October 20-26 is the National Celebration of Pro Bono and NPLS wishes to recognize our many pro bono volunteers who take the time to represent clients in civil legal cases, participate in clinics, and serve as volunteers on our Board of Directors. Last year, pro bono attorneys and paralegals at NPLS helped clients with 782 legal cases in Northeast Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania’s child custody laws regarding standing for grandparents and third parties have expanded within the past several years. The 2010 custody law gave grandparents standing to pursue custody of their grandchildren in certain circumstances. Pennsylvania statute 23 Pa. C.S.
Pennsylvania has taken strides to expand the ability to limit access to one’s criminal record. There are various methods in Pennsylvania to limit access to or erase (expunge) criminal records, but they all require different processes and some methods can only be used on certain types of records.
NPLS has been devoting time this year to reflect on our strengths and challenges and to set our sights on the future. One small but important part of our internal reflection and future planning process has been the adoption of a new mission statement:
Congratulations to all the recognized attorneys from the Middle District, and especially to NPLS attorneys James A. Butz, Paige J. Martineau, and Jan Rumsey, who have dedicated their time and talent to providing pro bono services to low-income clients. You give meaning to “access to justice for all.” Thank you!