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Susquehanna County Lawyer Re-elected Treasurer of the Pennsylvania Bar Association

HARRISBURG (May 18, 2009) - Francis X. O'Connor, a sole practitioner in Great Bend, will begin his second one-year term as treasurer of the 29,000-member Pennsylvania Bar Association at the conclusion of the organization's annual meeting June 4 in Pittsburgh.

O'Connor is a former member of the PBA Board of Governors, having served as the Zone Five Governor representing lawyers from Bradford, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties from 2003 - 2007.

O'Connor, a member and past chair of the PBA Membership Committee, is also a past president of the PBA Conference of County Bar Leaders. He serves as vice chair of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. He has spoken to numerous groups on lawyer discipline and legal ethics and has authored a number of articles on these topics. He also serves as a lecturer for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. He is the secretary/treasurer of the Susquehanna County Bar Association.

O'Connor is active in his community and serves as solicitor for and is a life member of the Great Bend Fire Company. He is an Eagle Scout who presently is an assistant scoutmaster for Troop 89 of the Boy Scouts of America. He has received numerous awards for his scouting activities, including the Silver Beaver and the District Award of Merit. He is a eucharistic minister at St. Lawrence Roman Catholic Church and a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He also serves as a member/attendant for the Great-Bend/Hallstead Volunteer Ambulance Company. O'Connor is a graduate of the University of Scranton and the St. Louis University Law School. He and his wife, Sharon, have three grown children.

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 29,000 lawyers who are members of the association.

Editorís note: A photo of Francis OíConnor is available to download from the PBA Web site at: http://www.pabar.org/public/news%20releases/0910newofficersphotos.asp.