Jan. 27, 2021
In this Issue:
  • LASP celebrates 20 years as a regional program
  • Share your legal aid story and/or "mask up for justice" photo
  • Eviction moratorium extended to March 31 | Virtual Town Hall
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) are back
  • 6th annual MLK Day of Service
  • Honoring LASP staff for 5-40 years of service
  • BUCKS COUNTY: Kasey Daniel, Doylestown Managing Attorney
  • Pro bono volunteers needed
  • Feb. 4 Virtual Roundtable on community resources with Rep. Shusterman
  • Feb. 20 Virtual Expungement Clinic with Rep. Delloso & Sen. Kearney
  • Civil legal clinics with Montgomery County Public Defender's office
  • THANK YOU for your support
LASP celebrates 20 years of regional service
Masked up and ready to serve!

On Jan. 1, 2001, four longstanding county legal aid organizations joined forces to form Legal Aid of Southeastern PA.

On Jan. 1, 2021, LASP celebrated 20 years as a regional program, serving Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties. Based in local offices in Norristown, Pottstown, Chester city, Media, West Chester, Doylestown and Bristol, our attorneys and staff are "masked up" and continue bringing access to justice during COVID-19 and beyond.
Share your legal aid story
and/or "mask up for justice" photo!

LASP welcomes you to share your "masked up for justice" photo, and/or share your story about how legal aid has impacted you. Email Marion Fraley, Communications Director, at or snail-mail her at 625 Swede St., Norristown, PA 19401.

Visit the photo gallery at
Eviction crisis
CDC moratorium extended to March 31;
LASP attorney Christina Drzal discusses evictions at Virtual Town Hall
(Jan. 20, 2021) The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has extended the moratorium to March 31, 2021:

As revised forms and information become available, updated information will be posted at
At a Virtual Town Hall Jan. 11, Christina Drzal (pictured at right), LASP Supervising Attorney for the Regional Housing Unit, discussed the moratorium on evictions and current eviction crisis.

Larry Douglas, Housing Project Manager for the Chester Community Improvement Project, also shared information on how to access mortgage assistance during the pandemic.

The event was hosted by PA Sen. John Kane, Sen. Amanda Cappelletti, Rep. Dianne Herrin and Rep. Christina Sappey.
LASP in the news

by Bill Rettew | West Chester Daily Local News | Jan. 13, 2021

Civil legal aid in the news

by Cara Bayles

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) are back
The PA Dept. of Labor & Industry has restarted the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) programs. Both PEUC and PUA expired at the end of December 2020, and both recently resumed as part of the new federal CARES Act extensions.
  • Both programs are scheduled to end Saturday, April 3, 2021.
  • Learn more at (at this link, scroll down for additional resources).
  • For ongoing updates on state unemployment programs, visit or follow @PALaborIndustry on Facebook and/or Twitter.
  • Note: The state website may overwhelmed due to high demand. If you get an error message at the website or end of the application form, try again later.

  • File for PUA by Friday, Jan. 29 to receive January payments for weeks of Jan. 2, 9, 16 and 23.
  • HOWEVER, if you didn’t collect PUA in 2020, you are still NOT able to apply yet.
Long-serving staff honored for 5-40 years of service
Congratulations and thank you to long-serving LASP staff, who were recognized for 5-40 years of service at the Virtual Staff Retreat in late 2020:

  • Susan Strong, Staff Attorney based in Norristown (40 years)
  • Rachel Houseman, Chester County Managing Attorney (25 years)
  • Robin Babillis, Helpline Paralegal (15 years)
  • Kesha James, Deputy Director for Advocacy & Pro Bono Director (15 years)
  • Pandora Murphy, Helpline Paralegal (15 years)
  • Erica Briant, Supervising Attorney, Community Engagement Unit (5 years)
  • Jennifer Pierce, VOCA Supervising Attorney & Bucks County Pro Bono Coordinator (5 years)
LASP welcomes Kasey Daniel as Doylestown Managing Attorney
DOYLESTOWN - Kasey R. Daniel joined LASP as the Doylestown Office Managing Attorney. Jennifer Pierce, who previously served as Doylestown Managing Attorney, has transitioned to a new role with LASP as VOCA Supervising Attorney. 

