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2015 Summer Internship in Environmental and/or Energy Law

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 2:21pm

The Environmental and Energy Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association is awarding one or more law students a $10,000 stipend to allow for a pro bono summer internship in the field of environmental and/or energy law ("EEL").

The selected law student recipient(s) will be awarded $10,000.00 (paid in three installments) starting with commencement of the internship in support of an unpaid, pro bono project of the student's choosing in the field of EEL performed during an 8-week period in the summer of 2015.

First- or second-year law students or third-year night law students, who are residents of Pennsylvania or who indicate their intention to practice law in Pennsylvania, and who demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in the field of EEL, are eligible for consideration.

The pro bono project proposed by an applicant for the internship must be supported by a not-for-profit public interest or charitable organization, educational institution, and/or a local, state or federal government agency that agrees to provide oversight and supervision of the student and a mentor to assist the student in completion of a project in the field of EEL. Students applying must demonstrate that the organization or agency for which they are applying meets these criteria, that the organization or agency has an internship opportunity available, that the organization or agency will appropriately supervise the intern's work, and that the organization or agency would not otherwise provide a salary for the internship position.

In making its selection, the Section's Internship Committee may consider the following factors: academic achievement; the student's demonstration of interest in the field of EEL, as evidenced by his or her academic studies, work or volunteer experience and interests; commitment to working as an EEL lawyer in Pennsylvania; benefits of the proposed pro bono project to the candidate, organization, general public and field of EEL; and financial need.

The Internship Committee may also consider the following factors related to the proposed project: relationship of the organization's mission to the field of EEL; relationship of the proposed work to the mission of the organization; potential impact and longevity of the proposed work on the organization and/or its constituency. The Internship Committee may also consider any other factors it determines are appropriate in making its selection. An interview may be required of finalists.

All applications must be submitted on or before 5:00 pm on February 20, 2015.

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Richard H. Friedman, Chair, PA Bar EEL Section Internship Committee at (717) 237-5469 or

Additional information on the application process is available on the Pennsylvania Bar Association website.


Pro Bono and Public Service Awards Presented at Lycoming Law Association Annual Banquet

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 7:11am
Kathleen Raker Wins Thomas Wood Award

The Lycoming Law Association presented numerous pro bono and public service awards during its annual banquet in January, 2015. Highlighting the award presentations was the presentation of the 2015 Honorable Thomas Wood. Jr., Equal Access to Justice Award to Lycoming County Attorney Kathleen Raker.

After the presentation of the Thomas Wood Award, Kathleen received a second award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association. David K. Trevaskis, Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Coordinator, presented her with the PBA Pro Bono award for 2015. This statewide award recognizes Kathleen's pro bono efforts on a statewide level.

Angela Lovecchio, who received the 2014 Honorable Thomas Wood, Jr., Equal Access to Justice Award was also presented with a 2014 Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Award by PBA Pro Bono Coordinator David K. Trevaskis, Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Coordinator, at the 2015 LLA annual banquet.

The Association also presented its Outstanding Law Firm Achievement Awards 2014 in recognition of outstanding commitment by the attorneys in the firms to Equal Justice for the Poor as demonstrated by 100 percent participation in the Lycoming County Pro Bono Referral Program. The firms recognized were:

  • Campana, Lovecchio, and Morrone
  • Carpenter, Harris, and Flayhart
  • Dinges, Dinges, and Waltz
  • Elion, Wayne, Grieco, Carlucci, and Shipman
  • Kilgus Law Firm
  • Law Firm of J. Howard Langdon and John Pietrovito
  • Law Offices of Charles Greevy III
  • Mathers & Stapp
  • Murphy, Butterfield, and Holland
  • Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Harris, Waters, and Dohrmann
  • Susquehanna Law Group, Inc.
  • Waffenschmidt Law Firm

The Lycoming Law Association Fair Share Awards 2014 were also presented to participating attorneys for their commitment to Equal Justice for the Poor by fair share participation in the Lycoming County Pro Bono Referral Program.

A full list of attorneys recognized with the Fair Share Awards may be viewed on the LLA website.


New Website Launched on Unaccompanied Minors

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 1:29pm

The Immigration Advocates Network and the American Bar Association, in partnership with Pro Bono Net, have announced the launch of a new website, the Unaccompanied Children Resource Center at It was created in response to the influx of unaccompanied immigrant children seeking refuge in the United States.

The site brings together the country's leading bar association, pro bono lawyers, and resources from leading immigrants' right organizations to increase access to justice and reduce barriers for children navigating the deportation process. It features training manuals, webinars and practice advisories to help nonprofit legal staff and pro bono attorneys represent children in proceedings. It also includes a national directory of volunteer opportunities for pro bono lawyers, links to key resources, and up-to-date news and events.

For the families and guardians of unaccompanied children, the site offers basic legal information, including videos on what to expect in immigration court, and plain language materials on immigration law and procedure. Children and their guardians can search for legal help through a national directory of nonprofit legal service providers. The website is updated regularly with news, upcoming trainings and events, new developments in the law, materials for clients, and highlights on initiatives and partnerships that share information, match children to counsel, and more.

Please take a moment to explore the site at Questions and feedback can be directed to

Nominations Open for 2015 ABA Pro Bono Publico Awards

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 8:12am

The Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service of the American Bar Association is currently accepting nominations for the 2015 Pro Bono Publico Awards.

Each year the Standing Committee presents five awards to individual lawyers and institutions in the legal profession that have demonstrated outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services for the poor and disadvantaged. The awards are presented during a luncheon at the ABA Annual Meeting in August.

The Pro Bono Publico Awards program seeks to identify and honor individual lawyers and small and large law firms, government attorney offices, corporate law departments and other institutions in the legal profession that have enhanced the human dignity of others by improving or delivering volunteer legal services to our nation's poor and disadvantaged. These services are of critical importance to the increasing number of people in this country living in a state of poverty who are in need of legal representation to improve their lives.

The commitment, energy and new approaches to the delivery of pro bono service demonstrated by past recipients serve as models for others in the legal profession.

Some candidates will be nominated for their longtime dedication to the delivery of pro bono legal services to the poor. Others might be nominated for their creative approaches to the delivery of volunteer legal services or their commitment to representing low-income persons. Some may have brought about legislation that contributes substantially to legal services to the poor.

Nominations must be submitted by Friday February 27, 2015.

Nominations may be submitted by completing an online nomination form, with supporting materials being submitted by email. Full information on the Nomination Criteria and Process may be found at the link below.

Nomination Criteria and Application Requirements

Current Recipients

Past Recipients