Monroe County Bar Association Receives Awards from the Pennsylvania Bar Association


Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Bar Association presented three County Bar Recognition Awards to the Monroe County Bar Association during the 45th Annual Seminar of the Conference of County Bar Leaders, Feb. 24 – 26, in State College.

Recognized for its “Wills for Heroes” program, its support staff luncheon and the A. Mitchell Palmer Award Dinner, the Monroe County Bar Association is one of 24 local bar associations in Pennsylvania honored this year for sponsoring projects that improve the legal profession, justice system or community. The awards are presented annually by the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

“Thousands of lawyers voluntarily invest their time and talents into programs and services that improve our local communities, and this outstanding commitment to service deserves to be recognized,” said PBA President Gretchen A. Mundorff. “It is important to recognize the many legal professionals that are making positive impacts on the lives of Pennsylvania residents.”

The association, in partnership with the American Bar Association and the Wills for Heroes Foundation, offered a “Wills for Heroes” session that provided basic wills to 35 local first responders at no cost. The association contacted police stations, fire stations and ambulance corps by mail and phone to inform first responders to the opportunity to obtain free wills. Lawyers, legal assistants, secretaries and notaries donated their time to make the program possible. During the program, volunteers also helped first responders fill out healthcare proxies and living wills.

The association sponsors an annual luncheon to recognize and honor the hard work of secretaries, paralegals and administration assistants who work for law offices, for legal services and in the courthouse. The association’s president attends the event and makes introductions among the attendees.

The A. Mitchell Palmer Award Dinner recognizes a Monroe County resident for his or her long-term contributions to civic and community service, for exhibiting high moral character and for preferring peace over conflict. Palmer was a lawyer, owner of three local newspapers and a major owner of the Stroudsburg National Bank. Palmer served as attorney general for two years, was elected to Congress for three terms, and was a candidate for president in 1912 and 1920. Award winners have included President Judge Ronald E. Vican, Monroe County Court of Common Pleas; attorney Alex Bensinger; Todd Martin, Monroe County sheriff; and businessman John J. Riley.

The Conference of County Bar Leaders, whose membership includes leaders from county bar associations throughout the state and from the Pennsylvania Bar Association, organizes a yearly educational conference focusing on the exchange of innovative bar association projects and ideas and on the development of mutually-beneficial relationships among bar leaders that improve the legal profession.

Founded in 1895, the Pennsylvania Bar Association strives to promote justice, professional excellence and respect for the law; improve public understanding of the legal system; facilitate access to legal services; and serve the 29,000 lawyers who are members of the association.

Source: Pennsylvania Bar Association, 100 South Street, P.O. Box 186, Harrisburg, PA 17108-0186