HARRISBURG (Sept. 14, 2006) — Lancaster County attorney Elaine G. Ugolnik has received an Everyday Leader Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA).

“Elaine is a model volunteer and leader whose actions benefit the legal profession and the local community,” said PBA President Kenneth J. Horoho Jr., who presented the award to Ugolnik. “Her own willingness to serve inspires others. Elaine has mentored many young attorneys in Lancaster County, encouraging them to take on pro bono custody cases, as she has done herself for many years.”

Ugolnik currently chairs the public service committee of the Lancaster Bar Association Foundation and is a member of the PBA’s House of Delegates. She is a past board member of the Lancaster Bar Association and a former chair of the association’s nominating committee.

“The Everyday Leader Award is given to individuals who go above and beyond, sharing their time and talent to help and support 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. Elaine Ugolnik is one of these ‘everyday leaders’ and is deserving of this award in gratitude for her contributions to Lancaster County.”

Ugolnik, a partner with the law firm of Appel & Yost L.L.P. in Lancaster, practices in the areas of domestic relations, family law and both criminal and civil litigation.

She is a former judicial clerk for Judge Wayne G. Hummer of the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas. She also served as an assistant public defender in Lancaster County. Ugolnik holds degrees from Wayne State University, Temple University and Temple University’s 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.