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Attorneys to offer free legal advice in Sharpsburg

| Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Attorneys will give people in need free legal advice beginning this month.

Faith United Methodist Church's Roots of Faith Ministry in Sharpsburg will host The Neighborhood Table Legal Clinic on the first Thursday of each month at the same time as its free Neighborhood Table meal.

The event will feature attorneys providing up to 25 minutes of free legal advice and consultation on civil issues.

The Rev. Tom Parkinson said he was thrilled to be able to offer the clinic.

“If they can get 25 minutes with someone with expertise, that could give them a chance to chart a course out of a tough situation,” he said.

Leigh Poltrock, an attorney at Pepper Hamilton LLP and a member of the church, said several other free clinics had recently closed or lost their space to operate.

The location on Main Street in Sharpsburg seemed like an ideal place to use.

“I figured there was probably a need in the community for those types of services, and it just seemed sort of like a natural place to offer them,” Poltrock said.

Attorneys from Pepper Hamilton LLP and Dickie McCamey and Chilcote, P.C. will staff the clinic.

It is a signature project of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation.

The clinic will focus on everything but criminal and family law.

Issues covered will include landlord and tenant issues, problems with contractors and consumer law.

“Just about everything you could think of,” Poltrock said.

The clinic will help place people in a better position within the legal system, Poltrock said.

“The cost of legal services is a growing obstacle to a lot of people being able to protect their own rights and have a say in court or in the court process,” Poltrock said.

The clinic is open from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month beginning Aug. 7.

The Roots of Faith Ministry is located at 800 Main St.

Tom McGee is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513, or

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