STATE & LOCAL BAR ASSOCIATIONS SPONSOR STATEWIDE LAW MONTH CELEBRATION

— Celebrating our Symbols of Freedom —

In partnership with county bar associations, the PBA held the third annual statewide Law Month effort titled “Symbols of Freedom.” Beginning April 26, 2002, with kick-off events throughout the state and continuing through May 30, the Law Month celebration brought together over 1,000 judges, lawyers and schools to help children learn about the law and our country’s unique symbols of freedom. Click here to view the list of judges and lawyers.

The official statewide kick-off ceremony was held at Oliver Heckman Elementary School in Langhorne, Pa, and featured PBA President-elect Timothy J. Carson, Bucks County Bar Association President Christopher Brill and Director of Elementary Education Richard Marotto. During the program, fifth-grade student Caitlyn Kershaw was honored for winning the association’s statewide poster contest, which centered on the Symbols of Freedom theme. Following the ceremony, judges and lawyers visited classrooms to talk with students about the law.

“The PBA was pleased to join with the students at Heckman Elementary School to kick-off Pennsylvania’s Law Day celebration,” President-elect Carson said. “Since the events of September 11, teaching about the rule of law has taken on new significance. It is now more important than ever for students, young and old, to share in the knowledge of what makes our country stand apart.”

To achieve these goals, the PBA, in conjunction with LEAP-Kids Inc., developed the Law Day 2002 K-12 Lesson Plan & Idea Guide to help educators, judges and lawyers bring the law to life for students. The guide includes law-related lesson plans for all grade levels, ready-to-copy handouts and useful informational resources for educators. In addition, the guide helps educators prepare for the Proposed State Academic Standards for Civics and Government by correlating each lesson plan to the appropriate academic standards it satisfies.

Local and county bar associations partnering in the statewide celebration include: Allegheny; Beaver; Berks; Blair; Bucks; Butler; Cameron; Carbon; Centre; Chester; Clearfield; Clinton; Crawford; Cumberland; Dauphin; Elk; Erie; Fayette; Franklin; Fulton; Greene; Huntingdon; Indiana; Jefferson; Lawrence; Lebanon; Luzerne; Lycoming; Mercer; Monroe; Montgomery; Northampton; Philadelphia; Schuylkill; Union; Venango; Washington; Wayne; Westmoreland; and York.

SPECIAL THANKS

The PBA would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for helping to make Law Day 2002 possible:

Michael Angelelli, Esq., Clinton County Bar Association
Ryan N. Armstrong, Esq., Greene County Bar Association
Elizabeth Beswick, Esq., Union County Bar Association
Christopher Brill, Esq., Bucks County Bar Association
Rebecca Brooks, Chester County Bar Association
Joseph Burke III, Esq., Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association
Jonathan Butterfield, Esq., Lycoming Law Association
Thomas Campion Jr., Esq., Schuylkill County Bar Association
Daniel Casciato, Allegheny County Bar Association
*Hon. John F. Cherry
Samuel Clark, Esq., Indiana County Bar Association
Ray Conlon, Esq., Butler County Bar Association
Maria Musti Cook, Esq., York County Bar Association
Sarah R. Dickinson, Esq. Elk County Bar Association
Jeffrey DuBois, Esq., Clearfield County Bar Association
*Hon. Myrna Field
Bruce Getsinger, Esq., Venango County Bar Association
William F. Harris, Esq., Northampton County Bar Association
Dwight C. Harvey, Esq., Fulton County Bar Association
Oliver Heckman Elementary School
*Donald Imler, Hollidaysburg Area Senior School
Keith L. Kilgore, Esq., Lebanon County Bar Association
*Susan Kenny, Monroe County Bar Association
Mary Kollas Kennedy, Esq., Cumberland County Bar Association
*Hon. Thomas King Kistler
*Barbara Kittrell, Berks County Bar Association
Sue Knauss, Montgomery Bar Association
Gregory M. Kruk, Esq., Jefferson County Bar Association
Richard Laws, Esq., Centre County Bar Association
LEAP-Kids, Inc.
Andrea L. Lehman, Esq., Huntingdon County Bar Association
Brian J. Lindsay, Esq., Crawford County Bar Association
Paul Malizia, Esq., Cameron County Bar Association
Matthew L. Meagher, Esq., Wayne County Bar Association
*Seth Mendelsohn, Esq., PBA Young Lawyers Division Immediate Past Chair
*Kathleen Miller, principal, Schaull Elementary School
*Hon. Linda Wallach Miller, Law-Related Education Committee Co-chair
*Rosa Copeland Miller, Law-Related Education Committee Vice-chair
Donald Morgan, Dauphin County Bar Association
*Susan Morgan, Pennsylvania Newspaper Association
*Craig B. Neely, Esq.
JoEllen Pastore, Lawrence County Bar Association
Pennsylvania Newspaper Association
Paul J. Powers, Esq., Mercer County Bar Association
Vincent J. Roskovensky II, Esq., Fayette County Bar Association
Kathy L. Sabol, Washington County Bar Association
*Grace Schuyler, Esq.
Carolyn Seibert-Drager, Franklin County Bar Association
Steven R. Serfass, Esq., Carbon County Bar Association
*Sandra Brydon Smith, Erie County Bar Association
Katherine Stine, Esq., Blair County Bar Association
*Andrew F. Susko, Esq.
*Louis N. Teti, Esq., Law-Related Education Committee Co-chair
Suellen Verlihay, Beaver County Bar Association
Genna Viozzi, Philadelphia Bar Association
Jill Vogenberg, Esq., Bucks County Bar Association
Kate Wiatrowski, Esq., Westmoreland Bar Association

* Member of the PBA Law-Related Education Committee

State & Local Bar Associations Kick-Off Statewide Law Month Celebration

- Celebrating our Symbols of Freedom -

On April 26, 2002, the Pennsylvania Bar Association launched the third annual statewide Law Month effort titled “Symbols of Freedom.” The official statewide kick-off ceremony was held at Oliver Heckman Elementary School in Langhorne, Pa, and featured then PBA President-elect Timothy J. Carson, Bucks County Bar Association President Christopher Brill and Director of Elementary Education Richard Marotto. During the program, fifth-grade student Caitlyn Kershaw was honored for winning the association’s statewide poster contest, which centered on the Symbols of Freedom theme. Following the ceremony, judges and lawyers visited classrooms to talk with students about the law.

“The PBA is pleased to join with the students at Heckman Elementary School to kick-off Pennsylvania’s Law Day celebration,” Carson said. “Since the events of September 11, teaching about the rule of law has taken on new significance. It is now more important than ever for students, young and old, to share in the knowledge of what makes our country stand apart.”


Then PBA President-elect Timothy J. Carson kicks off Pennsylvania's Law Day celebration and honors Heckman Elementary School student Caitlyn Kershaw for winning the PBA's I Signed the Constitution poster contest.


PBA Law-Related Education Committee Co-chair Louis Teti (right) and Bucks County Bar Association Law Day Chair Jill Vogenberg talk with students about the law.


Bucks County Bar Association President Christopher Brill conducts a mini-mock trial with a third grade class.





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