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Wana Saadzoi Appointed to Advisory Committee
June 12, 2020 (Harrisburg) -- PACDL President Peter E. Kratsa appointed Wana Saadzoi of The Law Offices of Wana Saadzoi, Esquire, Media to represent PACDL as a voting member of the County Adult Probation and Parole Advisory Committee of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD). The Committee was established under Act 114 of 2019 to serve in an advisory capacity to PCCD. The Committee is charged with reviewing and commenting on grant applications for county intermediate punishment programs and discretionary grants, developing a funding plan for county adult probation and parole departments, analyzing data to identify trends and to determine the effectiveness of programs and practices and make recommendations, and adopt standards for probation and parole personnel, including standards for services, and caseload standards. “We appreciate Wana’s service on this Committee and have every confidence in her ability to speak for all criminal defense practitioners,” said Kratsa.
Members of the Committee include: Honorable Timika Lane, Honorable, Russell Shurtleff, Marc Bergstrom, April Billet-Barclay, Honorable Janine Edwards, Honorable Charles Ehrlich, Honorable John Foradora, Michael Halkias, Theodore Johnson, Honorable Wade Kagarise, Geoffrey Moulton, Jr., Helen Placey, Jeff Snyder, Rick Steele, Jennifer Storm, Honorable John Trucilla, and Raymond Tonkin. The Committee held its inaugural meeting on June 11 and scheduled follow up meetings for: August 19 and November 20, 2020.

PACDL Approved as Accredited Distance Learning Provider
June 11, 2020 (Harrisburg) The Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board has approved PACDL as an accredited distance learning provider for continuing legal education.  PACDL President Peter E. Kratsa stated, “Our appreciation cannot be overstated for Beth Winters, our executive director, for obtaining the approval.  Thanks also to Adam Zucker, Rosina Stambaugh, Diane Edelstein, Michael Engle, Ashley E. Shapiro, and Ellen Brotman who prepared webinar presentations and course materials; Phil Gelso for moderating every webinar; and Wana Saadzoi for planning the courses and recruiting thought leaders. Online learning is one of the most valuable benefits an association can offer its members. I urge our members to register for upcoming PACDL webinars.”
On April 15, 2020, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania issued a Court Order temporarily waiving the six (6) hour limitation on distance learning credits for 2020 compliance deadlines. Attorneys in Pennsylvania may now complete all 12 hours of their 2020 CLE requirements through approved distance learning activities.