This year’s conference includes a special focus on Racial Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion Programming. Workshops that will address this overarching theme include [RJ] after the session title.

Rhodia Thomas

MidPenn Legal Services
Executive Director
Harrisburg, PA
Ms. Thomas serves as executive director of MidPenn Legal Services, a nonprofit law firm that provides civil legal services to low-income individuals and families and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in 18 counties in Central-Pennsylvania. She graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Education and received her J.D. from Widener Commonwealth Law School. She is president of the PA Project Directors Association, chair of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association board of directors, a member of the PBA House of Delegates, a PA Bar Foundation board member, and a member of the PBA Minority Bar Committee. For three years, she co-chaired MBC’s Diversity Summit, and she is currently a co-chair of the MBC’s Minority Attorney Conference Planning Subcommittee and a former secretary of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Ms. Thomas has received several awards, including the PLAN Excellence Award, Women of Excellence Award, the African American Project Director Outstanding Leadership Award, The Frank Grady Outstanding Professional Award, and the Widener Commonwealth Law School Alumni Association Outstanding Service Award. In addition, Ms. Thomas has trained at national conferences on issues of diversity, inclusion and implicit Bias; board development; and succession planning.