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Common Legal Issues Are Topics of Free Workshops

Selinsgrove—Area residents can learn the legal ins and outs of consumer debt, child custody, landlord-tenant relations and elder issues when the Neysa C. Adams Pro Se Assistance and Mediation Clinic presents a series of workshops starting Aug. 31 at Selinsgrove CareerLink.

Four area attorneys will conduct the workshops, which are free and open to the public, at CareerLink’s location at 713 Bridge Street. All programs begin at 7:30 p.m. and include question-and-answer sessions.

Pete Macky will present the first workshop, addressing landlord-tenant law, Aug. 31. Macky is managing attorney of the Sunbury office of North Penn Legal Services, where his practice concentrates on landlord-tenant negotiations. He also is an adjunct professor at Susquehanna University.

Consumer debt law will be the workshop topic Oct. 12, presented by Joe DeCristopher, who also practices at North Penn Legal Services in Sunbury. DeCristopher primarily handles bankruptcy matters and counsels clients who are navigating consumer debt.

On Nov. 16, Elizabeth Beswick will discuss custody law. Beswick practices family law at Beswick Law in Lewisburg.

The final workshop, on Dec. 7, will cover elder law and guardianship as presented by Marvin Rudnitsky, managing partner of Rudnitsky & Hackman, L.L.P., in Selinsgrove. A member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, WealthCounsel and ElderCounsel, he has co-authored two books on estate and business planning: “Strictly Business: Planning Strategies for Privately Owned Businesses” and “Giving: Philanthropy for Everyone,” both published by Quantum Press.

“Because of the significant divorce rate, terrible economic conditions, and ever increasing life expectancy in our community, the vast majority of our community members will face one or more of these situations in their adult life,” said Allan D. Sobel, director of Susquehanna University’s Arlin M. Adams Center for Law and Society, with which the clinic is affiliated. “We want them to be armed with good information when they do.” 

The Neysa C. Adams Pro Se Assistance and Mediation Clinic was established in 2008 to serve residents of Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties. The clinic supplies self-represented litigants in civil proceedings with general information and forms required by the court system, helps people who need legal representation find counsel, and provides mediation services to those who would like to resolve conflict on their own terms. The clinic is supported by a Good Samaritan grant and does not charge for its services. More information is available at www.susqu.edu/academics/16036.asp.

Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 30 states and 12 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu.


Karen M. Jones




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