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HARRISBURG (March 17, 2005) — The Pennsylvania Bar Association presented County Bar Recognition awards during the 39th Annual Seminar of the Conference of County Bar Leaders March 4 in State College, Pa. Twenty-two local bar associations in Pennsylvania were honored this year for sponsoring projects that work to improve the legal profession, justice system or community. The awards, which are non-competitive in nature, are sponsored annually by the PBA.

“The Pennsylvania Bar Association is pleased to honor these bar associations for their outstanding projects,” noted PBA President Michael H. Reed. “Through the County Bar Recognition awards, the PBA hopes to encourage more members of the legal profession to participate in community and educational activities.”

The following awards were presented:

Berks County Bar Association: “Book ‘Em” Project
Bucks County Bar Association: Pro Bono Military Assistance Program
Cambria County Bar Association: President’s Award for Community Service; Reorganization of the Young Lawyers Division; CLE: Pro Bono Refresher Course
Centre County Bar Associatio: Young Professionals Group; Lunch with Judges Programs
Clearfield County Bar Association: Legal Eagles 4 Program
Cumberland County Bar Association: Partner’s Program; Casino Night
Dauphin County Bar Association: Capital Area Managing Partners Diversity Initiative; Lawyers Lounge Renovation Project; Flood Victims Assistance Program
Delaware County Bar Association: Criminal Trial Practices Committee/Sub-Committee on Indigent Defense Program; A County Past History Illuminated; Voluntary Settlement Program
Franklin County Bar Association: Lawyers & Lawmakers Breakfast; Wills & Trusts Program
Lackawanna Bar Association: Mock Trials; Hoban Forum; Law Week 2004
Lancaster Bar Association: Bench/Bar Partnerships
Lebanon County Bar Association: Sponsorship of a theatrical performance of “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Bar Association of Lehigh County: Holiday Assistance Program; Medical Society/Bar Association Joint Meeting
Monroe County Bar Association: Monroe County Bar Foundation; East Stroudsburg University Task Force; Free Member Luncheon/Business Meeting and CLE
Montgomery Bar Association: Montgomery Child Advocacy Project (MCAP); MBA Web Site; Kids Create Art for Custody Conciliator’s Office
Northampton County Bar Association: Career Day; Take Your Sons & Daughters to Work Day; Law Day
Schuylkill County Bar Association: Women’s Law Caucus Christmas Project; Bar Association Composite Project; Mediation Program
Washington County Bar Association: Flood Referral Program; Lawyers on Ladders Program; Crime Victims Compensation Seminar
Westmoreland Bar Association: Living Trust Forum; Advanced Directives Luncheon; School Discipline Community Forum
Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association: Luzerne County Bar Association Charitable Foundation, Inc.; “We’re With You” Public Image Campaign; Keystone State Games Support
York County Bar Association: Courthouse Facilities Program