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Robert A. Oakley, Esq., NWLS Executive Director, Receives Excellence Award

NWLS executive director Robert A. Oakley, Esq., was named a 2012 Excellence Award honoree by the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN), the agency that administers state funding for civil legal services. Oakley was honored for his 35 years of service to legal aid as a community educator, board member, staff attorney and managing attorney for a legal services organization in Ohio, and as executive director of programs in both southeastern Wyoming and northwestern Pennsylvania. In addition to his years of service to legal aid, Oakley has been active in community groups in the region. He is currently the board president for the JFK Center, Inc., a neighborhood organization that provides a wide variety of essential services to inner city residents of Erie.

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James A. Montero, Office Manager & Legal Assistant, Receives Liberty Bell Award

Liberty Bell Award

Jim received the 2011 Liberty Bell Award presented by the Erie County Bar Association at the Law Day luncheon. Jim has been employed at Northwestern Legal Services and will be celebrating his 35th anniversary of service to the low-income community. During these many years of consecutive service to our clients, he has consistently demonstrated the highest standards of professionalism and integrity in the performance of his job responsibilities, and has become an important advocate for Spanish-speaking individuals and families in northwestern Pennsylvania.

James A. Montero, Legal Assistant & Office Manager

Jim receives the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network 2010 Excellence Awards.  He is the office manager and paralegal at the Erie office of Northwestern Legal Services, is one of the founding fathers of the Hispanic-American Council of Erie, Montero serves as an important advocate for immigrant families in northwestern Pennsylvania.

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Managing Attorney Paul Troskosky

NWLS Bradford Office Managing Attorney is awarded Pa Legal Aid Network's 2008 Excellence Award.  Paul was recognized for "his profound commitment to legal aid, collegial mentoring and “unfailing professionalism while providing quality services to low-income clients.”  

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