HARRISBURG (Sept. 25, 2006) — Washington County attorney Brian Gorman has received an Everyday Leader Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA).

“Brian is exceedingly conscientious in his role of public defender and invests significant time and effort to the Washington County Drug Treatment Court,” said PBA President Kenneth J. Horoho Jr., who presented the award to Gorman during a Washington County Bar Association board meeting today. “The treatment court is on its way to becoming one of the best in our state, and Brian is a core contributor to its success. His peers praise Brian for his ability to maintain the fine line between justice and compassion.”

Gorman is currently chairing the committee responsible for implementing sanction and incentive changes within the treatment court.

Gorman’s support of the Washington County Bar Association (WCBA) is exemplary. He chaired the association’s pro bono and lawyer referral service committees. Last year, he was instrumental in co-founding the association’s criminal law section and is currently serving as the section’s vice president. In 2004, he was president of the WCBA Young Lawyer’s Division. Earlier this year, he was elected to the board of trustees of the Washington County Bar Foundation.

In addition to his current work as an assistant public defender, Gorman is a partner at the law firm of Chunko, Pangburn, Francis and Gorman L.L.C.

His previous public service included work as a staff attorney for Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services and as an assistant public defender in Crawford County.

He is a member of the Rotary Club of Washington, receiving its 2004-05 Club Service Award. For the past three years, he has been editor of the club’s weekly newsletter.

Gorman holds degrees from Washington and Jefferson College and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

“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. Brian Gorman is one of these ‘everyday leaders’ and is deserving of this award in gratitude for his contributions to Washington County.”

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.