Past PBA Pro Bono Award Winners

Indiana County President Judge Martin Receives Judges Award, Jan. 23, 2015
PBA Pro Bono Coordinator David Trevaskis presented Indiana County President Judge William J. Martin with a Judges Award from the PBA Legal Service to the Public Committee at an Indiana County Bar Association reception, Jan. 23. The awards recognize judges for exceptional contributions to improving civil legal aid in the commonwealth, and Judge Martin was honored for his work in opening his court to the neediest citizens of Indiana County. Shown above with Judge Martin are Laurel Legal Services attorney David Flowers and ICBA President Beverly A. Gazza. Get more information about the awards.

Lawrence J. Valeriano Jr. of Berks County Receives 2014 Pro Bono Award, November 2014
Read Valeriano's remarks.

Franklin County Bar Association Celebrates Attorneys Providing Civil Legal Services to Individuals, Families, Oct. 29, 2014
The Franklin County Bar Association Pro Bono Luncheon was held in Chambersburg. Clinton Barkdoll, FCBA president, welcomed area attorneys and thanked the attorneys and staff members who work for legal service agencies in Franklin County, along with the various members of the FCBA who provide pro bono services. "You are the unsung heroes of our legal system and we sincerely thank you for your service and excellent work," said Barkdoll. "Franklin County provides a level of legal services that is admired throughout Pennsylvania. This is something all of us should take great pride in." Mahesh Rao, chair of the Franklin County Bar Association's Pro Bono Committee, shared that pro bono services had been provided for Child Custody, Divorce, Child Support, Landlord Tenant, Wills and Estates, Bankruptcy, Protection from Abuse, Child Dependency, and Business Planning. This year's luncheon honored Kristin Diller Nicklas, of Nicklas Law Offices. Nicklas received the 2014 Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Award from David Trevaskis, the Pro Bono Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Bar Association. In his remarks, Trevaskis noted that Nicklas has accepted pro bono cases from all three programs this year and does additional pro bono work outside of the programs. She has accepted a very trying custody case this past year and helped the WIN program during a transition phase. Her willingness to help has resulted in clients obtaining representation when they otherwise would have had to represent themselves. Trevaskis also commended the splendid coordination between the three agencies in Franklin County that offer pro bono services. Franklin County Legal Services, MidPenn Legal Services and the Law Offices of Women in Need work together to provide much needed legal assistance. The yearly luncheon is held in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Week. This week is an opportunity to highlight the difference lawyers make in their communities and to acknowledge the partnerships that form the basis for many successful pro bono efforts. Pictured above, left to right, are Mahesh Rao, pro bono committee chair; (front) Carrie Bowmaster, managing attorney of MidPenn Legal Services; David Trevaskis, PBA pro bono coordinator; Kristin Diller Nicklas of Nicklas Law Office; Meghann Karasic, managing attorney of the law offices of Women in Need; Gloria Keener, executive director of Franklin County Legal Services; and Forest N. Myers, PBA immediate past president.

Tracy Sheffer Receives 2014 Pro Bono Award, Oct. 31, 2014
Adams County 2104 Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Award winner Tracy Sheffer is pictured above with (from left) Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin, PBA Pro Bono Coordinator David K. Trevaskis, Adams County Bar President Harold Eastman and MidPenn Legal Services local attorney John Perry. Sheffer was honored at the inaugural Adams County Bench/Bar Conference, Oct. 31, 2014, for consistently accepting "pro bono referrals. In each instance, she has gone to court with the client and helped them resolve their problems. Once she worked for five years on a case to help the client resolve all of her issues."

Daniel J. Clifford Receives 2014 Pro Bono Award, Sept. 23, 2014
Montgomery County lawyers and judges celebrated the pro bono partnership of the local bar, the courts, private practice attorneys and legal aid professionals that help the neediest among us have access to justice in September as noted family-law attorney Daniel J. Clifford was honored with a 2014 Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Award. William H. Pugh V, PBA president-elect, presented Clifford with his award and called on all lawyers to follow his positive example of giving back to the community. Pictured above are Pugh, Clifford and Nancy Paul, Montgomery Bar Association executive director.

