HARRISBURG (May 1, 2018) — Jonathan D. Koltash of Mechanicsburg, senior counsel at the Pennsylvania Department of Health, will become the immediate past chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (YLD) at the conclusion of the PBA Annual Meeting, May 11, in Hershey.
In addition to providing leadership for the division, Koltash serves as the state co-coordinator of the YLD Statewide Mock Trial Competition and as a voting member of the Board of Governors and the House of Delegates, the association’s governing bodies. He is a member of the Membership Engagement Blue Ribbon Panel, the House of Delegates Good Governance Task Force and the House of Delegates Term Limits Task Force. He is also the current chair of the Government Lawyers Committee. Koltash is a past chair of the Administrative Law Section and a graduate of the Bar Leadership Institute, class of 2012-13.
Koltash was the 2017 recipient of the YLD’s Michael K. Smith Award, one of the YLD’s highest honors.
Beyond his work with PBA, Koltash is an active alumnus of the Widener University Commonwealth Law School. He is currently a member of the law school’s Board of Advisors, immediate past president of the Alumni Association, a moot court coach, and a volunteer at its volunteer income tax assistance site. He is an adjunct professor at Central Penn College and Widener University Commonwealth Law School. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute Board of Directors, the Federal Bar Association, Middle District chapter and the Dauphin County Bar Association.
Koltash is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and a cum laude graduate of Widener University Commonwealth Law School, from which he received the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award in 2010. He also studied at the National University of Ireland in Galway. He received the Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America.
Founded in 1895, the Pennsylvania Bar Association strives to promote justice, professional excellence and respect for the law; improve public understanding of the legal system; facilitate access to legal services; and serve the 26,000 lawyers who are members of the association.