|Stormie B. Mauck|
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Stormie B. Mauck has yet to earn her bachelor of
science degree in legal assistant/paralegal studies, but the
Pennsylvania College of Technology student already has a full-time job
at a Williamsport law firm and is lending her expertise to two Lycoming
County task forces — one focused on elder abuse and the other on heroin.
Beech Creek resident, who says she’s known since middle school that a
law career was ideal for her, is a civil litigation paralegal at Lepley,
Engelman & Yaw and recently began volunteering for the Elder Law
Task Force and Project Bald Eagle, a successor to the Heroin Task Force.
Both initiatives are focused on community education and were
spearheaded by Lycoming County President Judge Nancy L. Butts.
is assisting Butts in the development of the county’s Elder Law Task
Force devoted to ensuring the rights of elderly and incapacitated
populations are recognized and upheld. Last year, numerous
recommendations handed down by the Elder Law Task Force of the Supreme
Court of Pennsylvania included the creation or continuation of elder
abuse task forces in each county to develop best practices, facilitate
information sharing, and enable and promote collaboration among service
agencies and other organizations.
“The task force will work
toward making the Lycoming County court system more accessible to our
elders in cases involving abuse, neglect, guardianship and other
matters,” Mauck said. “Many elderly facing incapacitation hearings don’t
know they have the right to an attorney or to have an independent
medical examination. Many are not aware that if they are legally
determined ‘incapacitated’ they will lose their right to enter into
contracts and to manage their own finances.”
For her part in
aiding the Elder Law Task Force, Mauck is consulting with the
Pennsylvania Institute on Protective Services to gain information
regarding starting the task force, and she is reaching out to various
local agencies and organizations to facilitate roundtable discussions.
has been an enormous help in coordinating the pre-planning and
logistics to convene the Elder Law Task Force,” Butts said. “She is very
bright and has an incredible work ethic. I hope that she can see this
project through with me until she heads off to law school.”
work with Project Bald Eagle is a continuation of her volunteer work
with the former Lycoming County Heroin Task Force and mostly includes
writing press releases and assisting with social media sites as part of
that task force’s attempt to educate the public on resources available
for individuals and families affected by the growing epidemic of heroin
and prescription drug abuse.
“Heroin is a devastating problem in
our community, and everyone should get behind the efforts to educate our
youth and the public,” Mauck said.
Butts added: “Beginning with
the Heroin Task Force, and now with Project Bald Eagle, education of the
public is our No. 1 priority. Having Stormie’s social media savvy has
really increased our public profile!”
Project Bald Eagle is a
nonprofit, community-based, public health initiative supported by Penn
College, Lycoming College, Susquehanna Health System and Lycoming
Mauck earned an associate of applied science degree in
legal assistant/paralegal in May 2014 and plans to attain her bachelor’s
degree in May 2016. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA and was named to
Lambda Epsilon Chi, the national honor society founded by the American
Association for Paralegal Education.
She was hired as a full-time
paralegal at Lepley, Engleman & Yaw following an internship there
in spring 2014. Mauck also works as a legal and writing tutor in Penn
College's writing center.
Next, she is applying to law school.
In addition to all that she juggles professionally, Mauck is the single parent of a 5-year-old daughter, Emma.
says she initially decided to only enroll in the associate-degree
program because “I figured two years wouldn’t be a giant impact on my
Mauck added: “When I got into the program, I
realized I found my calling. I actually like doing my homework. And, my
internship was so rewarding because I was putting all of my knowledge
The 2009 Central Mountain High School graduate says
she’s received a great deal of support and encouragement from her
parents — Brian and Sharla Mauck — and her professors.
the first generation of my family to go to college,” she said. “My dad
is always inspiring me to reach my potential. His unwavering support and
belief in me has really motivated me.”
She has also received a great deal of support from her legal assistant/paralegal professors at Penn College.
professors are all approachable and extremely knowledgeable,” Mauck
said. “They sincerely want to see you succeed. They also understand you
have a life outside of school.”
One who stands out in her mind is Kevin R. Derr, professor of legal assistant.
was much less outgoing when I started college. Kevin got me into
tutoring and helped me get my internship,” Mauck said. “From my first
semester, he insisted that I get my bachelor’s degree and further my
education. He constantly told me, ‘It would be a waste of your talent to
not pursue some type of grad program.’ I would not have continued on if
it wasn’t for his persistent encouragement. The faculty in the
paralegal program encourage you to do everything you can to further
Progressing in her professional, as well as personal, life is something this Penn College student takes seriously.
want to be an inspiration to my daughter. I want her to see that if you
work really hard, nothing is unobtainable. I hope my daughter looks up
to me and never lets anything stand in the way of her aspirations,”
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