Cook and Foster of Erie County Honored with PBA Pro Bono Awards, Dec. 6
Attorneys Ronald E. Cook and Daniel P. Foster were honored with 2018 PBA Pro Bono Awards on Dec. 6 at the Erie County Bar Association Annual Meeting. The two were honored for standing in for a medically disabled attorney who was no longer able to practice. They assumed responsibility, with no guarantee of payment, for 44 cases in various stages of the bankruptcy process, including Chapter 7 and 13 cases. They attended 53 court hearings and filed 97 separate pleadings, including various motions and Chapter 13 plans. They successfully moved to reopen and vacate dismissal orders in 15 cases, which had been dismissed solely due to the inaction of the former attorney. In making the otherwise lost clients whole, and in maintaining the integrity of the justice system, Cook and Foster knew they were going to be uncompensated for much of their work but they continued to provide their services on a pro bono basis in those clients’ cases until final resolution.

Pictured below, from left: Erie County Bar Association President Eric Purchase, PBA Director of Western Pennsylvania Services Bridget M. Gillespie and Ronald Cook. Not pictured: Daniel Foster.

Skiba Named 2016 Erie County Pro Bono Attorney of the Year
Pictured below is Bridget Gillespie, PBA Director of Western Pennsylvania Services, presenting the Pro Bono Award to Gary Skiba. The PBA joined with the Erie County Bar Association and Northwestern Legal Services to honor Skiba, of Yochim, Skiba and Nash, for his work, primarily in bankruptcy, on behalf of the civil legal needs of Erie's low-income community. Skiba's pro bono work allowed a client to discharge her student loan in bankruptcy, giving her a much-needed fresh start. He has been an active volunteer since the county's Legal Aid Volunteer Attorney program began in 1982, representing more than 30 individuals over the years. Read more at

Barnett Honored as Erie County 2015 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, December 2015
The Erie County Bar Association and Northwestern Legal Services have honored Adam Barnett as Pro Bono Attorney of the Year for his dedicated work on behalf of the civil legal needs of the low-income community in Erie. Completing three cases in 2014, one that started in 2011 and two that started in 2013, Barnett represented low-income clients in the defense of civil lawsuits in which the indigent clients faced potential liability of several thousands of dollars, devoting more than 46 hours of billable time to those pro bono cases. Read more.

Wills for Heroes Clinic, Sept. 26, 2015
The Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and the Wills for Heroes Foundation, with sponsorship by Ballard Spahr LLP, are hosting upcoming events across Pennsylvania. At these events, free wills and powers of attorney are prepared for police officers, firefighters and other first responders who risk their lives every day to make sure our communities are safe. Programs are staffed by lawyer volunteers and are conveniently offered to first responders at meeting halls and police and fire stations. On Sept. 26, volunteer lawyers will be conducting a Wills for Heroes program for all Pennsylvania first responders (active and retired), all sworn personnel and their spouses, partners or significant others. The event will be held at the Erie County Public Safety Building, 2880 Flower Rd., Erie, beginning at noon.



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