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Pennsylvanians For Modern Courts Works To Educate People About The Judicial System

Lindsay Lazarski

The non-partisan group Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts is hosting a series of workshops, town halls and awareness programs to help educate low-income tenants on their legal rights.

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Before joining Pennsylvania for Modern Courts, Maida R. Milone practiced law and managed for-profit and nonprofit organizations.

About 23,000 households in Pittsburgh spend more than half of their income on housing, according to a needs assessment conducted by the city, putting them at risk of eviction and homelessness.

Maida Milone, Modern Court’s president and CEO, has a long history in the nonprofit world. She says these grassroots programs are integral to their mission of broader judicial reform—to not just change the system, but inform everyone who uses it.

“Fear comes from lack of knowledge,” Milone says. “If you know your rights, if you’re familiar with the process, of landlord-tenant disputes, if the magisterial district judges have a better feel for the people that are coming before them and the issues that they’re facing personally, the results have to be better for everyone.”

Find more information on the workshops here.

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Although raised by a pair of media professionals, New York Times writer Maggie Haberman says she caught the journalism bug almost by accident—she fell in love with the adrenaline of daily reporting.

Later in the program:

New York Times chief White House correspondent Maggie Haberman shares her impressions on covering businessman-turned-President Donald Trump for the last 20 years. Haberman, who covered City Hall for New York tabloids for many years before joining the Times, says Trump has always cared enormously what the established press says, especially the New York Times.

Haberman is speaking in Pittsburgh tonight at the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University. Find more information here.

90.5 WESA's Alex Lenigan and Julia Zenkevich contributed to this program.

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