2015 edition of the Health Law PA News, a free monthly newsletter from the Pennsylvania Health Law Project, has been published by PHLP.


Governor Tom Wolf has announced that Pennsylvanians struggling to pay home heating bills will now have until May 1 to apply for financial help through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

The federally-funded program was slated to end April 3, but the Wolf Administration decided that given the severity and duration of this winter, Pennsylvania would extend the program, giving people extra time to apply for funding.


Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network

he Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Housing Law Group is presenting its 2015 PA Legal Aid Network Housing Law Group Training on  Tuesday, April 14th from 9:00 AM to 4:15 PM at the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, 211 North Front Street, Harrisburg PA 17101. Check-in and continental breakfast begin at 9:00 AM. Substantive training sessions begin at 9:30 AM.


The Honorable Debra McCloskey Todd, Supreme Court of PennsylvaniaThe Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN) honored the recipients of the 2015 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards on March 23, 2015 at the annual awards dinner held at the Hilton Harrisburg. Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Debra McCloskey Todd served as the keynote speaker for the event.


A pilot program that links lawyers who want to volunteer their services with clients unable to afford legal help in the appellate courts has been created by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. The program provides a centralized clearinghouse of lawyers willing to participate and creates a communications network for them to make their services known to those in need.


Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network

The 2015 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Public Benefits Conference will be held on April 23-24, 2015 at the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, 211 North Front Street, 1st Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17101.

Registration is free to staff and client board members of the following PA Legal Aid Network (PLAN) programs: CJP, CLS, FoF, LLS, LASP, MPLS, NLSA, NPLS, NWLS, PHLP, PILP, PLA, PULP, RHLS and SWPLS. Registration for staff of non-PLAN public interest, government, or other non profit organization is $150.00. The cost for all other registrants is $225.00.


Pennsylvania Health Law ProjectThe February 2015 edition of the Health Law PA News has been published by the Pennsylvania Health Law Project. This edition spotlights changes in the medical assistance program in Pennsyvania that will be implemented by the newly installed administration of Governor Tom Wolf.

For prior editions of Health Law PA News or more information about the Pennsylvania Health Law Project, please see their website at


‚ÄčThe Legal Services National Technology Assistance Project will be holding a free webinar training on Microsoft Outlook on March 4, 2015, from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Eastern.

The training will be presented by by Sandy Rylander of Rylander Consulting.


Robert B. Hamilton, Esq.

The MidPenn Low-Income Tax Clinic (LITC) will provide free representation for low-income taxpayers who need legal assistance to resolve disputes with the Internal Revenue Service.  Attorney Robert B. Hamilton has joined the Cumberland County MidPenn Legal Services Office to do this work.

MidPenn Executive Director Rhodia D. Thomas says, “The IRS has provided these grants to better assist taxpayers and encourage voluntary compliance.  It is a complicated area and they want to make it easier to get answers and resolutions.”