Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. Announces 2018 Excellence Award Winners

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2017 PLAN Excellence Award - PhotpPennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. (PLAN) is pleased to announce the 2018 Excellence Award winners as well as three recipients of the Outstanding Leadership in Support of Legal Services Award. The exceptional individuals and groups listed below have demonstrated excellence in their efforts to increase the availability of legal aid and raise the quality of civil legal services for low income people and victims of domestic violence in Pennsylvania.

Each winner has been carefully selected by criteria assessing their impact on increased access to civil legal aid, excellence in advocacy, leadership, and/or innovation in service delivery.

The 2018 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Award  honorees are:

  • Rachel Blake, Esq. 
    Associate Director
    Regional Housing Legal Services
    Glenside, PA
     
  • Patrick M. Cicero, Esq.
    Executive Director
    Pennsylvania Utility Law Project
    Harrisburg, PA
     
  • Suzanne Moschini
    Paralegal
    North Penn Legal Services
    Bethlehem, PA
     
  • Antoinette C. Oliver, Esq.
    Chair, Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership
    Partner, Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP
    Pittsburgh, PA
     
  • Mary C. Pugh, Esq.
    Executive Director
    Montgomery Child Advocacy Project
    Norristown, PA
     
  • Randi Riefner
    Legal Assistant
    Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania
    Bristol, PA
     
  • Elizabeth (Beth) Shapiro, Esq.
    Senior Attorney
    Community Legal Services
    Philadelphia, PA
     
  • The Honorable John J. Thomas
    United States Bankruptcy Judge

    The Middle District Bankruptcy Bar Association Pro Bono Program
    United States Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
    Wilkes-Barre, PA

The Outstanding Leadership in Support of Legal Services Award will be presented to:

  • The Honorable Stewart J. Greenleaf
    Member, Pennsylvania Senate
    Willow Grove, PA
     
  • The Honorable Ronald S. Marsico
    Member, Pennsylvania General Assembly
    Harrisburg, PA
     
  • The Honorable Dick Thornburgh
    Former U.S. Attorney General
    Former Governor of Pennsylvania
    Pittsburgh, PA

The Award recipients will be formally honored at the PLAN Excellence Award Banquet on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at the Hilton Harrisburg Hotel in Harrisburg, PA.  The ceremony will feature a video tribute of each honoree highlighting their accomplishments. Ticket information will be available in the near future.