HARRISBURG (Jan. 21, 2014) - The Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Family Law Section has presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to Albert Momjian and its Eric Turner Memorial Award to Lynne Gold-Bikin. The awards were presented on Jan. 18 during the section's Winter Meeting at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel.
Momjian, a retired partner of Schnader Attorneys at Law, Philadelphia, was a major force in the development and advancement of family law in Pennsylvania. He co-chaired the Committee to Consolidate Pennsylvania Family Laws and served as a consultant to the Pennsylvania House and Senate Judiciary Committees during the passage of the 1980 Divorce Code. He authored Pennsylvania Family Law, which is cited often by the commonwealth's appellate courts.
Momjian is a past chair of the PBA Family Law Section and the PBA Animal Law Committee, a past director of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, and a past president of the Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court. He holds degrees from Columbia College of Columbia University and Columbia Law School.
The Eric Turner Memorial Award honors a lawyer who is dedicated to the practice of family law and who serves as a mentor and teacher to fellow lawyers. Gold-Bikin, a partner at the Norristown office of Weber Gallagher, teaches at the Houston Family Law Trial Institute and is a presenter at seminars offered by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the education arm of the PBA. In 1994, Gold-Bikin authored Divorce Practice Handbook.
Gold-Bikin has served on a variety of PBA Family Law Section committees. She is a long-time member of the PBA Commission on Women in the Profession. Gold-Bikin has been a member of the PBA Judicial Administration Committee and the PBA Children's Rights Committee. She served as a Pennsylvania delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates. She holds degrees from Albright College and the Villanova University School of Law.
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 27,000 lawyers who are members of the association.