Attorneys employed by the 38 IOLTA-funded civil legal services organizations providing free legal services to Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens have until midnight on October 15, 2015, to submit their online applications for student loan repayment assistance from the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation – PA IOLTA Loan Repayment Assistance Program (“LRAP”). The application is available at www.paioltagrants.org. (more…)
Plan to spend another fabulous NightOUT with the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation on November 19, 2015, from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., when we welcome veteran U.S. Supreme Court correspondent Tony Mauro and internationally acclaimed mentalist and entertainer Joe Curcillo, the MindShark. (more…)
On August 23, the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation will make the first distribution from the Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship Fund, a fund created in 2014 to celebrate and honor late Harrisburg lawyer Patti Bednarik, founder and first chair of the Animal Law Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, leader in animal law reform and compassionate animal welfare volunteer who practiced what she preached. (more…)
2015 Goffman Award Presented to the Widener University School of Law – Dauphin County Bar Association Incubator Program.
Since 1989, the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation has recognized and rewarded outstanding pro bono service with the annual presentation of the Louis J. Goffman Award. This year, the Foundation honored the Widener University School of Law – Dauphin County Bar Association Incubator Program. (more…)
In an effort to increase the pool of attorneys available to provide civil legal services to those who cannot afford them, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has increased support for the student loan debt assistance program for attorneys who work for legal aid organizations. (more…)
A modest grant from the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation’s Birdsall Impact Grant Fund will help the Butler County Bar Association promote its newly established charitable foundation and its first community event. (more…)
Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship Fund Creates a Lasting Legacy for Animal Welfare Advocates
Created by Joseph T. Bednarik, Esq. in honor and in memory of his wife, the Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship Fund will provide a $5,400 annual scholarship to a law school student who pursues an interest in animal welfare as part of his/her daily activities and legal training and/or a grant to a young lawyer who pursues an interest in animal welfare as part of his/her daily activities and/or law practice.
Each year, beginning in 2015, the fund will solicit and receive applications from current law students enrolled in Pennsylvania law schools, Pennsylvania residents enrolled in out-of-state law schools and Pennsylvania lawyers admitted to practice less than three years. The criteria for the award of the annual scholarship or grant will include volunteer service to animal welfare organizations before, during and/or after law school; scholarship in the field of animal law and animal welfare, including reading, research writing and clinical work; and pro-bono legal work in the field of animal welfare.
Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation Board of Directors and Members Scheduled for 3:00 p.m. May 7, 2015 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown
The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors and the Members of the Foundation will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, 201 N. 17th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103 (more…)
Pennsylvania Bar Foundation & Pennsylvania Bar Association
Tribute to Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille
November 20, 2014, Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey Hotel
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Join the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation and Pennsylvania Bar Association for evening of recognition, celebration and appreciation as we say “Thank you” to Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille who will retire on December 31, 2014.
The occasion of Chief Justice Castille’s retirement affords an opportunity to not only celebrate a remarkable career in public service, but to also applaud and recognize his leadership and steadfast support of civil legal services for the poor and improved access to justice for all.
A reception will kick-off the evening at 6:30 p.m. Come greet Chief Justice Castille and Susan Castille. Dinner will follow at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets are $100, which covers the cost of your attendance at the event, and may be purchased online or ordered using the downloadable form.
SAVE THE DATE and plan to spend the evening with colleagues and friends as we salute Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille!
Since its launch in 2010, the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation – PA IOLTA Loan Repayment Assistance program has awarded 333 loans valued at more than $1 million to 134 attorneys employed by the IOLTA-funded pro bono civil legal services organizations located across the state.
By all the measures, the program has been a success, helping participating lawyers better manage their educational debt so they can afford to accept and remain in public service careers and providing their public service employers with a recruitment and retention tool that makes public service employment a more attractive option.
Primary funding for the LRAP comes from an IOLTA Board grant to the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation. The grant is a three year commitment, and is contingent upon the continued collection of pro hac vice admission fees by the IOLTA Board in an amount sufficient to fund the grant. The IOLTA Board grant is renewable, and although continued funding is anticipated, it is not guaranteed. Additionally, the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation contributes annually to the funding stream, making modest contributions towards the success of the program.
The LRAP funding stream had been sufficiently robust to date to support three levels of loan repayment assistance that afforded those who remained in public service employment the longest a greater amount of loan repayment assistance.
Regretfully, that once vigorous pro hac vice fee funding stream has declined and Foundation fundraising efforts have not been able to close the gap. At the same time, the total number of LRAP participants has increased, and the majority of those participants receive the highest level of loan repayment assistance, having remained in public service careers the longest.
As a result, the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation – PA IOLTA LRAP is exceeding its present funding. Rather than impose an onerous first come-first served protocol or exhaust the funding completely and bring the program to a premature end, the Foundation Directors, with the concurrence of PA IOLTA, have opted to make significant changes to the LRAP to ensure its continued viability.
Consequently, for 2015 loan cycle, the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation – PA IOLTA LRAP will be modified as follows:
- There will be a single level of loan repayment assistance. The amount of loan repayment assistance will be determined by the number of eligible applicants and the amount of funding available. We anticipate that loan assistance awards will not exceed $3,500, assuming your annual net debt service is greater than or equal to $3,500. Those with annual net debt service less than $3,500 will receive the actual amount of the debt service.
- The annual gross salary cap will remain at $66,000. Those with annual net debt service greater than or equal to 10% or more of their annual gross salary will still be eligible to apply for assistance.
- Application to other LRAPs is still expected and more important than ever given the reduction of loan repayment assistance available through the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation – PA IOLTA LRAP. Applicants are expected to make appropriate application to all other loan repayment programs for which they might be eligible including those offered through the Federal government, their law schools, employers, local bar associations and others. The Foundation maintains discretion to adjust any assistance paid based on an applicant’s apparent eligibility for another loan repayment program.
These changes will go into effect for the 2015 loan cycle.
The application period for the 2015 loan cycle opens on September 2, 2014, and closes on October 15, 2014.
Continued operation of the LRAP depends on continued availability of funding in succeeding years. Assistance will be provided only to the extent that funds are available. We hope that by making these changes, the LRAP program will continue to be available in succeeding years.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Pennsylvania Bar Foundation Executive Director Marie Queen at firstname.lastname@example.org or direct dial, toll free at 888-238-3036.