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Nominations Open for 2015 PA Bar Association Pro Bono Awards

Pennsylvania Bar Association - Your Other PartnerPennsylvania Bar Association President Francis X. O'Connor recently announced the opening of the nomination period for the 2015 Pro Bono Awards of the PBA's Legal Services to the Public Committee. This year marks the 28th year that the committee has sought individual award nominees.

This year also marks the 11th year for both 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. The Judges Award is now named the Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille Award in honor of the recently retired former chief justice. 2015 also marks the fifth year for the Pro Bono Partner Award to a non-attorney who supports legal services to the needy.

The 2015 Pro Bono Awards nominations are due on April 22, 2015Awardees will be announced on Law Day in May and honored as a group during the PBA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, May 6-8, 2015. The award winners also will be acknowledged at various pro bono events throughout the remainder of the year, whenever possible, by William H. Pugh V, PBA president-elect. 

If there are any questions regarding the Pro Bono Awards, please contact Pro Bono Coordinator David Keller Trevaskis at 800-932-0311, Ext. 2236; cell: (717) 571-7414;

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Celebratre Pro Bono!
National Pro Bono Celebration
October 19-25, 2014

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William Hubbard, President, American Bar AssociationOver 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:

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. 

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Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Presents 2014 Excellence Awards

Judge Chester Harhut, Justice Thomas Saylor and Sam MilkesThe Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network honored the recipients of the 2014 Excellence Awards at its annual awards banquet on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at the Harrisburg Hilton.

The Keynote Speaker for the evening was The Honorable Thomas G. Saylor, Justice of Supreme Court Justice of Pennsylvania. Click here to view the inspiring remarks of Justice Saylor at the Awards Dinner. A special recognition of the clients who participated in the Pennsylvania Senate Hearings on Access to Justice in 2013 was also made through a special video presentation.

The list of recipients included individuals being recognized for pro bono achievements as well as a variety of civil legal aid professionals and other friends of civil legal aid across Pennsylvania.

Individuals selected to receive the 2014 PLAN Excellence Award include:

Video tributes were presented for each of the award recipients during the awards ceremony in Harrisburg. Those video tributes, long with the special recognition video of the clients who participated in the Pennsylvania Senate Hearings on Access to Justice in 2013, may be viewed at the link below.

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Participating Organizations:

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

Nominations Sought for 2015 Louis J. Goffman Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Pennsylvania Bar Foundation Louis J. Goffman Awards.

The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation’s Louis J. Goffman Awards program seeks to recognize and honor an individual and an organization whose commitments to pro bono have enhanced the delivery of legal services to Pennsylvania’s poor or disadvantaged, making a critical difference in the lives of those in need of legal representation.

The recipients’ donations of time, talent and expertise serve as a model to be emulated by other legal professionals and organizations and since 1989, the Louis J. Goffman Awards have recognized and rewarded these exceptional people and organizations.

The 2015 Louis J. Goffman Awards will be presented in May during the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Annual Meeting scheduled for May 6 -8, 2015 at the Sheraton Philadelphia City Center. Each recipient is presented with a commemorative plaque and a monetary contribution.

Any Pennsylvania-based individual or organization involved in the provision of volunteer legal services is eligible for the award. This includes large and small firms, corporate law departments, government attorney offices, county bar associations, law schools and other legal services entities.

The nomination deadline is April 1, 2015. No extension will be granted.

The Louis J. Goffman Awards Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation will review the nominations and select two award recipients. The award recipients will be notified no later than May 1, 2015. All committee decisions are final and binding.

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The Pennsylvania Bar News highlights Pennsylvania attorneys who make a difference in their communities by providing extraordinary pro bono and/or other legal services in the public interest.
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