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March 07, 2014

PLAN to Honor Bar's Zebe March 18

Merril L. Zebe, Public Interest Coordinator for the Philadelphia Bar Association, will be honored by the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN) at its 2014 Excellence Awards Dinner on Tuesday, March 18 at the Harrisburg Hilton & Towers.

Zebe is among a variety of civil legal aid professionals and friends of civil legal aid across Pennsylvania who are being recognized for their efforts in support of the clients served by the civil legal programs of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network.

Zebe joined the Philadelphia Bar Association staff in 2003. She received a B.S.W. degree from Temple University in 1976 and a J.D. degree from the University of Santa Clara Law School in 1980. She is an experienced public interest attorney and worked as a legal advocate with Community Legal Services Society, Inc., in Wilmington, Del., for 13 years. Zebe also served as a Director of Development for several nonprofit social services agencies in the greater Delaware Valley area.

One of Zebe's primary responsibilities is to provide staff support for the Association's Delivery of Legal Services Committee (DLSC), a committee composed of executive directors from over thirty nonprofit public interest law firms as well as law school representatives, leaders of the Bar Association and the private bar, law firm pro bono coordinators, judges and foundation directors that meet monthly to leverage their abilities to provide legal services and advocacy for low-income and other disadvantaged and under-served populations in Philadelphia. Additionally, she provides staff support and assistance to the Philadelphia Bar Association's Civil Gideon and Access to Justice Task Force. Zebe also staffs the "Civil Legal Justice Coalition," a statewide coalition co-chaired by representatives from the Philadelphia Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association and Allegheny Bar Association. The honorary chair of the Coalition is Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille. Coalition members include statewide stakeholders and many public interest and private firm leaders committed to improving access to justice in Pennsylvania.

Other honorees include Pennsylvania state Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, chair, Senate Judiciary Committee; David Hill, Philadelphia Legal Assistance; Harvey Strauss, Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania; Ann Carson and Connie Kelley, volunteer paralegals, Neighborhood Legal Services Association; Linda Timberlake, MidPenn Legal Services; Kenneth Try, paralegal, McNerney, Page, Vanderlin & Hall; York County Court of Common Pleas Judge John Uhler and Robert Woods, executive director, United Way of York County; and John Whitelaw, Community Legal Services. For more information, visit

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