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Deadline for Nominations for PA Bar Association Pro Bono Awards is April 22
Nominations for the 2015 Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Awards are due on April 22, 2015. Awardees will be announced on Law Day in May and honored as a group during the PBA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, May 6-8, 2015.
In additions to nominations for Pro Bono attorneys, nominations are also being accepted for the the Judges Award and the Civil Legal Aid Attorney of the Year Award, given, respectively, to a judge and a legal services attorney selected by the committee in recognition of exceptional contributions to improving civil legal aid in the commonwealth. Nominations are also open for the Pro Bono Partner Award, which is awarded to a non-attorney who supports legal services to the needy.
If there are any questions regarding the Pro Bono Awards, please contact Pro Bono Coordinator David Keller Trevaskis at 800-932-0311, Ext. 2236; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the past five years the ABA's Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service has succeeded in creating an annual national spotlight on pro bono with its National Celebration of Pro Bono.
The annual Celebration is a coordinated national effort to meet the ever-growing needs of this country's most vulnerable citizens by encouraging and supporting local efforts to expand the delivery of pro bono legal services, and by showcasing the great difference that pro bono lawyers make to the nation, its system of justice, its communities and, most of all, to the clients they serve.
Although national in breadth, the Celebration provides an opportunity for local legal associations across the country to take the next step in their efforts to provide high quality legal services to those living on the social margins.
The 2014 National Celebration of Pro Bono took place on October 19-25, 2014. Click the image above to hear American Bar Association President William Hubbard discuss the significance of the National Celebration of Pro Bono.
Please visit the Resources section of the National Celebration of Pro Bono website for great organizing ideas and tools. Free consultation services are also available to facilitate your planning. Contact the ABA's Center for Pro Bono staff: email@example.com.
The National Celebration website also features JUST Stories, a video quilt of stories that significantly impacted the lives of public interest and pro bono advocates and their clients. Your own advocacy story has the potential to inspire and connect others to the essential work of providing legal assistance to those living on the social margins. Contribute your experience and tell how you changed your client's story, and made it a JUST story.
One story was offered by Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. CLICK HERE to view this story and more JUST Stories from Pennsylvania.
For more information on the celebration, visit www.CelebrateProBono.org.
Attorney Michael Lee, Merck & Co. and Judge Alan Hertzberg Honored for Work in Support of Pro Bono
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. Among those honored were Philadelphia Attorney Michael Lee, the Merck & Co. Pro Bono Program and Allegheny County Judge Alan D. Hertzberg for their efforts in supporting and providing pro bono assistance to indigent clients.
The Merck & Co., Inc., Pro Bono Program , represented by Kenneth C. Frazier Esq., Chairman of the Board, President & Chief Executive Officer and Bruce N. Kuhlik, Esq., Executive Vice President & General Counsel, has championed pro bono service to the poor and empowered Merck’s attorneys to meet their professional obligation to ensure access to justice through pro bono representation of the poor and disadvantaged.
The Honorable Alan Hertzberg has been a consistent supporter of pro bono legal services to the indigent since his arrival on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas in 2005. Judge Hertzberg sits on the administrative board of the Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership, assisting in the creation, implementation and capacity building of various pro bono projects that contribute to the success of legal services programs, bringing the judicial perspective to the legal problems of low-income individuals and families. In the past Judge Hertzberg, while serving in the Family Division of his Court, was instrumental to the success of two Signature Projects of the Partnership: the Guardian Ad Litem Project and the Custody Conciliation Pro Bono Project.
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.
Others receiving Excellence Awards this year include legal aid staff members, Deborah L. Freedman, Esq. of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia; Sharon Goldsmith of Neighborhood Legal Servics Association; Jennifer L. Heverly, Esq. of North Penn Legal Services; Diana Ingersoll, Esq. of MidPenn Legal Services; and Jonathan Pyle, Esq. of Philadelphia Legal Assistance.
Additional award winners from organizations outside the legal aid community included The Executive Committee of the Coalition for Affordable Utility Service and Energy Efficiency in Pennsylvania (CAUSE-PA) , Carl W. Bailey, Linda A. Bergman, Carol Collington, Minta Livengood and Dorthy Young; and Lawrence A. Swanson , Executive Director of ACTION Housing in Pittsburgh.
Video tributes were shown highlighting the accomplishments of each of the 2015 recipients of the award at the award dinner.Those video tributes and more information on the Award Winners is available on Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, inc. website .
Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Legal Services to the Public Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association
Pro Bono Center of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation
Philadelphia VIP Pro Bono Legal Services
Philadelphia Bar Association
Dauphin County Bar Association Pro Bono Program
Erie County Bar Association Legal Aid Volunteer Attorneys (LAVA) Program
Lackawanna Pro Bono, Inc. (Video Profile)
Pennsylvania IOLTA Board
Chief Justice Saylor Reminds Lawyers of Need to Provide Public Service
Chief Justice Thomas G. Saylor has asked lawyers to support the Commonwealth’s civil legal aid programs by providing pro bono service through direct representation and financial contributions.
In a letter to Pennsylvania’s approximately 70,000 registered lawyers, the chief justice also thanked attorneys for their support of legal aid programs as a component of their annual attorney registration fees. The letter is being widely distributed to the legal community by the courts and the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
The Chief Justice's letter recognizes that every Pennsylvanian deserves their day in court, even if the ability to pay for counsel is limited. The letter states that The Pennsylvania Supreme Court supports civil legal aid in a variety of ways, from funding a loan forgiveness program for legal services practitioners to honoring the work of pro bono volunteers.
The Chief stressed that it is the volunteer efforts of Pennsylvania lawyers - whether through directly representing clients or providing additional financial support - which most greatly impact those in need.
Attorneys were also encouraged to visit the website at www.PaLawHelp.org and to register with the online legal community at www.PAProbono.net to encounter a wide range of available opportunities for pro bono service. Attorneys were also asked to consider taking advantage of pro bono videos which will soon be offered by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, accompanied by free continuing legal education credits.
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- PA Bar Association Presents Community Service Award to Philadelphia Lawyer Daniel J.T. McKenna, Apr 20
- ABA Launches New Platform to Aid Pro Bono Lawyers Representing Unaccompanied Immigrant Children, Apr 16
- Pennsylvania Bar Association Sign Language Interpreter/CART Fund Available to Assist in Representation of Disabled Clients, Apr 9
- Attorney Michael Lee, Merck & Co. and Judge Alan Hertzberg Honored for Work in Support of Pro Bono, Apr 2
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