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straight to the community. Arize, Career Link, and Manna on Main
Street provided valuable guidance throughout the planning process
and were fantastic and informative resources for Reentry Day.
Aaron Kostyk, along with Leslie Jones of the Public Defenders'
Office, provided expungement services and advice so people could
remove hindrances to employment and exercise their right to remove
information regarding charges which did not result in conviction.
Zachary Sivertsen, Anita Davis, and Donna Marcus worked with
non-profit leaders to bring together social service providers to provide
resources and information. It was truly inspiring to see the sheer
number of providers who care so deeply about helping those citizens
of Montgomery County who most need it.
Rachel Becker organized and put to good use the numerous
generous donations made by individuals and event sponsors. Andrew
Knox, along with the tremendous staff at the MBA, put together
promotional materials to get the word out and reach people who
benefited from the clinical services and information provided. Patrice
Turenne spoke with volunteers, non-profit leaders, and participants,
to help the Leadership Academy members develop a plan to replicate
and improve this valuable service.
The Reentry Day was the culmination of a tremendous
amount of support and organizational effort and would not have
been possible without our sponsors, Penn Community Bank, the
Montgomery Bar Foundation, MontcoWorks NOW, and The TASA
Group. Reentry Day would not have been as impactful or successful
without the generous donations and assistance from Barbara Smith,
Esq., and Jennifer Gayle, Esq. In addition to our sponsors, nearly fifty
volunteers, including members of the Robert E. Slota, Jr. Summer
1L Diversity Program, all expertly organized by Jennifer Whitehurst,
Esq., stepped up to help and make an impact.
The Leadership Academy is so thankful and appreciative of the
numerous volunteers who made this event possible as well as the
participating organizations and, of course, none of this would have
been possible without the leadership, guidance, and kindness of
Nancy Walsh.
With the ongoing collaboration of the MBA, MBF, County
Government, non-profit leaders, and community members,
Montgomery County can serve as a model for how attorneys can
assist our neighbors in reintegrating into society with compassion,
dignity, and respect.

MBA Leadership
Academy
Seeks Applicants
for 2020
The MBA is currently recruiting for next year's
Leadership Academy, which will be the 6th year of
the program. This year's program will future new
workshops and opportunities, as well as perennial
favorites. Academy members will also serve as mentors
for our Summer 1L Diversity students, who will be
included in various Leadership Academy events during
the 8 weeks they are with us next summer. As the
Leadership Academy has been an effective model for
fostering diversity and engagement, we are excited
about the continued pairing of the two programs.
As always, we rely on the help of our members to
recruit a qualified and diverse class. If you are interested
in becoming a member of next year's Academy, you can
find an application at montgomerybar.org. If you know
of anyone who would be a good fit for the program,
please nominate them and encourage them to apply.
Applicants must have a minimum of 3 years of practice
and be full members of the MBA. Contact Nancy Walsh
(nancywalsh@montgomerybar.org) for more details
or with any nominations. Applications are due by
November 4th.

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