Zucker Honored With Pro Bono Award, Sept. 23, 2014
Montgomery County lawyers and judges celebrated the pro bono partnership of the local bar, the courts, private practice attorneys and legal aid professionals that help the neediest among us have access to justice in on Sept. 23 as Conshohocken attorney Daniel P. Mudrick was honored with a 2013 Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Award. Mudrick’s partner, Adam Zucker, accepted the award on Mudrick’s behalf. William H. Pugh V, PBA president-elect, presented the award and called on all lawyers to follow the positive example of giving back to the community. Pictured above, from left, are Pugh, Montgomery Bar Association President Michael F. Rogers, Zucker and Paul. Retired Legal Aid of Southeast Pennsylvania Co-Executive Director Harvey Strauss said of Mudrick: “He has been a long time pro bono attorney for our program. He regularly does Chapter 7 bankruptcies for our clients and is a regular resource for many of our staff attorneys and paralegals.” Strauss added: “Without Mr. Mudrick's participation in our pro bono program, we would not be able to assist a number of clients each year. His skill and expertize is also an available resource to members of our staff.”

Presentation of 2013 PBA Pro Bono Award to Richard M. Lutz at the Delaware County Bar Association Summer Pro Bono Reception, June 25, 2014

Presentation of 2013 PBA Pro Bono Award to David Lindsay, June 2, 2014
Clinton County attorney David Lindsay was presented with a 2013 Pro Bono Award on June 2, 2014, at a meeting of the Clinton County Bar Association following a CLE presentation on access to justice by PBA Pro Bono Coordinator David Trevaskis. Shown above, left to right, are Clinton County Judge Michael Salisbury, award-winner Lindsay, Trevaskis, Michael Angelelli, county bar vice president, President Judge Craig Miller and Danna Rich-Colins of North Penn Legal Aid.

Zagurskie Receives 2013 Pro Bono Award, May 2, 2014
Donald K. Zagurskie of Juniata County received a 2013 Pro Bono Award during a presentation at the historic Juniata County Courthouse on May 2. Members of the Juniata County Bench and Bar celebrated the award presentation with PBA and MidPenn Legal Services staff. The Juniata County bar made $1,000 gift to MidPenn for Juniata County services on behalf of Zagurskie, a longtime pro bono volunteer.

Presentation of 2013 PBA Pro Bono Award to Entwistle & Roberts Law Firm, March 25, 2014
Shown above at the presentation of a 2013 PBA Pro Bono Award at the Adams County Courthouse to the law firm of Entwistle & Roberts are, from left, Jamison Entwistle, Heather Entwistle Roberts, Barbara Jo Entwistle, PBA President Forest N. Myers and Adams County Bar Association President Howard Eastman Jr.

2013 Cumberland County PBA Pro Bono Attorney of the Year: Megan Riesmeyer
The Pennsylvania Bar Association, through its Legal Services to the Public Committee, joined the Cumberland County Bar Association and its CCBA Pro Bono Committee in honoring Megan Riesmeyer as the recipient of the 2013 PBA Pro Bono Award. Shown above are award recipient Riesmeyer, right, with PBA County Bar Services Director Nicole Antos and Rob Kline, outgoing president of the CCBA. Read more about the award presentation.

PBA's Miller Wagner Receives 2013 Pro Bono Partner Award, Nov. 21, 2013
Gabriele Miller Wagner, administrative assistant for both PBA's Pro Bono Legal Services and County Bar Services departments, was awarded the 2013 PBA Pro Bono Partner Award at PBA Committee/Section Day, Nov. 21, by PBA Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee Chair Wes Payne. Miller Wagner was honored for her service beyond the PBA since she serves on her own time as a regional coordinator for the Young Lawyers Division's "Wills for Heroes" program and does volunteer work on behalf of veterans as well. Presented to a nonlawyer who supports legal services to those in need, the award nomination for Miller Wagner noted that she "is a champion of pro bono service" and a "shining example to lawyers and nonlawyers across Pennsylvania about the positive difference one person can make!"

Lebanon County Bar Association Name Pro Bono Award for Warner, November 2013,
At the annual meeting of the Lebanon County Bar Association in November 2013, it was the unanimous vote of the membership to name the annual PBA Pro Bono Recognition Award the William H. G. Warner Pro Bono Attorney Award, honoring Warner’s commitment to legal services and to working to make pro bono legal service what it is today in Lebanon County. Read some of Warner's documents illustrating his commitment to the field.

