About the Excellence Awards
The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards honor members and friends of the legal aid community who exemplify excellence in their commitment and accomplishments as advocates for low-income people.
Nominations are made in the following categories:
Legal Services Staff
This category is for all staff positions. We are seeking nominations for employees who exhibit excellence and commitment in the performance of the duties of their jobs;
This category is for members of the private bar who display an outstanding commitment to legal aid and the legal needs of low-income Pennsylvanians;
This category is for client leaders, organizational partners, or others who have donated significant time and energy to the mission of legal aid and the needs of low-income people.
This category is for volunteers and friends who demonstrate exceptional dedication to legal aid. It may include legislators or government officials, clients, community leaders, or others who help promote the mission of legal aid.
Nominations are open to everyone. You do not have to be a member of the legal aid community to submit a nomination. You also do not have to be a member of a particular category to submit a nomination in that category. There is no limit to the number of nominations you may submit.
Nominations usually open in the last quarter of each calendar year for the awards to be made in the spring of the following year.
Specific information on nominations and a submission form will be posted here when nomination open for next year's awards.
Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards
Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. Announces 2017 Excellence Award Winners
The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. (PLAN) is honored to announce the 2017 Excellence Award winners as well as the recipient of the Outstanding Leadership in Support of Legal Services. The exceptional individuals, groups and corporation listed below have demonstrated excellence in their efforts to expand access to justice for those who have nowhere else to turn for help when facing a critical legal problem.
Each winner has been carefully selected by criteria assessing increased access to civil legal aid, excellence in advocacy, leadership, and/or innovation in service delivery. The 2017 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Award Honorees are:
- Pamela Lynn Dalton-Arlotti, Esq.
Director of Program Performance and Compliance
Neighborhood Legal Services Association
- Barbara Griffin, Esq.
Director of the Pro Bono Center
Allegheny County Bar Foundation
- Legal Aid of Southeastern PACentralized Telephone Hotline Staff
Nanci Hoover, Esq., Managing Attorney; Robin Babillis, Paralegal; Delores Wilson Bailey, Paralegal; Kristan Burgess, Esq., Helpline Attorney; Eleonor Glasco, Paralegal; Carolyn Hettell, Paralegal; Randall Hove, Esq., Helpline Attorney; Pamela Manning, Support Staff; Venezla Moses, Paralegal; and Pandora Murphy, Paralegal
Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania
- Michael D. LiPuma, Esq.
Law Office of Michael LiPuma
Chair, Board of Directors
Community Legal Services and Philadelphia Legal Assistance
- Jill Kelly McComsey, Esq.
Seidel Cohen Hof & Reid, LLC
- Linda D. Renick
North Penn Legal Services
- Thomas B. Schmidt III, Esq.
Pepper Hamilton LLP
- Patricia Shilling
MidPenn Legal Services
- Judith E. Wilson, Esq.
Northwestern, Legal Service
In addition, Fulton Financial Corporation has been selected to receive the Outstanding Leadership in Support of Legal Services in recognition of the bank’s long-standing support and investment in Pennsylvania IOLTA and civil legal aid as an IOLTA Platinum Leader Bank since March 2009. Platinum Leader Banks exceed the PA IOLTA program requirements by paying a 1%, premium yield, on IOLTA accounts. Since 2009, Fulton Financial Corporation has contributed more than $2.4 million to the IOLTA program.
The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Award winners will be formally honored at the PLAN Excellence Award Banquet on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at the Hilton Harrisburg in Harrisburg, PA.
The featured speaker at the Award Banquet will be Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro. The ceremony will also feature a video tribute of each honoree highlighting their accomplishments. Ticket information will be available on this page in the near future.
"The mission of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network is to ensure equal access to justice so that Pennsylvanians can have representation, when facing important civil legal concerns, affecting their safety, health, shelter and survival," said Samuel W. Milkes Esq., Executive Director of PLAN. “Our Excellence Award recipients epitomize the tireless efforts of legal aid advocates and friends in the private bar who work to deliver on the promise of justice for all.”