Nominations due Jan. 12 for Birdsall, Flaherty, Nurick awards


The PBA Conference of County Bar Leaders (CCBL) is seeking nominations for the Arthur J. Birdsall, Chief Justice John P. Flaherty and Gilbert Nurick awards. The awards will be presented during the 52nd annual meeting of the CCBL, Feb. 22 – 24, 2018, in Lancaster.


The Arthur J. Birdsall Award recognizes a bar executive who has been a faithful steward of bar traditions, who is committed to the success of his or her bar association, who has enhanced significantly the stature of his or her bar association, who cooperates with other bar executives and bar leaders to make CCBL the best it can be and who puts him- or herself second to the needs of the bar association. The award is named in honor of Arthur J. Birdsall, a past PBA county bar services director who retired in 2006 after nearly 40 years of support to local bar associations.


The Chief Justice John P. Flaherty Award is presented in recognition of the Chief Justice’s efforts to encourage the work of the PBA and the CCBL. The award is given to a qualified PBA member to recognize an outstanding effort to promote the objectives and purposes of the CCBL and to improve the legal profession, the justice system or the community.


The Gilbert Nurick Award, which is named for the late Harrisburg lawyer who served as PBA president in 1967, is presented to any member of the PBA whose dedication and service to leadership and promotion of the organized bar and its activities have resulted in the enhancement of leadership for incoming bar association officers. The award is not given solely because the recipient has held and discharged with fidelity a high office or a variety of offices in the association.


A candidate may be nominated for more than one award. Those making nominations are reminded to review the award descriptions carefully to determine whether their candidate(s) meet the criteria. Nominations for the awards are due Jan. 12, 2018.


County Bar Recognition Award entries due Jan. 12


The 2018 Conference of County Bar Leaders (CCBL) will feature presentation of the annual PBA County Bar Recognition Awards, which recognize outstanding projects and activities conducted by county bar associations during the previous calendar year. These awards are designed to recognize projects of each county bar association that in some way contributed to the improvement of the legal profession, the justice system, or the community. The project must have been undertaken during 2017, although it may have begun previously or is to be continued in 2018 and beyond. There is no requirement that it be entirely contained within the calendar year. A bar association may submit more than one project for consideration, but no more than three.


Please complete the entry form by Jan. 12, 2018. Along with the entry form, please feel free to submit any support material that you believe is relevant to the project, including brochures, programs, or other printed matter. Supporting materials may be directed to Susan E. Etter, PBA Director of County Bar Services, Education & Special Projects at 100 South Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101.


Please consider submitting an entry (or three) on behalf of your local county bar association so that we may give your efforts appropriate recognition in your community and to your colleagues across the Commonwealth.