The Practising Law Institute has made its recent massive open online course (MOOC) entitled Effective Communication with the Legal Services Client 2016, available for free in an On-Demand format. The course is designed to be taken in five segments with participants being expected to participate each day, but may attend each daily segment any time, day or night.

This course will teach new attorneys and seasoned professionals how to work effectively and cooperatively with their pro bono client.


 David K. Trevaskis, PA Bar Association Pro Bono Coordinator; Carol Mills McCarthy, McCarthy McDonald Schulberg & Joy; Bob Racunas, Neighborhood Legal Services Association.Carol Mills McCarthy, a former president of the Board of Directors of Neighborhood Legal Services Association, was recently honored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association with the Jeffrey A. Ernico Award honoring her exceptional pro bono advocacy efforts. 


The Racial Justice & Equal Economic Opportunity Project of the National Consumer Law Center will be holding a free webinar entitled A Changing Lifeline: 21st Century Update for an Important Low-income Phone Assistance Program on Monday August 8, 2016 from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Eastern. 

The low-income Lifeline telephone assistance program has been increasing the affordability of telephone service since the Reagan and Bush administrations. This webinar will focus on the upcoming changes to the Lifeline program so that more individuals can enroll in the Lifeline program and close the broadband adoption gap in the US.


Comcast and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have announced a major expansion of Comcast's Internet Essentials program for low-income families making an estimated total of up to 2 million HUD-assisted homes eligible for low-cost internet service.


Pennsylvania Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne has announced that the department has received a federal grant to enhance and strengthen Pennsylvania's senior legal service delivery systems. The grant will enable the department to further protect the rights, health, and safety of older Pennsylvanians, with a focus on victims of elder abuse and exploitation.

The purpose of the grant is to implement a well-integrated and cost-effective legal service delivery system that maximizes the impact of limited legal resources for older Pennsylvanians with the greatest need. The department will fulfill the grant requirements through a partnership with the SeniorLAW Center, a non-profit organization which improves the lives of older Pennsylvanians and protects their rights through legal representation, education, and advocacy.


Pennsylvania Health Law ProjectThe June 2016 edition of Health Law PA News has been published by the Pennsylvania Health Law Project. 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.


Legal Service National Technology Assistance Project - NTAPThe Legal Services National Technology Assistance Project (LSNTAP) will be holding a free webinar entitield, Intro to Business Process Mapping on Thursday, July 7, 2016 from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Eastern.

Business process mapping can help define what a legal services organization does, who is responsible, and how it can measure success. A business process map can also help organizations effectively incorporate new and emerging technologies into their work. This session will cover the basics of business process mapping in legal aid offices. Speakers from LSC-funded programs in Illinois will lead this discussion and share their experiences.


Legal Services Corporation

The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is requesting session proposals for the 17th Annual Technology Initiative Grants (TIG) Conference in San Antonio, TX, January 11-13, 2017. At the 2016 TIG Conference there were over 40 break-out sessions and 300 attendees.

Proposals are being accepted for four types of conference sessions: Workshop Session; Rapid Fire Talk; Affinity Group; and Hands-On Lab or Technology Demo.


The National Consumer Law Center will be holding free webinars on the topic of Elder Abuse on June 29, 2016 and June 30, 2016. Both webinars will take place from 2:00 pm-3:30 pm Eastern. On June 29 the specific topic of discussion will be Capacity and Vulnerability to Elder Abuse, while the topic of the June 30 webinar will be Legal Responses to Elder Abuse: The Role of APS, Legal Aid, and Protection and Advocacy.

Additional sponsorship for these Webinars are provided by a grant from the Administration for Community Living. This webinar is part of a series of National Elder Rights Training Project webinars for the National Legal Resource Center. There is no charge for these webinars.


The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services has announced a simplified application for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as the food stamp program, for older Pennsylvanians and those with disabilities.

For qualified households the current application was reduced from 24 pages to two and qulaified households will also have a 36-month certification period, as opposed to the current 12-month recertification period.