An experienced manager and legal services attorney, Kasey worked at New Mexico Legal Aid (NMLA) for several years, serving most recently as Managing Attorney for the Albuquerque Office, while also handling cases for the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic and Foreclosure Defense Unit. Earlier at NMLA, she was Domestic Violence Helpline Coordinator and Coordinator for the Justice for Families Pro Bono Initiative Project.

Prior to her relocation to southeastern PA in October, Kasey served as the Court Executive Officer for the Eighth Judicial District in Taos, New Mexico where she supervised the district’s 56 employees and oversaw all non-judicial operations of the magistrate and district courts. Other roles were at Disability Law Colorado, New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, and Law Access New Mexico, and in private practice in Littleton, Colorado. A former special education teacher, Kasey holds a B.A. in Education from Baylor University and a J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law.

Kasey is based at LASP's Almshouse site. She can be reached at 267-488-1862 or
Sixth annual MLK Day of Service Expungement Clinic
LASP partnered with PA Rep. Joanna McClinton and Sen. Anthony Williams for the sixth annual Expungement Clinic to provide legal resources, information and advice to the community. Due to COVID-19, the Jan. 18 clinic was virtual this year. Of about 40 participants, 20 are working with LASP to have their criminal records cleared.

"I've always been a strong believer that one mistake should not dictate a person's future, and I'm extremely grateful to have community partners who feel the same way," Rep. McClinton said. "We've enacted legislation to help individuals move on from the past by providing them with opportunities; however, it's not only about enacting change but making sure people know about it and how it impacts them, which was one of the main purposes of our expungement clinic."

Erica Briant, LASP Supervising Attorney for the Community Engagement Unit, noted, "Many people with criminal records don't know the expungement, Clean Slate or pardon laws or where to turn, leaving them feeling trapped. Besides being complex, the laws have seen significant changes in recent years. I'm proud to partner with Rep. McClinton and Sen. Williams for events like this because it helps the community learn about their options and reminds people that assistance is available."

Record-clearing helps people find better paying jobs and gain access to education and housing.
Erica Briant introduces the Virtual Expungement Clinic. LASP Community Engagement Staff Attorneys Megan Reinprecht and Mark O'Halloran, along with Briant, later met individually with participants in virtual breakout rooms.
PA Rep. Joanna McClinton joins the Expungement Clinic from the road, on a busy day of events honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.
Note: The Community Engagement Unit's next Virtual Expungement Clinic will be Saturday, Feb. 20 from 1-3 p.m., in partnership with PA Rep. David Delloso and Sen. Tim Kearney. Register at this Zoom link:
Help with heating bills available through April 9, 2021
If you need help paying your heating bills, or have a heating emergency, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) may be able to help.

The program is administered by the PA Dept. of Human Services. Applications will be accepted through April 9, 2021.

Visit the state website at for income eligibility guidelines, how to apply, telephone helplines, and brochures in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Cambodian, Russian and Vietnamese.
LASP Pro Bono Program
Chester County
2021 Mobile Home Tax Appeal Project needs volunteers
Attorneys, paralegals, law students, and other legal professionals are needed to help with workshops from February through July. Attorneys are needed for hearings beginning mid to late summer. To learn more or to volunteer, please contact Brian Doyle, Staff Attorney and Chester County Pro Bono Coordinator, at 610-436-4510 x211 or

About this project:

Montgomery County
Volunteers are needed for eviction hearings for Montco's EPIC program
Montgomery County Eviction Prevention and Intervention Coalition (EPIC) logo
The Eviction Prevention & Intervention Coalition (EPIC) has expanded to seven courtrooms across Montgomery County, including two courtrooms in Norristown, two in Pottstown, one in East Norriton, one in Jenkintown, and one in Lansdale. Staff Attorney Michelle Dempsky is LASP's lead attorney for EPIC, and CARES Attorney Fellow Anthony Richardson also is working on EPIC. Pro bono attorneys are needed to represent renters at eviction hearings in all seven of these courts.

