PBA Archive of PLAN Materials

PBA President David Schwager Joins LASP Meeting, Nov. 12, 2020
PBA President David Schwager joined a meeting of Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania (LASP) on Nov. 12, 2020, speaking to the more than 80 staffers meeting virtually about the PBA partnership with legal aid. Earlier, President Schwager was among the audience for a presentation by Jean and John Rosenberg. John Rosenberg, like David's parents, was a Holocaust survivor who then spent his life championing access to justice. Read more.

Schwager is pictured with Kesha James, Esq., deputy director for advocacy and pro bono director, LASP, and LASP Executive Director Shawn Boehringer, Esq.

PLAN Program Facts though 2012

Fall 2014 PLAN Executive Director's Report

Legal Services Reception at the CCBL in Lancaster, Feb. 26, 2015
The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN) is hosting a reception, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Office, on the evening prior to the start of the Conference of County Bar Leaders (CCBL), Feb. 26, 5:30-7 p.m. The law schools of the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State Law and Dickinson Law) are the lead sponsors, and the event will be held at the Lancaster Bar Association, 28 Penn Square, 28 East Orange Street, Lancaster. This reception presents a special opportunity for county bar executive directors and leaders to socialize and strategize with one another and with legal services and PBA representatives and to engage in informal discussions about the past, present and future of legal aid and pro bono in Pennsylvania. All attendees of the CCBL are invited to the reception. Registrations/RSVP should be made in advance, by Feb. 18. For more information about the event, contact Joyce Tomasko at [email protected].

Looking at What We Know About the Effectiveness of the Delivery of Legal Services in Pennsylvania, April 2013
The Legislative Budget and Finance Committee, a joint committee of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, studied the delivery of legal services in Pennsylvania and made a report titled A Performance Audit of Pennsylvania's Access to Justice Act in May 2011. Read the report highlights and written comments of Pat Berger, the committee staff person who led the study and presented its findings. The report is favorable in terms of the proper use of funds by legal services and the clients helped. There are just two recommendations: Study the effectiveness of telephone brief services, which the IOLTA Board did with a subsequent report in July 2012, and make the filing fee permanent (The sunset has since been extended, but the fee has not made permanent.). Although the report includes findings of favorable client outcomes, it does not include a specific economic benefits analysis.

PLAN/Pro Bono CCBL Reception Awards Photos, Feb. 21-23, 2013


PLAN Martin Luther King Jr. Summer Internship Program 2012 Brochure

Lobbying for legal aid are, from left, Lackawanna County Common Pleas Judge Chester Harhut, Pennsylvania IOLTA Executive Director Al Azen and Samuel W. Milkes, executive director, Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, in Washington, D.C., spring 2012.

PLAN Report Describes Recent Funding Cuts as Presenting 'Particular Challenges,' January 2012

Just the Facts on PLAN, Nov. 23, 2011

2011 Martin Luther King Program Summer Interns
The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network's (PLAN) Martin Luther King Jr. program for rising second and third year law students was established in 1991 to promote cultural and ethnic diversity in legal services and to honor Dr. King. Pictured here are the program's 2011 summer interns. For more information, visit the program page on the PLAN website .

2011 PLAN Statewide Training Conference, May 11 - May 12
Legal aid professionals and others concerned about access to justice will meet in Harrisburg for the 2011 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, May 11-12. The PBA Pro Bono Office is a proud partner with PLAN in hosting this event, sponsoring the Wednesday, May 11, evening barbecue on the patio at the Harrisburg Hilton and conducting a session Thursday morning, May 12, on the ethics of pro se representation.

PLAN Board and others meet in Harrisburg, Spring 2011

Former PLAN Executive Director Howard Thorkelson Dies, Feb. 26, 2011
Click here for the obituary.

Pennsylvania Legal Aid Programs to Receive More Than $100,000 in Cy Pres Residual Funds, October 2010
Pennsylvania Legal Aid programs will to receive $100,595.88 in cy pres residual funds from the class action case Miller v. Royal Maccabees Life Insurance Company through the Circuit Court of Cook County. Fifty percent of the residual funds from this case will benefit Illinois programs that benefit Access to Justice for low-income residents. The judge ordered the remaining funds split among legal aid organizations across the county. Illinois has a law in place that directs 50 percent of residual funds to access to justice type organizations. 

PLAN 2011 Excellence Awards Program Recognizes LRAP Efforts
Click here for the list of awardees recognized by the 2011 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards program for their involvement in the creation of Pennsylvania's Statewide Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP).