HARRISBURG (July 18, 2006) — Westmoreland County Judge Richard E. McCormick Jr. has received an Everyday Leader Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA).

“Judge McCormick is instrumental in the ongoing successes of Greensburg-Salem High School’s mock trial teams, including the 2006 team’s victories of winning the state mock trials and placing fourth in national competition,” said PBA President Kenneth J. Horoho Jr., who presented the award to McCormick. “The mock trial program gives area high school students first-hand experiences with the legal system and develops communication, teamwork and analytical skills. We’re proud of the coaching support and guidance that Judge McCormick and other members of the Westmoreland Bar Association are providing these young people.”

Since McCormick began coaching the Greensburg-Salem team, the team also won the state mock trials in 2001 and 2005 and competed at two additional national competitions. Greensburg-Salem teams have won regional mock trail competitions since 2000.

“The Everyday Leader Award is given to individuals who go above and beyond, sharing their time and talent to benefit others,” said Horoho. “These unsung heroes work hard each and every day performing good works, not for personal gain or recognition, but for the right reasons–to improve the places they call home and to better Pennsylvania’s legal system. Judge McCormick is one of these ‘everyday leaders’ and is deserving of this award in gratitude for his contributions to the Westmoreland County area.”

McCormick was appointed to the 10th Judicial District of the Court of Common Pleas in 1990. He previously served as solicitor for the City of Greensburg and was a public defender in Westmoreland County. He also was a partner in the firm of Stewart, McCormick, McArdle and Sorice. McCormick is a graduate of Duquesne University and a cum laude graduate of Duquesne University School of Law.

Founded in 1895, the Pennsylvania Bar Association exists to promote justice, professional excellence and respect of 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.