March 2005 County Bar Recognition Award Westmoreland Bar Association

Project: Living Trust Forum — Contact: Diane Krivoniak, Executive Director In an effort to educate the public about important consumer protection issues regarding living trusts, the WBA offered a public education program on “The Truth about Living Trusts.” The public forum was held at a community college and featured a panel of estate planning experts including an Orphan’s Court judge, deputy attorney general, local bank trust officer and WBA members. Over 125 members of the public attended the seminar, and plans are underway to partner with other local colleges to take the program to locations throughout Westmoreland County.

Project: Advanced Directives Luncheon — Contact: Diane Krivoniak, Executive Director The WBA, three local hospitals and the county medical society hosted a seminar on end-of-life healthcare decisions. The seminar was open to the public at a cost of $5 per person and was held as a luncheon at a local inn. Presentations by local doctors, lawyers and other healthcare professionals focused on addressing and fulfilling a person’s medical, personal, emotional and spiritual needs at the time of illness. Information regarding healthcare power of attorney, advanced directives and living wills was discussed, and attendees had the opportunity to meet individually with WBA members to prepare living will and durable power of attorney documents.

Project: School Discipline Community Forum — Contact: Diane Krivoniak, Executive Director In conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, the WBA presented a free community education program on student misconduct, violence, expulsion and discipline in schools. The two-hour seminar was designed for superintendents, principals, school board members, probation officers, law enforcement officers and parents. WBA members addressed a number of current discipline-related issues including: strategies for curbing and reacting to misconduct and violence; procedures and due process in disciplining students; Pennsylvania’s weapons law; and school policies to regulate student behavior. Seventy-five members of the community attended.