Lackawanna to Recognize Pro Bono Volunteers, Nov. 19, 2013

Andrew Alston Wins First Law Student Pro Bono Partner Award, Nov. 1, 2013
The PBA presented Andrew Alston its first Law Student Pro Bono Partner Award on Nov. 1, 2013, in a special ceremony at the Defender Association of Philadelphia. Alston spent six years with the association - starting as a volunteer, then as a paralegal and now as an assistant public defender, having now graduated from Temple University's James E. Beasley School of Law and recently passing the bar Chief Defender Ellen Greenlee, with Alston in the photo above, presented the award along with PBA Pro Bono Coordinator David K. Trevaskis. Alston's nomination noted that "his whole reason for going to law school was to serve the most needy of our fellow Pennsylvanians," a task he has been working on since he was a college student. The range of Alston's activities as a law student, from programs in the Philadelphia Traffic to work with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, show his commitment and underscore the significant contribution law students can make to accessing justice for the poor. Alston has worked with ex-offenders re-entering society and with veterans facing a wide variety of legal issues. Those programs continue to thrive with volunteer work from area law students from Temple, Drexel, and Rutgers. Andrew has also volunteered for public education programs run by both the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Bar associations. At a time when we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Gideon but finding much more needs to be done on both the criminal and civil sides of the law to realize the promise of that case for access to justice for all, Alston's example is an inspiring rebuttal to the cynics who claim there is nothing we can do to change the picture. Congratulations to a great inaugural pick for this award!

2013 Pro Bono Award to Leslie Puida, PBA President Myers Remarks Featured at the Bucks County Pro Bono Nonprofit Community Vendor Fair and Reception, Oct. 30, 2013

Gray Honored with PBA Pro Bono Award at Reading Event, Oct. 23, 2013
Sharon L. Gray was recognized for her pro bono efforts with a PBA 2013 Pro Bono Award during the Berks County Bar Association's Pro Bono Awards Ceremony in Reading, Oct. 23, 2013, with PBA President Forest N. Myers on hand. Shown above, Frank Mulligan, left, a law firm partner of Gray's, accepts the award on her behalf from Myers. Read Gray's pro bono profile. Read Myers' remarks.

LSC Board Honors Pennsylvania Programs at Pittsburgh Meeting, Oct. 20-22, 2013
The national Legal Services Corp. (LSC) board met in Pittsburgh Oct. 20-22, with the program including honors for LSC programs from across Pennsylvania during the Pro Bono Awards Reception on Oct. 21. The reception was held at the K&L Gates law firm, with speakers including former Pennsylvania Governor and U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh and U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah. Also on Oct. 21: In the morning there were two distinguished panels discussing the importance of civil legal aid to the orderly functioning of the civil justice system, followed by a luncheon. The panels were held in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court courtroom. The luncheon was held at the Renaissance Hotel. Click here for photos from the event. Following are the pro bono honorees:

James P. DeAngelo, nominated by MidPenn Legal Services Inc.
Mary R. Bates, nominated by Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services Inc.
Ronald R. Bolig, nominated by Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania
Gregory L. Heidt, nominated by Northwestern Legal Services
Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership, nominated by Neighborhood Legal Services Association
Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Harris, Waters and Waffenschmidt, nominated by North Penn Legal Services Inc.
Joseph A. Sullivan, nominated by Philadelphia Legal Assistance Center
Westmoreland Legal Foundation, nominated by Laurel Legal Services Inc.

Krone PBA Pro Bono Award Winner in Dauphin County, Sept. 26, 2013
Stephen R. Krone is the 2013 PBA Pro Bono Award winner of Dauphin County. A longtime legal services attorney, Krone has continued upon retirement to use his talents in helping the poor, continuing to come to the MidPenn Legal Services (MLS) office to work on pro bono cases and serve as a mentor to less seasoned attorneys. At a time when legal aid programs are closing offices and losing staff, Krone provides MLS with an invaluable resource. In 2007 Krone was honored as the PBA's Civil Legal Aid Attorney of the Year for dedicating more than 35 years of his career to public service at MLS and its predecessor, Dauphin County Legal Services, for using his extensive experience in many areas of the law, particularly housing, Social Security and child support, to help low-income persons, and for mentoring many new lawyers at MidPenn Legal Services. Krone is shown above upon receiving his award at the Dauphin County Bar Association, Sept. 26, 2013, with Ashley Gabrielle, MLS staff attorney, and Sally Heffelfinger, MLS secretary.

