Joseph R. DeCristopher, Esq. – 2016 Excellence Award – 844-292-1318 Pennsylvania legal aid

Joseph R. DeCristopher, Esq. - 2016 Excellence Award

Staff Attorney, North Penn Legal Services, Sunbury, PA.

Joseph R. DeCristopher, Esq. has worked for North Penn Legal Services and its predecessor program, Susquehanna Legal Services, since 1979. He joined legal aid shortly after his graduation from Rutgers University Law School. Mr. DeCristopher handles a wide variety of cases for clients but focuses his practice on consumer, bankruptcy, mortgage foreclosure and public housing law. Mr. DeCristopher is also active in local bar activities, having served as President of the Northumberland County Bar Association in 2012 and on several local court rule committees. Over the years, he has achieved many notable litigation successes and obtained positive outcomes for clients.
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The Honorable Stewart J. Greenleaf – 844-292-1318 Pennsylvania legal aid

The Honorable Stewart J. Greenleaf

PA State Senator Greenleaf, a longtime supporter of legal aid, is the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and convened three hearings in 2013 to investigate the need for civil legal assistance for the indigent. This is the Video Tribute offered to Senator Greenleaf.
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Lawrence A. Swanson – 844-292-1318 Pennsylvania legal aid

Executive Director , ACTION Housing, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA

Recipient of the 2015 PLAN Excellence Award
March 24, 2015

Lawrence A. Swanson is the Executive Director of ACTION-Housing, Inc. in Pittsburgh, Pa. He has served low-income individuals and families through his work on affordable housing for over 35 years. Mr. Swanson has empowered low-income people in Western Pennsylvania to build more secure and self-sufficient lives through the provision of decent, affordable housing, essential supportive services, asset building programs and educational/employment opportunities. All the while, Mr. Swanson has proven to be an indispensable ally to legal services programs across the state. Recently, Mr. Swanson provided effective advocacy in the state legislature for the passage of House Bill 1337 (Act 113) which addressed the urgent need for funding for civil legal aid and he provided organizational advocacy towards changes in the Qualified Action Plan for Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs).
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What the Public Interest Lawyer Should Know about Employment Law – 844-292-1318 Pennsylvania legal aid

This webinar was presented on November 13, 2013 by Sharon Dietrich, Managing Attorney of the Employment Law Unit at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia.

This webinar was inteneded for legal aid and other public interest lawyers who do not practice employment law. It will give you a basic grounding on employment law as it affects low income people in 60 short minutes.

Topics include:

-Basic employment law principles, including discrimination;
-Family and Medical Leave Act;
-Criminal records.
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Mark A. Krochka, Esq. – 2016 Excellence Award – 844-292-1318 Pennsylvania legal aid

Staff Attorney, Neighborhood Legal Services Association, New Castle, PA

Mark A. Krochka is the face of legal aid in his small county legal aid office in New Castle, maintaining relationships with clients, the private bar, judges and social service agencies. He is an aggressive and relentless advocate for his clients, leaving no stone unturned in trying to find a way to resolve their legal issues. Mr. Krochka often receives praise from his clients for his advocacy on their behalf, including one client who has credited him with saving her life and her children’s lives and has stepped forward to testify to national, state and local audiences about the quality services she received from Attorney Krochka and the essential safety net provided legal aid programs. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Krochka was a social worker investigating child abuse, often testifying in court proceedings. His passion for both social work and justice allow Mr. Krochka to serve each client with the top-notch services they deserve.
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FedEx Ground – 2016 Excellence Award – 844-292-1318 Pennsylvania legal aid

Corporate Legal Department, Moon Township, PA.

FedEx Ground Corporate Legal Department has created a robust pro bono culture that has benefited countless of low-income residents and victims of domestic violence in the Pittsburgh area since its inception. FedEx Ground is a member of the Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership and today operates six active pro bono projects engaging the FedEx Ground legal team and support staff from the company’s Risk Management and the Protection and Preventative Services Groups. Projects include a Protection Form Abuse project; Wills project; Guardian ad Litem project; Education Law Clinic; and Veterans Legal Aid project.
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