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HARRISBURG (Oct. 28, 2002) - Pennsylvania Bar Association President Timothy J. Carson today announced the winners of the 2002 William A. Schnader Print Media Awards. The awards, which honor journalistic excellence in news or feature reporting of the legal system and its operations, will be presented during the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association’s “Newspaper of the Year” luncheon in Scranton on Nov. 8.

Funded by the national law firm of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, the awards competition was founded 23 years ago in memory of former state attorney general and PBA president William A. Schnader. The awards recognize excellence in print journalism, particularly articles which foster greater public understanding of the legal system and the roles of society and the law, the courts, law enforcement agencies and the legal profession.

The winners are as follows:
Daily Newspapers: 49,000 or More Circulation
1st Place
Barbara White Stack; “Open Justice”; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
In this series of articles, the Post-Gazette dispels the myths that juvenile court is universally, and always has been, closed. It also questions the constitutionality of secret hearings in the 22 states with guarantees of open court.

2nd Place
Steve Twedt; “It’s A Crime”; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
In this four-part series, Twedt documents how mentally ill and emotionally disturbed teens languish in detention centers and corrections facilities for months and even years.

Daily Newspapers: Under 49,000 Circulation
1st Place
Staff; “A Measure of Justice”; York Daily Record
The York Daily Record undertook an in-depth investigation into the York County justice system. The staff worked to find answers to questions such as: “Were the trials conducted fairly?;” “Did the prosecutors play by the rules?;” and “Were the outcomes fair?” This series is the result of the newspaper’s investigation.

2nd Place
Amy Gulli; “Kid Criminals”; Lebanon Daily News
In this series, Gulli examines the Lebanon County juvenile justice system by telling the stories of children in the varying stages of the system - from first-time offenders to serious recidivists. It also provides an overview of programs designed to rehabilitate juvenile offenders and gives a breakdown of how tax dollars are being used to deal with these children.

Weekly Newspapers
1st Place
Lori Litchman; “C.P. Judges Still Weighing Megan’s Law II”; Pennsylvania Law Weekly This story examines the different trial court perspectives on the revised version of Megan’s Law. It specifically focuses on the constitutionality of the statute.

2nd Place
Patty Tascarella; “Balancing Act”; Pittsburgh Business Times
The relationship between law firms with technology practices and the start-ups they represent has a great potential for conflict of interest. This article examines the ethical considerations that firms must take into account when representing such growing tech companies. How and where a firm invests - be it in companies, incubators or venture funds - varies widely.