HARRISBURG (April 27, 2017) — The Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Young Lawyers Division will present its Michael K. Smith Excellence in Service Award to Jonathan D. Koltash of Harrisburg during the state association’s Annual Meeting Awards Luncheon, May 10, in Pittsburgh. 

The award is named in memory of a young Philadelphia lawyer committed to providing legal services for low-income people and to offering law-related educational programs to students. It is presented to a Pennsylvania young lawyer who, through his or her exemplary personal and professional conduct, reminds lawyers of their professional and community responsibilities.

Koltash is senior counsel at the Pennsylvania Department of Health and incoming chair of the Young Lawyers Division. He is also an adjunct professor at Central Penn College and Widener University Commonwealth Law School. 

Koltash is being honored with this award for his dedication to his profession and the PBA, which should “serve as a frequent reminder to all attorneys of their professional responsibilities as lawyers, within both their profession and their own communities.”

Actively involved in the PBA, Koltash is the statewide co-chair of the YLD High School Mock Trial Competition and contributing author of the hypothetical case used in the program. He is also a voting member of the Board of Governors and House of Delegates, the association’s governing bodies, chair of the Government Lawyers Committee, immediate past chair of the PBA Administrative Law Section, a panel member of the Membership Engagement Blue Ribbon Panel and a graduate of the Bar Leadership Institute class of 2012-13. 

Outside of the PBA, Koltash is the Law Students Division chair and Government Relations chair of the Middle District of Pennsylvania Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute Board of Directors, and a member of the Dauphin County Bar Association. He is also president of the Widener University Commonwealth Law School Alumni Association, a member of its Board of Advisors, a moot court coach and a volunteer at its volunteer assistance site.

Koltash received a B.S. from The Pennsylvania State University and a J.D., cum laude, from Widener University Commonwealth Law School, from which he received the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award in 2010.



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