Attorneys - Jill M. Scheidt

Jill M. Scheidt received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University in 1989.  While a student at Penn State, Jill played the clarinet in the marching and concert Blue Bands.  She received her Juris Doctorate from the Villanova University School of Law in 1992.

Jill has been a member of the Pennsylvania Bar since 1992 and has been admitted to the United States District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts since 1993 and the United States Supreme Court since 2009.  Since 1992, Jill has practiced in Berks County with current concentrations in family law including custody, support and divorce.  Over the past 26 years, Jill has litigated a variety of cases to verdict, including premises liability, medical malpractice, motor vehicle negligence, assault, DUI and three murder cases, including one capital case.  She has also taught courses in the paralegal program at the Pennsylvania State University in legal research, legal writing, civil procedure, criminal law and torts.  She taught Introduction to Business as an adjunct instructor at Reading Area Community College.

Jill was active in the PBA Young Lawyers Division as a young lawyer and is currently a member of the PBA UPL Committee, having previously been appointed as Vice Chair of that Committee.  She was recently appointed as co-chair of the PBA’S Political Action Committee.  She is a member of the Women in the Profession and served on the investigative committee for the Judicial Evaluation Committee as well as the President’s Planning Committee.  She was the Women-at-Large Governor on the PBA Board of Governors having been appointed by Past President Francis X. O’Connor from 2015-2018.  She is also a member of the PBA Conference of County Bar Leaders, of which she will be the President in 2020, and serves on the PBA Family Law Council.

Jill has served on the Board of Directors of the Reading Musical Foundation, Berks County’s premier music funding non-profit agency, since 1998.  She has held positions of Secretary, Vice Chair and Chair of the Outreach Committee and was Chair of the Board of the Foundation from 2006 to 2009.  She served on the Board of the Wyomissing Area Education Foundation from 2011-2014.  Jill is also solicitor for the Ringgold Band and played with the band for a few years in the 1990’s.
 
Jill became involved in the Berks County Bar Association, after admission, by joining the Young Lawyers Section and has remained active ever since.  She was President of the Association in 2011.  She formerly chaired the Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL) Committee, and currently co-chairs the Family Law Section.  She is a former editor of the Berks County Law Journal, and former Chair of the following committees:  Outreach, Criminal Law and Governmental Affairs.

Recognizing that the Hispanic Community is especially vulnerable to fraud perpetrated by notaries public, Jill represented the Berks County Bar Association and the Daniel Torres Hispanic Center of Reading in a civil suit in 2005.  The suit was against a non-lawyer notary who represented litigants in the Hispanic community.  Jill was recognized in 2006 by then PBA President Kenneth J. Horoho, Jr. with the PBA President’s Everyday Leader Award for her efforts.

Jill is a frequent speaker on local television and radio shows discussing various legal topics.  She is also a presenter and moderator of courses for other lawyers on a variety of topics including custody, divorce, support, mental health issues, unauthorized practice of law, living wills, effective use of paralegals, and criminal law topics including expungement.  

Jill is a partner in the firm of Masano Bradley in Wyomissing.  Jill resides in Wyomissing with her husband, Christopher Heslop, and two sons.  She is a member of Atonement Lutheran Church.

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