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Unified Judicial System Offers Online Information to Assist Those Wishing to Represent Themselves in Family Law Matters, Oct. 2, 2014
The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania has begun offering online information “to assist the growing number of Pennsylvanians who want to file their own family law cases in courts across the state.” The material cautions that “self-represented litigants are held to the same standards as attorneys” and that self-representation “does not exempt you from understanding and following statewide and local rules of court.” Get more information on the UJS website.
U.S. Department of Justice Access to Justice Initiative Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable Toolkit
A Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable Toolkit now appears on the DOJ Access to Justice Initiative's website. The online toolkit has three sections: Civil Legal Aid 101 (what civil legal aid is, whom civil legal aid serves and some of the common barriers to accessing civil legal aid); Supporting Federal Efforts (civil legal aid "case studies" describing common challenges faced by vulnerable populations such as children at risk of school expulsion, domestic violence victims and veterans experiencing homelessness; examples of federal responses to these challenges, and examples of how civil legal aid meaningfully supports Federal agencies' efforts); and Select Federal Agency Resources (listing by agency of selected grants and program activities for which civil legal aid providers are an eligible grantee, sub-grantee or partner). With support from the Public Welfare Foundation and Kresge Foundation, NLADA will be working to translate the lengthy list of Select Federal Agency Resources into a more user-friendly database for the legal aid community. Read more at www.justice.gov/atj/legalaid/civil-legal-aid.html and in the Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable Toolkit Overview.
AOPC Report on Self-Represented Litigants, Aug. 26, 2013
Wills for Heroes
A program co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division, "Wills for Heroes" provides free basic estate planning documents to first responders in Pennsylvania. As of January 2013, the program provided estate documents for more than 10,000 persons, making it the largest pro bono program sponsored by the PBA. Click here for more information on the program. In the photo below, PBA Pro Bono Coordinator David Trevaskis, with Katherine Atkinson, Ballard Spahr summer associate, and Matt Gutt, Exelon assistant general counsel, participate at a Pennsylvania State Police "Wills for Heroes" event in 2012.
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