March 2005 County Bar Recognition Award Washington County Bar Association

Project: Flood Referrals — Contact: Kathleen Sabol, Executive Director In response to a major flood, 16 attorneys volunteered to provide free initial consultations to flood victims needing legal services, with several of those attorneys providing free assistance beyond the initial consultation. The Lawyer Referral Service waived panel registration fees for attorneys volunteering for the program. Two attorneys also spoke at a meeting of flood victims and other service providers. The WCBA provided brochures and referral information to the emergency information center of Pennsylvania and Federal Emergency Management agencies at a local mall.

Project: Lawyers on Ladders — Contact: Kathleen Sabol, Executive Director In an effort to help the local Habitat for Humanity prepare nine homes for winter, 12 WCBA members hung drywall, framed walls, landscaped and assisted with other home-building activities at one site in September 2004. Several other attorneys volunteered to provide pro bono hours to the organization for real estate closings. The project was used to kick-off the bar’s Public Image Project campaign. Photographs were taken and used in an ad, which will run for one year at a local movie theater. This will be an ongoing project.

Project: Crime Victims Compensation Seminar — Contact: Kathleen Sabol, Executive Director Cosponsored by the Washington County District Attorney’s Crime Victim Witness Assistance Program (CV/WAP), the four-hour seminar was open to attorneys, law enforcement personnel, social service providers, medical providers, funeral directors and others who may be in a position help victims learn how to access the Pennsylvania Crime Victims Compensation Program. Presenters included the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency; Washington County District Attorney John Pettit; CV/WAP; Chartiers Township Police Department; Washington Women’s Shelter Inc.; Sexual Trauma, Treatment and Recovery Services; and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. CLE credits were offered at a nominal fee and victims’ service provider training hours were provided at no charge. The program was attended by 75 people.