HARRISBURG (April 2, 2014) — The Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Commission on Women in the Profession will present its annual Lynette Norton Award to Sarah C. Yerger of Post & Schell PC, Harrisburg.
An awards ceremony will be held during the commission’s 21st annual conference, “Lean In, Lean On, Learn Forward,” May 14, at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey.
The Norton Award was created in memory of Lynette Norton, a founding member of the PBA Commission on Women in the Profession who died in 2002. Norton was an advocate for young women in the legal profession and worked to promote literacy and women’s rights. The award is designed to recognize and encourage female attorneys who excel in litigation skills and who are devoted to mentoring female lawyers.
A principal in Post & Schell’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group, Yerger represents the firm’s business partners in affirmative and defense commercial and constitutional litigation and trial practice, professional licensure law, regulatory compliance and litigation, and employment defense litigation and trial practice.
Active in numerous professional and community activities, Yerger is the current president of the James S. Bowman American Inn of Court. She has served as an officer to the Middle District of Pennsylvania Chapter of Federal Bar Association and as a coordinator of a Gifts for Kids program that provides holiday presents for children in the foster care system.
Yerger has been named The Legal Intelligencer’s 2014 Women of the Year. In 2013, Yerger received the James S. Bowman American Inn of Court’s Platinum Excellence Award. In 2010, she received the Women Who Care Award from Open Stage of Harrisburg. In 2008, she received the American Heart Association’s Spirit of the Heart Award and was named the 2003 “Volunteer of the Year” by the association’s Capital Region Division. She was named the 2005 “Government Lawyer of the Year” by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Government Lawyers’ Committee.
Yerger is a past co-chair and co-vice chair of the PBA Commission on Women in the Profession and served as co-chair for several of the commission’s subcommittees that planned conferences and retreats. She also is a past co-vice chair of the Professional Development Subcommittee of the PBA Government Lawyers Committee.
She has mentored female and male attorneys and participated in Widener University School of Law’s Mentoring Program.
Prior to joining Post & Schell, Yerger served as senior deputy attorney general in the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. For more than a decade, she represented and counseled state agencies and employees involved in federal and state court litigation.
Yerger also previously served at the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry as assistant counsel for Employment Security and as assistant counsel for the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review.
Yerger graduated with honors from Juniata College and Widener University School of Law.
The award will be presented during the May 14 luncheon, which also will include a keynote presentation by Debora L. Spar, president, Barnard College. Details and registration information for the PBA Commission on Women in the Profession conference are posted on the PBA’s website at www.pabar.org.
Founded in 1895, the PBA 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.