HARRISBURG (Nov. 22, 2006) — Harrisburg lawyer Steve Turner has received the 2006 Government Lawyer of the Year Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Government Lawyers’ Committee. The award honors a government lawyer who has made a significant singular contribution or has dedicated his or her career to outstanding service to the profession for the benefit of the public or a government entity.
Turner is chief counsel for the Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General. His previous professional experience includes service within the Pennsylvania Crime Commission and Office of General Counsel. He also has more than 10 years of experience in private practice.
Turner has provided pro bono representation for many women and children in protection from abuse (PFA) cases and has coordinated educational sessions between the PBA and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence to encourage other lawyers to take on similar cases. He is co-founder of the Men Against Domestic Violence program at the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg and teaches municipal police officers about the legal issues surrounding domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.
Frequently involved in community projects, Turner has volunteered at Penn State Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House, both in Hershey.
Turner is active in PBA committees and received a 2002 PBA Pro Bono Award for his ongoing commitment to public service.
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.