204 Pa. Code § 401.8 - Prohibited Use

Current through Register Vol. 51, No. 40, October 2, 2021

Recipients of funds under this Act are prohibited from using them for the following purposes:

(a) Political and Lobbying Activities. Funds shall not be used to contribute to or be made available to any political party or association, or the campaign of any candidate for public or party office or similar political activities or to support or oppose candidates from public or party office or to support or oppose candidates for public or party office or to support or oppose any ballot questions or to engage in lobbing activities, except that:
(1) A Recipient of funds may engage in lobbying activities in response to a request from a governmental agency, legislative body, committee, member or staff thereof made to the recipient, consistent with the Rules of Professional Conduct.
(2) A Recipient may engage in lobbying activities in the provision of legal services to an eligible client on a particular application, claim or case, which directly involves that client's legal rights and responsibilities, however this shall not be construed to a permit a Recipient to solicit a client, in violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct, for the purpose of making such representation possible.
(b) Fee generating case. Funds shall not be used to provide legal assistance in a fee-generating case unless other adequate representation is unavailable. All Recipients shall establish procedures for the referral of fee-generating cases.
(1) Other adequate representative is deemed to be unavailable when the Recipient has determined that free referral is not possible because:
(i) The case has been rejected by the local lawyer referral service, or by two private attorneys, or the Recipient's experience within the previous six months with similar cases is that the current case will not be accepted by a private attorney; or
(ii) Neither the referral service nor any lawyer will consider the case without payment of a consultation fee; or
(iii) Emergency circumstances compel immediate action before referral can be made, but the client is advised that if appropriate, and consistent with professional responsibility, referral will be attempted at a later time; or
(2) Recovery of damages is not the principal object of the case and a request for damages is merely ancillary to an action for equitable or other non-pecuniary relief, or inclusion of a counterclaim requesting damages is necessary for effective defense or because of applicable rules governing joinder of counterclaims; or
(3) A court appoints a Recipient or an employee of a Recipient pursuant to a statute or a court rule or practice of equal applicability to all attorneys in the jurisdiction; or
(4) An eligible client is seeking benefits under Subchapter II of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. 401, et seq., as amended, Federal Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance Benefits; or Subchapter XVI of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. 1381, et seq., as amended, Supplemental Security Income for Aged, Blind, and Disabled.
(5) A Recipient may seek and accept a fee awarded or approved by a court or administrative body, or included in a settlement, if the requirements of sub-section 401.8 (b)(1) are met.
(6) When a case or matter subject to this sub-section results in a recovery of damages, other than statutory benefits, a Recipient may accept reimbursement from the client for out-of-pocket costs and expenses incurred in connection with the case or matter, if
(i) The requirements of sub-section 401.8(b)(1) are met, and
(ii) The client has agreed in writing to reimburse the Recipient for such costs and expenses.
(7) Nothing in this part shall prevent a Recipient from:
(i) Requiring a client to pay court fees when the client does not qualify to proceed informa pauperis under the rules of the jurisdiction; or
(ii) Acting as a co-counsel with a private attorney when the case meets the standards set forth in sub-section 401.8(b)(1) and accepting part of any fees that may result from a shared case.
(c) Defense of Criminal Prosecutions.
(1) Funds shall not be used to provide legal assistance with respect to a criminal proceeding, unless authorized by sub-section 401.8(c)(2).
(2) Legal assistance may be provided with respect to a criminal proceeding;
(i) Pursuant to a court appointment made under a statute or a court rule or practice of equal applicability to all attorneys in the jurisdiction, if authorized by the Recipient after a determination that it is consistent with the Recipient's primary responsibility to provide legal assistance to clients in civil matters; or
(ii) When professional responsibility requires representation in a criminal proceeding arising out of a transaction with respect to which the client is being, or has been, represented by a Recipient.
(3) Actions Attacking Criminal Convictions. Funds shall not be used to provide legal assistance in civil actions to persons who have been convicted of a criminal charge where the civil action arises out of alleged acts or failures to act and the action is brought against an official of the court or against a law enforcement official for the purpose of challenging the validity of the criminal conviction.

However, this sub-section does not prohibit legal assistance pursuant to a court appointment made under a statute or a court rule or practice of equal applicability to all attorneys in the jurisdiction, if authorized by the Recipient after a determination that it is consistent with the primary responsibility of the Recipient to provide legal assistance to eligible clients in civil matters.

(d) Statutory Right to Counsel. Funds shall not be used to provide legal assistance in cases in which the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has an obligation to provide counsel to the indigent through another source identified by statute.

Notes

204 Pa. Code § 401.8

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