Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards


Nominations Now Being Accepted for 2016 Excellence Awards

PLA Excellence Awards

Nominations for the 2016 Excellence Awards are now CLOSED. Check back soon to view a list of this year's award recipients.

Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network is currently soliciting nominations for its 2016 Excellence Awards. This year, the awards dinner will be held on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at the Hilton Harrisburg. A social hour will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., immediately followed by a buffet dinner (please mark your calendar).

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. A media presentation highlighting the accomplishments of each award recipient will be incorporated into the program. You are encouraged to submit worthy nominations for the following categories:

  1. Legal Services Staff. We are seeking nominations for employees for all staff positions who exhibit excellence and commitment in the performance of the duties of their jobs;
  2. Private Bar. We are seeking nominations for members of the private bar who display an outstanding commitment to legal aid and the legal needs of low income Pennsylvanians;
  3. Community Services. We are seeking nominations for volunteers and friends who demonstrate exceptional dedication to legal aid and the needs of low income people. It may include legislators or government officials, community leaders, or others who help promote the mission of legal aid; and
  4. Lay and Client Advocacy. We are seeking nominations 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.

Nominations are open to everyone, and there is no limit on the number of nominations you may submit. However, all nomination forms must follow the format on the nomination form and should include supporting documents and information in order to be considered by the Awards Committee.

The Awards Committee will look for specific examples of excellence and will take into consideration commendation letters, relevant news clippings or other documents that strengthen the nomination.

Please submit your nomination as soon as possible. Online nominations are encouraged. Nominations must be received no later than Friday, November 20 , 2015:

PLAN Awards Committee
118 Locust Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Fax: 717-233-4088

While past recipients of the award are still eligible to receive it again, historically this has never been done. If you have a question as to whether someone you would like to nominate has been a past recipient, you can find a list on the PLAN, Inc. website at

If you have other questions, please contact Barb Fisher at (800) 322-7572 or (717) 236-9486, ext. 207 or by E-mail to

Online Nomination Form
Download Nomination Form (Microsoft Word)


Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Presents 2015 Excellence Awards

The Honorable Debra McCloskey Todd, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (Photo Credit: Marty Ginter)The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN) honored the recipients of the 2015 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards on March 23, 2015 at the annual awards dinner held at the Hilton Harrisburg. Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Debra McCloskey Todd served as the keynote speaker for the event.

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. The PLAN Excellence Awards are presented each year to individuals, groups, and/or organizations that have established excellence and diligence improving the availability and quality of civil legal services for low income people and victims of domestic violence in Pennsylvania.

A video tribute was shown highlighting the accomplishments of each of the 2015 recipients of the award. Those video tributes may be viewed below:

The recipients of the 2015 Excellence Awards included:

We invite you to follow the link below to learn more about the 2015 Excellence Award winners.

The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network congratulates each of the award recipients and is proud to celebrate their examples of excellence in the pursuit of Access to Justice for all citizens.

About the 2015 Excellence Award Winners