A "Light the Courthouse" ceremony closes the first Town Meeting on Domestic Violence & the Courts, held Oct. 3 at Montgomery County Courthouse, Norristown.
In honor of Domestic Abuse Awareness Month, LASP staff attorney Beverly Boyle and paralegal Liliana Ventura joined professionals from Montco's Domestic Violence Legal Network (DVLN) at a town meeting. The Oct. 3, 2017 event outlined services available to victims. Speaking on the panel, Boyle noted that LASP helps domestic abuse victims obtain Protection From Abuse orders (PFAs) and can also help clients under Pennsylvania's 2015 law, the Protection From Sexual Violence and Intimidation Act. Victims and friends/family of victims shared their stories. They observed that educational programs on "what a healthy relationship looks like" were missing from their experiences as students. School assemblies on the dangers of drunk driving, drugs and other issues did make a difference, they said, and they encouraged schools to teach about healthy relationships through health classes and school presentations. Moderated by Joel Bernbaum, Esq., the town meeting also addressed: * Procedures of the Montco Prothonotary's Office and Sheriff's Dept. * Improvements in Norristown Police Dept. procedure in addressing domestic violence calls in the last 11 years. * Friends of the Court volunteer program, implemented by Hon. Kelly C. Wall, Administrative Judge for the Family Division of Montco's Court of Common Pleas. * Assistance to victims from Women's Center of Montgomery County. * Help offered to victims through Laurel House and DART (Domestic Abuse Response Team).
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In this story from The Intelligencer, reporter Jo Ciavaglia spoke with LASP''s Executive Director Liz Fritsch about the unmet legal needs of the poor, focusing on Bucks and Montgomery counties, and the ongoing efforts ofLASP to address these needs in the face of diminishing resources.
President Trump's FY2018 "budget blueprint" released in March proposed defunding Legal Services Corporation (LSC). The full budget proposal released on May 23 has called for LSC's elimination, allocating only enough to conduct a closeout.
LASP is facing a potential loss of 40% of its budget which would mean deep cuts in services for residents in each of the counties that we serve. This includes services to seniors victimized by consumer scams, women needing protection orders from abusive spouses, and veterans seeking earned benefits who turn to civil legal aid offices for help. If you have questions about how funding changes may impact LASP, please contact our Executive Director Elizabeth Fritsch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to Rodlena Sales, Managing Attorney/VOCA Attorney/Pro Bono Coordinator in our Bristol, Bucks County office. She is the recipient of the Renaissance Woman Award from A Woman's Place for her volunteer efforts with the organization and other Bucks County organizations.
How to Reach the Unemployment Compensation Service Center
Are you having trouble reaching the Unemployment Compensation Service Center? Claimants can submit complaints via https://uccomplaint.org/, a new site created by Philadelphia Legal Assistance. The Complaint System also lists resources and information for claimants about the UC process.
LASP Receives Cy Pres Award
LASP recently received a generous cy pres award through cases handled by Montgomery Bar Association member Cary Flitter of Flitter, Milz, P.C.. The $69,000 award will be used by LASP to give legal assistance to clients who are facing issues in the area of consumer law. In 2016, Mr. Flitter has procured over $100,000 in cy pres funds for LASP!
LASP Helpline Honored with Excellence Award
We’re so proud of our Helpline staff! They have been selected as 2017 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Award Honorees. Our Helpline’s staff field and manage calls from people in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties who are seeking legal aid.
The toll-free Helpline is available Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m at
Congratulations to all of PLAN’s honorees!
LASP’s Executive Director Receives 2016 Harriet M. Mims Award
LASP’s Executive Director Elizabeth W. Fritsch is the recipient of the 2016 Harriet M. Mims Award, given by the Women Lawyers Division of the Bucks County Bar Association to a woman lawyer who has exhibited strength, leadership and integrity.
The Award is named after Harriet Mims, the first female judge in Bucks County.