Hogan Lovells Law Firm Wins 2012 PBA Pro Bono Award for Support of PILCOP
Shown below, Jennifer Clarke of the Public Interest Law center of Philadelphia (left) presents Hogan Lovells partner Virginia Gibson with a 2012 PBA Pro Bono Award won by the firm for its support of PILCOP in the legislative redistricting litigation. The firm was nominated by a Carbon County resident who commended the firm for taking on a difficult case as a pro bono matter and winning a verdict that impacted the entire commonwealth.

Carolyn Capobianco Receives 2012 PBA Pro Bono Partner Award, Feb. 23, 2013
Carolyn M. Capobianco, an administrator with the law firm of Ballard Spahr who coordinates the Wills for Heroes program in Pennsylvania and beyond, is the winner of the 2012 PBA Pro Bono Partner Award, presented to a non-lawyer who supports legal services to those in need. "Carolyn is the engine that drives the Wills for Heroes program in Pennsylvania," said David Keller Trevaskis, PBA pro bono coordinator, on making the presentation. "Her service underscores the importance of non-lawyer partners in making pro bono service work!" Shown above with Capobianco holding her award are Dan J.T. McKenna (back, left), co-director of the Pennsylvania WFH program and president of the national WFH Foundation; Trevaskis (back, right); and Mary Gay Scanlon, pro bono counsel for Ballard Spahr and chair of the firm's Pro Bono Committee. Photo by Nick Capobianco.

Samuel W. Milkes, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Receives 2012 Civil Legal Aid Attorney of the Year Award from PBA President Thomas G. Wilkinson Jr.

Cooper Receives 2012 Pro Bono Award, Winter 2012-13
Bucks County Judge C. Theodore Fritsch Jr. honored the pro bono service of Harry J. Cooper, presenting him with a 2012 PBA Pro Bono Award. Cooper routinely provides more than 100 hours of such service each year, taking some of the toughest cases that come into the PBA Pro Bono Office, particularly for veterans facing a myriad of problems, both civil and criminal. Judge Fritsch lauded Cooper and all pro bono attorneys for their service to the neediest among us.

Pro Bono Awards Presented at Cumberland County Bar Association Gathering, Jan. 24, 2013
Below are photos from the event.

From left, John W. Frommer, Samuel L. Andes and Bret P. Shaffer; Andes received a PBA 2012 Pro Bono Award; Frommer and Shaffer each received the Cumberland County Bar Association’s 2012 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award.

Andes with PBA President Forest N. Myers

Marcus A. McKnight III, left, and Myers.

PBA Vice President O'Connor Presents Awards Honoring
Lackawanna County Pro Bono Effort, Nov. 29, 2012

PBA Vice President Francis X. O'Connor joined lawyers and judges from Lackawanna County for a celebration of pro bono service in Scranton on Nov. 29. O'Connor presented 2012 PBA Pro Bono Awards and applauded the pro bono effort in the county. Click here for more information and photos from the event.

Amy B. Good Receives Pro Bono Award at Berks County Event, Oct. 23, 2012
Wyomissing lawyer Amy B. Good received a PBA Pro Bono Award during the Berks County Bar Association's Pro Bono Week program addressed by former U.S. Attorney General and Pennsylvania Gov. Dick Thornburgh. Click here for more.

Martin N. Ghen Receives Pro Bono Award at Bucks County Event, Oct. 24, 2012
Chalfont lawyer Martin N. Ghen received a PBA Pro Bono Award during the Bucks County Pro Bono Week reception addressed by PBA President Thomas G. Wilkinson Jr. Click here for more.

Lebanon County Bar Honors C. Walter Whitmoyer as 'Pro Bono Attorney of the Year,' Oct. 25, 2012

Washington County's First 'Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year' Awardees Bowman and Rundquist Honored at Pro Bono Week Event, Oct. 29, 2012
Attorneys Rebecca A. Bowman and David E. Rundquist Jr. are the 2012 recipients of the Washington County Bar Association's inaugural "Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year" award. The attorneys, who are WCBA members, were selected by the bar association's Pro Bono and Lawyer Referral Services Committee for their outstanding contributions of legal services through organized pro bono programs to the indigent of Washington County. Find out more .

