Committee presents awards in Pittsburgh, April 22, 2024

The recipients were nominated for the awards by the Allegheny County Bar Association/Bar Foundation (ACBA/ACBF) Access to Justice Committee. Ryan Brunsink, York, received the Civil Legal Aid Attorney award for his work with the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center, where he represents people facing deportations. Ryan has partnered with organizations like Pittsburgh’s Casa San Jose to train volunteer attorneys to expand the reach of free immigration legal services to individuals and families in need.

Pictured below, from left: PBA Pro Bono Coordinator David Keller Trevaskis, Brunsink (via Zoom), Laura Perkins of Casa San Jose

The Landlord/Tenant Advice Project received the Pro Bono Award. This project of the Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership mobilizes attorneys and paralegals from five participating organizations who staff a hotline through which they provide advice to individuals concerning landlord/tenant issues.

Pictured below, from left: Amy Berecek, ACBA/ACBF Access to Justice Committee Chair; Judy Hale, Neighborhood Legal Services; Antoinette Oliver, Landlord/Tenant Advice Project Manager; Chase Ayers, Landlord/Tenant Advice Project Volunteer; David Keller Trevaskis, PBA Pro Bono Coordinator; Megan Lovett, ACBA/ACBF Access to Justice Committee Vice Chair.

Inaugural Samuel W. Milkes Award Presented
The PBA Legal Services to the Public Committee presented the inaugural Samuel W. Milkes Award on Oct. 19. 2021, to the award’s namesake, longtime legal aid advocate and public service attorney Samuel W. Milkes of Cumberland County. Milkes is the former executive director of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network. PBA Pro Bono Coordinator David Keller Trevaskis and PBA President Kathleen D. Wilkinson presented the award to Milkes. The Milkes Award will be an occasional award of the PBA Legal Services to the Public Committee that is to be given to such individuals and groups as the committee, from time to time, determines have provided unique service that has resulted in significant improvement in the access to justice of the neediest among us.

Antoniono of Westmoreland County Receives Milkes Award, Jan. 30, 2024
PBA Past Treasurer James R. Antoniono of DeBernardo Antoniono McCabe & Davis PC, Greensburg, received the 2024 Samuel W. Milkes Award at the Winter Quarterly Meeting of the Westmoreland Bar Association, Jan. 30, 2024, in Greensburg. Read the article in the Jan/Feb 2014 issue of The Pennsylvania Lawyer about Jim’s hiking the Appalachian Trail to raise more than $10,000 to support the work of the Westmoreland County Bar Foundation.

Schoenfeld of Delaware County Receives Milkes Award, March 25, 2022

Lyn B. Schoenfeld of Schoenfeld Surkin Chupein & DeMis PC, Media, a past president of the Delaware County Bar Association (DCBA), was presented with the Samuel W. Milkes Award by PBA President Kathleen D. Wilkinson at the DCBA Annual Dinner on March 25, 2022.

PBA Past President Massey of Chester County Receives Milkes Award, March 11, 2022

PBA Past President Albert P. Massey Jr. of Lentz, Cantor & Massey Ltd., Malvern, was presented with the Samuel W. Milkes Award by PBA President Kathleen D. Wilkinson at the Chester County Bar Association (CCBA) President’s Dinner on March 11, 2022.

Pictured below, from left: Massey, PBA President Kathleen Wilkinson; CCBA Immediate Past President John K. Fiorillo and PBA Past President Thomas G. Wilkinson Jr.

Hahn of Lackawanna County Receives Milkes Award, Jan 12, 2022

Sylvia Hahn, the first and only executive director of Lackawanna Pro Bono, Inc., was presented with the Samuel W. Milkes Award, an occasional award of the PBA Legal Services to the Public Committee, on Jan. 12, 2022, in a ceremony with Lackawanna County Bar Association (LBA) leadership. Hahn was also recognized by the LBA when Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Coordinator David Trevaskis presented her with the award at the virtual LBA annual meeting on Jan. 19. Hahn noted that she was humbled to receive the award named after Milkes, who she worked with over many years.

“Sylvia Hahn has dedicated her legal career to the purpose and mission of pro bono representation. Her enduring and steadfast efforts have promoted fair and impartial access to representation and justice for countless individuals who otherwise would find themselves with little or no legal recourse,” said Lackawanna Bar Association President Tom Cummings.

Pictured below, from left: LBA President-Elect Michael Cosgrove, Cummings, Hahn and Lackawanna County Bar Association Executive Director Leeann Munley