To learn more about volunteering for the EPIC program, please contact Michael E. Kelley, LASP Norristown Managing Attorney, at 610-275-5400 x125, or
Bucks County
Pro bono attorneys are needed for PFA hearings in Doylestown
DOYLESTOWN - Protection from Abuse (PFA) hearings take place Wednesdays at the Bucks County Justice Center at 100 N. Main St., Doylestown 18901.

To volunteer with LASP's Bucks County Division on one or more of these dates, please contact Randi Riefner, Paralegal and Bucks County Assistant Pro Bono Coordinator, at or 215-781-1111 x203:
  • Feb. 3, Feb. 10, Feb. 17 or Feb. 24.
New COVID-19 safety protocols for Bucks PFA hearings

In January, Bucks County Protection from Abuse (PFA) court implemented multiple new protocols, designed to keep everyone as safe as possible and limit those who need to appear. 
Each judge may have specific procedures in their courtroom; their staff should be consulted to confirm if parties may be excused.

New procedures include:
  • Plaintiffs are not required to appear when defendants are facing criminal charges;
  • Plaintiffs are not required to appear if they intend to withdraw their petitions;
  • Plaintiff does not need to appear if service has not been made upon the defendant, pro bono counsel can request a continuance of the temporary order if there is one in place. 
  • If defendant is represented by private counsel and the parties, through counsel, have reached an agreement in regard to the PFA, neither party needs to appear (just counsel appears to put the agreement on record).

In all of these instances, the plaintiff should be available by phone.
JUST ADDED: Virtual Roundtable: Partnering with Community Resources with Rep. Shusterman on Feb. 4

Staff Attorney Deborah Steeves will discuss legal aid services at a Virtual Roundtable on community resources hosted by PA Rep. Melissa Shusterman. The free event will be Thursday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. Tune in live at

Whether you are in need of assistance, or you are looking to volunteer and get involved, join multiple community partners to discuss the services offered in our area.
JUST ADDED: Virtual Expungement Clinic with Rep. Delloso & Sen. Kearney Feb. 20

LASP, in partnership with PA Rep. David Delloso and Sen. Tim Kearney, will hold a Virtual Expungement Clinic Saturday, Feb. 20, from 1-3 p.m. Register at this Zoom link: After registration, participants will receive a confirmation email with a link to fill out LASP's application form online (it's a fillable PDF). 
with Montgomery County Public Defender's Office

Dealing with a criminal case sometimes means juggling civil legal issues as well. The Montgomery County Public Defender’s Office is partnering with LASP to help clients access civil legal help. LASP can assist with defending from evictions, appealing denials or terminations of benefits, and more, and provides free legal help to qualifying individuals. The Wednesday clinics started Jan. 6. This project is supported through an Independence Foundation Fellowship.

When: Every Wednesday from 3-5 p.m.
Who: Montgomery County Public Defender clients
Where: Zoom link
Meeting ID: 874 9396 5977
Passcode: civil

Or call in, by dialing 929-205-6099, entering the Meeting ID above, and the passcode 730840.

NOTE: If you have a short deadline for a civil issue within seven days of any Wednesday, please do not wait for the next virtual clinic hours to contact LASP. Call LASP’s helpline as soon as you can at 877-429-5994, Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-12pm AND 1-4 p.m. Questions about the weekly outreaches? Contact Lily Austin, Esq., Independence Fellow, at

For more information on the partnership between LASP and the Montgomery County Public Defender’s Office, see article on LASP website.

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