Video created in recognition of the individuals and groups involved in the creation of Pennsylvania’s statewide Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP). Shown at the 2011 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Award Dinner on March 22, 2011. Video Rating: / 5
Linda Timberlake has represented over 7600 low-income clients during her tenure as the Elder Law Attorney in the Lancaster office of MidPenn Legal Services. Linda exhibits her legendary patience when dealing with clients under duress, as well as in dealing with with elderly clients with cognitive challenges, including the onset of advanced stages of dementia. She excels at getting to the essence of her clients’ legal problems and negotiating practical, effective solutions to those problems. For her unparalleled work in this area, as highlighted in this Tribute Video, she was recognized with the 2014 Excellence Award. Video Rating: / 5
Executive Committee of the Coalition for Affordable Utility Service and Energy Efficiency in Pennsylvania
Carl W. Bailey, Linda A. Bergman, Carol Collington, Minta Livengood and Dorothy Young
Recipient of the 2015 PLAN Excellence Award
March 24, 2015
Carl W. Bailey, Linda Bergman, Carol Collington, Minta J. Livengood & Dorothy L. Young comprise the Executive Committee of the Coalition for Affordable Utility Service and Energy Efficiency in Pennsylvania (CAUSE-PA), an association of low-income volunteers who support and advocate for consumers of limited economic means to connect to and maintain affordable utility service. As a result of their leadership, CAUSE-PA has made significant advances protecting the rights of low-income utility consumers through their work with the Pennsylvania Utility Law Project. Mr. Bailey, Ms. Bergman, Ms. Collington, Ms., Livengood & Mrs. Young make the voice of low-income consumers heard not only in the courtroom, but also in the decision marking forums of legal services programs, utility providers and state government.
Carl Bailey, a retired businessman and veteran of the Korean War, is a strong advocate for senior citizens representing their interests on various state and local committees. A longtime volunteer for AARP, Mr. Bailey was appointed to the PA Long-Term Care Commission by former Governor Corbett. He also serves as a Board Member of the SeniorLAW Center in Philadelphia.
Linda Bergman is active in Pennsylvania’s legal aid community, serving as Board Secretary of Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Aid Society, and is active in the Central Clients Council of Pennsylvania and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services Clients’ Consortium. Ms. Bergman advises the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Secretary on policies, procedures and other activities related to the various programs administered by DHS through her participation on the Income Maintenance Advisory Committee and other consumer advocacy committees.
Carol Collington has been active member of CAUSE-PA since its formation in 2011 and has devoted significant time and energy to its mission.
Minta Livengood has contributed many years of distinguished service to helping clients. Ms. Livengood serves on the Board of Directors of Laurel Legal Services, having once served as Board President. A member of Pennsylvania Welfare Rights in Indiana County, Ms. Livengood also serves of various Pennsylvania DHS Committees, advising the administration as a member of the Consumer Subcommittee of the Medical Assistance Advisory Committee amongst others.
Dorothy Young is an effective public benefits advocate and is dedicated to the concerns of the client community. She is a member of Pennsylvania Welfare Rights and currently serves on the Board of Neighborhood Legal Services Association, where she is active in Central Clients Council. Mrs. Young also advises the DHS Secretary on key public benefit programs, as a member of many DHS advisory committees.
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The cy pres doctrine is that residual funds should be distributed to the “next best” use. In 2012, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court implemented new civil procedure rules directing how residual funds from class actions lawsuits are to be distributed, allowing the designation of 50% of the funds to the IOLTA Board or another organization that has a direct or indirect relationship to the objectives of the underlying class action or which promote the interests of the class.
For facilitating the designation of the discretionary portion of the residual funds to the PA IOLTA Board and Community Legal Services from recent class action settlements, we recognize the leadership and excellence of the following law firms:
•Barrack, Rodos & Bacine (Mark Rosen, Esq.), Philadelphia PA
•Donovan Axler, LLC (Michael D. Donovan, Esq.), Philadelphia, PA
•Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner, Weinstock, Dodig LLP, (Alan M. Feldman, Esq.), Philadelphia, PA
•Francis & Mailman, PC (James Francis, Esq.), Berwyn, PA
•Kessler, Topaz, Meltzer & Check, LLP (Lee D. Rudy, Esq.), Radnor, PA
•Wohl & Fruchter LLP (Ethan D. Wohl, Esq.), New York, NY
This video workshop from North Penn Legal Services features a typical hearing before a magisterial distirct Judge in a landord – tenant case. Following the hearing is a panel discussion featuring several judges describing some best practices for you to use at your hearing, as well as some things to avoid. The process in the video is typical of any civil case brought before a magisterial district judge in Pennsylvania. Video Rating: / 5
A tribute produced by Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network to honor one of its 2007 Excellence Award winners, Claudia Bistyga, a paralegal and office manager at Neighborhood Legal Services Association in its New Castle office.
2004 PLAN Excellence Award Video Tribute to the law firms of Thorp, Reed & Armstrong, LLP, and Dickie McCamey Chilicote PC, for their contribution of associate attorneys to the Lawyers on Loan Program at NLSA. Video Rating: / 5
2006 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Award Video Tribute to Sylvia Basich, Client Advocate and Board Member of NLSA. Video Rating: / 5
A tribute produced by Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network to honor one of its 2006 Excellence Award winners, Robert Racunas, the executive director of Neighborhood Legal Services Association. Video Rating: / 5
A tribute produced by Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network to honor one of its 2008 Excellence Award winners, Thelma Reese, a paralegal and administrative assistant at Neighborhood Legal Services Association in its Pittsburgh office. Video Rating: / 5