Irwin L. Trauss, Esq.- 2012 PLAN Excellence Award – 844-292-1318 Pennsylvania legal aid

Irwin L. Trauss, Esq.
Supervising Attorney with Philadelphia Legal Assistance Center in Philadelphia, PA

Deputy Director of Legal Practice, Community Legal Services, Philadelphia, PA

Recipient of the 2015 PLAN Excellence Award
March 24, 2015

Deborah L. Freedman, Esq. has a distinguished record of public service consistently working to provide better access to justice for those without a voice or power. Ms. Freedman currently serves as the Deputy Director at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia where she started as a lawyer in 1992. She has held several positions at CLS including Interim Executive Director, Managing Attorney of the Law Center North Central, Managing Attorney of CLS’ Family Advocacy Unit and Supervising Attorney in both the Welfare and SSI Units. Her motivation for justice and ability to develop strong relationships haves allowed Ms. Freedman to become an exceptionally skilled lawyer and manager. Ms. Freedman is credited for raising the bar for CLS’ legal practice by improving supervision and evaluation systems, adopting holistic models of client service and facilitating staff training and compliance. She currently serves on the Boards of HIAS Pennsylvania, the Community Justice Project and Society Hill Synagogue. She is an active volunteer with Living Beyond Breast Cancer, where she is part of a team of volunteers who staff a helpline for survivors of breast cancer.
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Susan K Danforth – 2010 Excellence Award – 844-292-1318 Pennsylvania legal aid

Susan K Danforth is the Lancaster County Pro Bono Coordinator for MidPenn Legal Services. She is widely regarded as one of the key reasons for the success of pro bono in Lancaster County.

Edward Van Stevenson, Jr. Esq., is a managing attorney with Neighborhood Legal Services Association in Pittsburgh whose efforts are an inspiring history of dedication and commitment to the poor. In addition to representing clients who have nowhere else to turn for help, Stevenson supervises law students and coordinates the involvement of students from Pittsburgh area law schools in the delivery of civil legal aid;
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4b. Avoiding Foreclosure – Defective Foreclosure Documents (Part 2) – 844-292-1318 Pennsylvania legal aid

Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. (PLAN) held a training program entitled Avoid Foreclosure Update in Harrisburg on December 7, 2010.

The program featured instruction on the following topics:

–Federal/State HEMAP Programs
–Tenant Issues When a Property is Foreclosed Upon
–Update from the Pennsylvania Department of Banking & Attorney General’s Office On Current Mortgage Foreclosure Practices
–Defective Foreclosure Documents — Who Has the Note and Why Does It Matter (THIS VIDEO – Part 2)
–HAMP Program and Procedures
–Diversion Programs and/or Workouts & Litigation Avoidance

Legal Services Paralegal, Neighborhood Legal Services Association, Butler
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Edelstein Martin & Nelson – Disability Lawyers in Philadelphia Philadelphia Pennsylvania Law Firm Divorce Legal Help Business Law, Criminal Defense & – 844-292-1318 Pennsylvania legal aid

Attorney, North Penn Legal Services, Williamsport, PA

Recipient of the 2015 PLAN Excellence Award
March 24, 2015

Jennifer Heverly, Esq. handles a variety of legal aid cases in North Penn Legal Services’ Williamsport, Pa. office. Attorney Heverly specializes in bankruptcy and mortgage foreclosure cases. She also has established herself as in expert in legal ethics and is the “go-to” person in the office when questions arise concerning the Rules of Professional Conduct. Ms. Heverly played pivotal roles in the statewide justice community’s response to the most recent foreclosure crisis, everything from representing individual clients facing foreclosure, to playing a key role in developing and implementing mortgage foreclosure diversion programs in Lycoming and Clinton Counties, to providing training and support to the pro bono attorneys who represent defendants at mortgage foreclosure settlement conferences in Lycoming County. She also participated in a key meeting with former Attorney General Linda Kelly that resulted in a recommendation and subsequent legislative action to use mortgage foreclosure settlement funds to support legal services.
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Michael Lee, Esq. – 844-292-1318 Pennsylvania legal aid

Private Attorney Volunteer, Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity, Philadelphia, PA

Recipient of the 2015 PLAN Excellence Award
March 24, 2015

Michael Lee, Esq. is the owner of his own law firm, the Law Office of Michael Lee which he established in 2010. His practice is a community-action-oriented law firm specializing in criminal defense, criminal records, forfeiture proceedings, dispute resolution and non-profit corporation formation and advising. He is also co-founder of Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity. Attorney Lee leads a citywide Criminal Records Expungement Project which holds monthly free clinics around Philadelphia that has helped many Philadelphians get incorrect or outdated information removed from their arrest records. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Mr. Lee is a graduate of the 259th class of Central High School, George Washington University and Drexel Law School’s inaugural graduating class. He was one of eleven Pennsylvania attorneys invited to participate in the 2013-14 class of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Leadership Institute, which prepares young lawyers for future leadership opportunities within the state bar association.
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Evelyn Pankey and Catherine Herman – 2007 Excellence Award – 844-292-1318 Pennsylvania legal aid

Catherine Herman, Fiscal Manager for Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania and
Evelyn Pankey, Administrative Coordinator of Community Legal Services together demonstrate the crucial importance of fiscal and administrative employees to the mission of the legal aid community.
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