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York County Lawyer Sara A. Austin Elected Vice President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association

HARRISBURG (May 2, 2014) — York County lawyer Sara A. Austin, a partner in the Austin Law Firm L.L.C., will become vice president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) on May 16 at the conclusion of the PBA Annual Meeting in Hershey. She will become president of the 27,000-member statewide lawyers’ association in 2016.

Austin served on the PBA Board of Governors from 2009 until 2012 as the zone governor for Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties. She is the immediate past president of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the continuing legal education arm of the PBA.

She is the vice chair of the PBA Solo and Small Firm Practice Section and the treasurer of the PBA Commission on Women in the Profession. Austin is a former PBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Zone Three co-chair and former chair of the YLD Public Service Announcement Committee and Young Lawyers Network Project. She is a past chair of the PBA Bylaws Committee and a member of the PBA Membership Development, Women in the Profession and Governance and Mentoring committees. She is a member of the PBA Labor & Employment Law Section and the PBA Corporation, Banking and Business Law Section. She is a life fellow of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation.

Austin was president of the York County Bar Association (YCBA) in 2006 and is a current member of the YCBA board of directors. She is a former chair of the YCBA Young Lawyers Section and former treasurer of the York County Bar Foundation. She also is a member of numerous York County Bar Association and Foundation committees.

She is a current Pennsylvania delegate to the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates and has been active in the ABA Young Lawyers Division and the ABA Labor and Employment Law, General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Practice and Tort Trial and Insurance Practice sections along with a variety of ABA committees.

Austin is a former president of the Middle District Bankruptcy Bar Association and a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute. She is an adjunct professor at the Widener School of Law in Harrisburg.

She served on the board of directors of the Community First Fund. She is former president of and current solicitor for the York Spanish American Center. She also served on the board of directors of the York Symphony Orchestra and is a former president of Leadership York. Austin is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Marshall-Wythe College of Law at The College of William & Mary.

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.

Editor’s Note: A photo is available to download from the PBA website at: http://www.pabar.org/public/news%20releases/1415newofficersphotos.asp