Chief Justice Saylor Expresses Support for Serving the Civil Legal Needs of the Poor


Chief Justice Saylor's Letter to the BarChief Justice of Pennsylvania Thomas G. Saylor has prepared a letter to all licensed attorneys in Pennsylvania expressing support for efforts to serve the civil legal needs of our poorest citizens.

He expressed a steadfast commitment by the Court to the mission of serving the legal needs of the poor and outlined some of the ways the the Pennsylvania Supreme Court supports civil legal. He also recognized the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network for providing the framework and structure for legal assistance for the poor. 

Chief Justice Saylor cited the contribution to this effort attorneys in Pennsylvania make through the IOLTA portion of their annual licensing fee, but cited the volunteer efforts of the bar for most greatly impacting those in need.

He stated that in his role as Chief Justice he sees the remarkable benefit provided by pro bono lawyers working to meet the civil legal needs of the community and recognized the model partnership, promoted by the Pennsylvania Bar Association, of local legal aid programs working with local Bars to facilitate private practice attorneys providing pro bono public service to those in need.

Finally, the Chief Justice encouraged all Pennsylvania attorneys to make a personal commitment to provide pro bono service in whatever way they are able, whether through direct representation of the poor or through financial support of Pennsylvania's legal aid programs, and thanked those who already contribute  their time or offer financial support to the worthy endeavor of serving the poor. 

Read Chief Justice Saylor's Letter