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Speedy Trial 5K

Harrisburg, PA - Executive Director Rhodia Thomas accepted a $2,500 check from the Phi Alpha Delta Pepper Chapter-Widener University Commonwealth Law School. MPLS was a Speedy Trial 5K beneficiary!

Reading Eagle - Two local attorneys were recently honored at the annual Berks County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Celebration for their pro bono work.

Amy B. Good was named Pennsylvania’s Civil Legal Aid Attorney of the Year, a statewide honor that association Executive Director Donald J. Smith Jr. said was a first for Berks. Jeffrey R. Boyd received the county-level Pro Bono Award for his work in Berks.

Reading Eagle - Peighton Schwalm, a senior, interned at MidPenn Legal Services in Reading. She said she learned and experienced things outside of the realm of the classroom. Schwalm said, "through this program, I have gotten to see many aspects of the legal field and I have used these observations to help me determine what I would like to study in college and my potential career path."

PR Newswire - Central Pennsylvania's third annual Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival will take place Saturday, Oct. 27, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, 161 Museum Dr., Hershey. A VIP session featuring a renowned, seventh-generation distiller will take place from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM, an hour before the Grand Tasting. The event will feature more than 200 premium distilled spirits from world-renowned brands, as well as highly rated, reserve, and small batch products for sampling. The tasting list will feature whiskey, scotch, bourbon, vodka, tequila, rum, gin, cordials, and hand-crafted cocktails.

A portion of all proceeds will benefit MidPenn Legal Services, a United Way-associated 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides civil legal aid to families and individuals living at or below poverty level who face serious hardships in the areas of family law and custody, domestic violence, elder law, and more.

Community Chest to wrap up 2018 campaign

Shippenburg News-Chronicle

Centre Daily Times - Program Manager Beckie Romig said the shelter has steadily grown since it started in 2011 — partly because more people know about Out of the Cold, but she said she also thinks the homeless population has continued to grow.

“Last year we saw a pretty large influx of a much younger demographic, and (we’re) not quite sure why that is. … Some of them, I think, are folks that age out of the foster system and end up on the streets. And some it’s related to addiction, some it’s just related to financial considerations — it’s hard to find a job in this town that can sustain an apartment,” Romig said.

West Reading, PA - Reading Hospital announced that is "Be Well Berks" grant program has awarded funding to five programs that are address health priorities identified in the Community Health Needs Assessment. MidPenn Legal Services was awarded funding to implement a Medical Legal Partnership in Berks County.

Why It’s Hard to Protect Domestic-Violence Survivors Online

The Atlantic - A “no-contact” provision is a common inclusion in many kinds of temporary and permanent restraining orders (or “orders of protection”), and it usually protects an individual from being contacted by another specific individual, directly or through a third party. In the last 10 years, many states have begun specifying in their standard order-of-protection language that digital contact, be it via email or text or social media, is in fact a form of contact.

Generocity - Legislation that would automatically seal the criminal records of low-level, nonviolent offenders passed in the Pennsylvania Senate on Friday afternoon with a vote of 49-0.

Pittsburgh Post Gazette - The costs associated with practicing law on a pro bono basis can be a barrier for some retired lawyers who want to offer free legal services to low-income people. But a new program approved by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania is meant to help ease the financial burden.

York Dispatch - The York City Council adopted a resolution in support of expungement clinics during a Wednesday, May 30, news conference at York City Hall. The resolution supports efforts by the York County Bar Association and Harrisburg-based MidPenn Legal Services to educate and assist individuals with criminal records regarding expungement.

The Legal Intelligencer - With a new pilot program coming online soon, attorneys in Pennsylvania will no longer have to split time between earning continuing legal education credits and performing pro bono services for the community, but instead will be able to do both at the same time.

Statecollege.com - The Centre County Board of Commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding in support of the center applying for a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women. CCWRC is partnering on the application with the county's offices of adult services and criminal justice planning, Central PA CareerLink, MidPenn Legal Services and Bridge of Hope.

Centre Daily Times - While it may seem scary to face a tax problem alone, help is available. For some taxpayers, the best option is to hire an attorney, CPA or enrolled agent. For other taxpayers, there are free services available through a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic or Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site.

NPR - For Care Connections at Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine in Lancaster, Pa., housing problems are a key area that requires legal expertise. When someone is fighting eviction, has problems with federal housing subsidies, suffers a utility shut-off or has poor housing conditions, the staff members of Care Connections call on Catherine Schultz. She is a legal aid attorney with MidPenn Legal Services, which has a contract to work on such cases for Lancaster General Hospital.

Public Opinion - The Young Lawyers Division of the Franklin County Bar Association celebrated Law Day with a Mock Trial for county youth.

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