Washington County Honors Pro Bono Attorneys, Oct. 29, 2012

PBA President Wilkinson at Delaware County Bar Association's Legal Aid Benefit, Oct. 4, 2012
PBA President Thomas G. Wilkinson Jr. joined Delaware County lawyers and staff of Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania (LASP) at the "Sweeten the Pot" legal aid fundraiser held in Media, Oct. 4. Shown below are, from left, 2012 PBA Pro Bono Award winner William A. Galinas, Karen Tyler of LSAP, 2012 PBA Pro Bono Winner Lyn B. Schoenfeld and Wilkinson. Read Wilkinson's remarks.

2012 PBA Pro Bono Awards
     January 2012 Announcement by PBA President Matt Creme Opening the Awards Nomination Period
     2012 Pro Bono Awards, Judges Award and Pro Bono Partner Award Winners Listed by County
     2012 Awards Narratives

Stanzione Receives Legal Services to the Public Committee Award, 2012
The PBA Legal Services to the Public Committee has presented awards to lawyers deserving special recognition for voluntary efforts to provide free and reduced-fee legal representation to low-income Pennsylvanians for the past quarter century. Receiving the award recently for Chester County was John Stanzione, a valuable advocate for the clients of Legal Aid of Southeast Pennsylvania (LSAP) for more than 10 years. While President of the Chester County Bar Association, Stanzione, shown here with David K. Trevaskis, PBA pro bono coordinator, promoted and supported the access to justice of the needy while directly assisting LASP clients with unemployment cases.

Presentation of 2011 PBA Pro Bono Award Dennis J. Gounley of Greensburg, January 2012
Dennis J. Gounley, of Greensburg, received his 2011 PBA Pro Bono Award at a Westmoreland Bar Association program. Shown below, longtime WBA and PBA leader Dick Galloway, left, presents the award for Gounley's assistance to pro bono clients with debt collection and bankruptcy issues.

North Penn Legal Services Volunteer Michelle DeWald Honored with 2011 PBA Pro Bono Award, Dec. 21, 2011

Vedder Receives 2011 PBA Pro Bono Award

From left, Emma Vedder, daughter of winner; Clyde W. Vedder, 2011 PBA Pro Bono Award recipient; his wife, Beth; and David Keller Trevaskis, PBA pro bono coordinator

From left, Ben Hooper, MidPenn York; Angela Eveler, Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center; Vedder; David Trevaskis; and Rhodia Thomas, MidPenn Legal Services and Co-Chair, PBA Access to Justice Committee

From left, Hon. Richard K. Renn; Vedder; and Hon Clarence N. Patterson Jr.

Presentation of the 2011 Pro Bono Award, Cumberland County Bar Association
From left, Hubert Gilroy, George B. Faller Jr., Katie Maxwell, state Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin, Jennifer Spears, PBA Vice President Forest N. Myers, Thomas J. Williams, David Fitzsimons, Chris VanLandingham and PBA Pro Bono Coordinator David K. Trevaskis

2011 Pro Bono Awards for Lancaster
Eric Rothermel: Rothermel was admitted to the practice of law in Pennsylvania in October 2009. He has made pro bono service part of his practice from the very beginning. He took his first pro bono case through the Volunteer Attorney Program in September 2009 and has handled 11 pro bono matters since then, including one custody case which required over 100 hours of work. He also serves as a co-coordinator of Lancaster County's Wills for Heroes program, which, through a team of volunteer attorneys and paralegals, provides free estate planning services to our county's primary responders (fire, police, EMT) and their spouses. In addition, Rothermel has assisted low-income taxpayers with tax return preparation through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Angela Flouras Rieck: Rieck began her career as a judicial clerk, then entered private practice in October 2008. She immediately became active in the Volunteer Attorney Program and has handled 11 pro bono custody and Protection From Abuse cases since then. In addition, she has served since 2009 on Lancaster County's Youth Aid Panel, a panel of community members which works with first-time juvenile offenders and their parents to foster satisfactory alternative resolutions. She has also volunteered her time with the Wills for Heroes program, which provides free estate planning assistance to primary responders (police, fire, EMT).

2007 Judges Award Presented to Katherine B. L. Platt of Chester County

2006 Pro Bono Award Winners

2006 Judges Awards Presented to Senior Judge Livingstone M. Johnson and Judge Richard A. Lewis

2006 Allegheny County Pro Bono Award Winners