HARRISBURG (Oct. 23, 2006) — Bradford County attorney Daniel J. Barrett has received an Everyday Leader Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA).
“Dan frequently uses the power of his voice and the power of the press to remind the public about their rights and protections under the law,” said PBA President Kenneth J. Horoho Jr., who presented the award to Barrett during a PBA dinner at the Hilton Scranton and Conference Center. “As a frequent public speaker and contributor for his local newspaper, Dan is willing to take on difficult and sometimes controversial issues, such as why accused murderers deserve legal counsel and why the public should not put every confidence in government officials. Dan is willing to shine some light on our society’s dark issues.”
In addition to writing for local newspapers, Barrett is editor of the Bradford County Law Journal and his work has been published in Pennsylvania and New York legal periodicals.
Barrett has promoted administrative efficiency and innovation in the legal system. He established the fast track program for case administration of DUI cases when he was Bradford County District Attorney from 1984 to 1987. He also was the first lawyer in the county to use videotaped evidence in the courtroom.
Barrett is a member of a disciplinary board hearing committee for the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Bradford County Bar Association and the PBA. Barrett is currently serving as a member of the PBA’s Agricultural Law Committee and previously served as a member of the PBA’s Civil Litigation Section and the Legal Services to Persons with Disabilities Committee.
Active in community projects, Barrett is member of the Athens Rotary and board of directors for Penn York Opportunities.
Barrett’s law offices are in Athens and current clients include the Bradford County Housing Authority, Endless Mountains Transportation Authority and Litchfield Township.
Barrett holds degrees from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University Law School. He held certification from the National Board of Trial Advocacy from 1986 to 2001.
“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. Dan is one of these ‘everyday leaders’ and is deserving of this award in gratitude for his contributions to Bradford 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.