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Browse our photo gallery to watch our staff and volunteers in action.
10/17/2023 - MidPenn Staff attended the I.D.E.A.L. Conversation Breakfast in York, PA. Front Row L- R Abigail Rivera, Carrie Bowmaster, Rhodia Thomas, Yinet Perez-Vega, Alissa Cardenas Harrison, Eliz Nestorov; Back row (L-R) Michael Lister, Leslie Martinez-Arce, Angelica Matias, Katie Wentzel
York County Expungement/Pardon Clinic
July 12, 2023 - MidPenn Attorney Yinet Perez Vega took part in an Expungement and Pardon Clinic in York County. Yinet worked with the Pardon Project of York County along with The Program "It's About Change", the York County (PA) Bar Association/York County Bar Foundation and the York County Clerk of Courts to help 50 individuals seeking a fresh start.
June 6, 2023 - On June 6, 2023, MidPenn Legal Services’ Justice & Equity Center hosted the I.D.E.A.L. (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility in Legal Aid) breakfast event. This event was an important step towards initiating conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) issues from a civil legal aid perspective in Lancaster County. With an esteemed panel of speakers, Deborah D. Vereen, Fran Rodriguez and Arlene Marshall-Hockensmith, Esq., attendees had the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the complexities of DEI issues and to become more effective advocates in their communities.
Language Justice Training
May 2023 - Attorneys Yinet Perez Vega and Nick Matash were two of MidPenn's attorney staff conducting training for interpreters with the International Service Center. The trainings conducted throughout May focused on civil legal aid issues. Having a basic understanding of these issues and related terminology will aid the interpreters as they work with individuals seeking legal assistance.
MidPenn Attorneys Judith Kline and Angelica Matias at the expungement and pardon clinic. The event took place at the DoubleTree in Reading and was hosted by Magisterial District Judges Tonya Butler and Carissa Johnson. The event was sponsored by state Sen. Judy Schwank, Berks Connections/Pretrial Services, MidPenn Legal Services, and the Berks County Bar Association. 107 Berks County residents attended and received assistance at Thursday evenings expungement and pardon clinic.
Eliz Nestorov - Women of Excellence
1/5/2023 - Congratulations to our Director of Development Eliz Nestorov on being selected as a member of the YWCA Greater Harrisburg Tribute to Women of Excellence Class of 2023. In addition to her work at MidPenn she is also active in a variety of local and international groups such as the Diversity & Inclusion Professionals of Central PA, World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, Women in International Security, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and many more. The Tribute to Women of Excellence will be taking place Wednesday, March 29 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
9/2/2022 - MidPenn is excited to announce that we have received a grant from the Lancaster County Community Foundation to train its staff on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion as they continue to work to provide high quality civil legal services on behalf of vulnerable and marginalized populations. MidPenn Deputy Director Laurie Baughman (left) and Director of Development Eliz Nestorov (right) recently attended the Opening Encounter experience with Tony Hernandez (center), and the rest of the grantees. Tony Hernandez' workshop was about Points of View.
6/21/22 - Congratulations to retired MidPenn Staff John Mitton, Esq. and Carolyn Sexton. At the York County (PA) Bar Association/York County Bar Foundation's Annual Recognition Dinner, John was presented with the PBA Civil Legal Aid Attorney of the Year Award and Carolyn was presented with the PBA Pro Bono Partner Award for their distinguished careers and dedication to the provision of legal services.
MidPenn E.D. at NLADA Exemplar Awards
6/9/22 - “ We witness and fight against the intersectional symptoms of systemic racism every day. We hold the collective power to bring about sustainable change in advancing racial equity in America.” Says Rhodia Thomas, Chair of the NLADA Board of Directors and Executive Director of MidPenn Legal Services.
5/22/22 - MidPenn Reading Attorney Angelica Matias shares information about local resources for veterans at the Veteran’s Expo at Alvernia University. Photo by Berks Bar Association.
3/22/2022 - We love hearing from our clients. MidPenn Attorney Jim Orgass recently received this letter from an appreciative client.
International Women's Day 2022
3/8/22 - On International Women's Day, we'd like to take a moment to recognize the women on MidPenn's staff who are dedicated to promoting equal access to justice in the communities we serve.