In late November, the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN) announced that LASP's Randi Riefner is one of the 2018 Excellence Award winners. Randi works out of LASP's Bucks County office in Bristol.
Since starting at LASP in May 1993, Randi has worn many hats, including pro bono coordinator for 17+ years. "For the past 20 or so years I have had the task of scheduling pro bono attorneys for PFA (Protection from Abuse) hearings every Wednesday in Bucks County," she said. "I also schedule pro bono attorneys to represent clients at custody conferences and hearings."
Randi noted, "I treat clients with the same respect that I'd like to be treated with," adding that the realization at the end of each day that "I helped someone today" has been her inspiration all these years. "I've always loved my job," she said. "I am most proud of being a part of the relationship that has developed between the Bench, the Bar Association and Legal Aid since I first started." Born in Vermont, Randi lived in Manhattan before moving to Pennsylvania with her husband in 1974. Her four grandchildren "are the light of my life."
Randi is among the individuals and groups who "have demonstrated excellence in their efforts to increase the availability of legal aid and raise the quality of civil legal services for low income people and victims of domestic violence in Pennsylvania," according to PLAN's announcement. Honorees were selected by criteria assessing impact on increased access to civil legal aid, excellence in advocacy, leadership, and/or innovation in service delivery.