HARRISBURG (Sept. 28, 2006) — Franklin County attorney Thomas B. Steiger Jr. has received an Everyday Leader Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA).

“Tom’s Franklin County roots go deep, and he has been steadfast in his commitment to serve his community and the legal profession,” said PBA President Kenneth J. Horoho Jr., who presented the award to Steiger. “When Tom sees a need, he steps forward and invests his considerable skills to be part of the solution.”

In the mid-1970s, Steiger was instrumental in developing the Historical Architectural Review Board in Mercersburg. The board worked to preserve the historic character of the town, which now is a key point of tourism promotion.

Steiger has devoted countless hours to the Mercersburg Area Youth Organization, which provides a place for children to socialize and find support in times of need.

He has been involved throughout his career in providing civil legal aid to low-income residents in Franklin County. He serves on the board of Franklin County Legal Services, a non-profit agency created by local attorneys in 2002 that offers legal representation, advice, and education to low-income individuals and families in Franklin and Fulton counties.

Steiger has served on the board of Fendrick Library and is a long-time Sunday school instructor at the St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, both in Mercersburg.

For more than 30 years, Steiger has been a partner in the Mercersburg firm of Steiger, Steiger and Meyers. He is graduate of Mercersburg Academy, Princeton University and University of Pennsylvania School of Law.

Since 1973, Steiger has been a member of the Franklin County Bar Association and was the organization’s 2004 president.

“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. Tom Steiger Jr. is one of these ‘everyday leaders’ and is deserving of this award in gratitude for his contributions to Franklin 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.