About the 2015 Summit
The York County Bar Foundation hosted the inaugural York County Legal Aid Community Summit on October 6, 2015, at The Yorktowne Hotel. The first of its kind, the civil legal aid summit brought together over 110 attendees including legislators, human services agencies and other service providers, along with court personnel, to learn about the availability of critical legal services for indigent York County residents.
The York County Bar Foundation, MidPenn Legal Services, ACCESS-York, Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center, the York County Court Self-Help & Law Resource Center, and PA 2-1-1, shared an overview of the services they provide.
After learning more about the legal services available, the attendees participated in a facilitated discussion led by Sharon Browning, Esq., owner of JUST Listening and former Executive Director of Philadelphia VIP (the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia).
This feedback will be used to identify the barriers to legal services in the community and develop ideas and solutions to close the access to justice gap.
To view the complete civil legal aid summit video, click here.
Pennsylvania Bar Association Honors York Bar Legal Aid Advocate
On behalf of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, David K. Trevaskis, Esq., Pro Bono Coordinator, along with PBA President-Elect Sara Austin, Esq., presented Robert W. Pullo with the Pro Bono Partner Award.
The leadership of Robert W. Pullo, former chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the Waypoint/York Federal Foundation, Inc., has been invaluable to the York County Bar Association and Foundation’s efforts to raise awareness of, and funding to address, the civil legal aid crisis in York County.
Since 2007, Mr. Pullo has been an advocate for civil legal aid in York County. Understanding that legal aid is a community wide issue, he assisted the York County Bar Foundation with a plan to look outside of the legal community for funding. Through his leadership, a full-time family law position at the York Office of MidPenn Legal Services was funded. When the dollars originally raised for this position had been depleted, Mr. Pullo was instrumental in helping to build an endowment fund to ensure future funding for legal aid by kick starting the named fund campaign. He pledged to donate $25,000 if two attorneys would support the effort with an equal personal donation. By 2014, the endowment fund grew to $1.3 million.
It’s anticipated that the endowment fund will exceed $5 million by 2019 with the recent launch of the Shelter from the Storm Partnership in which Mr. Pullo’s contribution to the steering committee has been invaluable. He is continually prompting the York County Bar Foundation and steering committee to “think big.”
The York County Bar Association and Foundation are grateful to Mr. Pullo for his past and continued leadership as a community partner.