Community Services

The Monroe County Bar Association offers a variety of community service programs for the general public as well as educators and students.  Working independently and with the Pennsylvania Bar Association we are pleased to offer these programs.
For more information on any of these programs please call 570.424.7288 or email us at

News on Events and Programs:

Community Events

Mock Trials

Still under the safety restrictions of COVID 19, the 2021 mock trial season moved forward adapting quickly to the virtual competition world. From November 2020 through May 2021 the District, Regional, State and National competitions took place.

The Monroe County Bar Association’s Mock Trial Committee Chairs, Judge Jonathan Mark and Attorney Hillary Madden, began working with the Region 10 District 2 schools with the end goal of hosting both district and regional competitions in early 2021.

In place of the traditional Mock Trial Invitational Tournament usually held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, we sought volunteer schools to do a test run using the virtual platform Zoom. Thanks to Delaware Valley High School and Palmerton High School for volunteering to compete so all the schools in our district could become familiar with competing virtually rather than in person. This was not about winning; it was about helping all the schools become more confident and to hone their skills as competitors in the virtual world.

In February, the district competition began and over the next several weeks seven schools competed multiple times, as both plaintiff and defense. Volunteers participated as judges, jurors, and attorney advisors. In the end, East Stroudsburg High School was victorious!

Representing District 2, East Stroudsburg went on to compete against Abington Heights High School from Region 10 District 1. By a close margin, Abington Heights took the trophy and went on to compete in the National Competition where they placed 24th in the nation!

Congratulations to all the schools that competed this season! Thank you to the students, teacher coaches, attorney advisors and all the volunteers who made the 2021 Mock Trial Competition a success.

East Stroudsburg High School - Region 10 District 2 First Place & Region 10 Second Place Winners!

    2021 Region 10 Second Place

Abington Heights High School - Region 10 First Place Winner and National Competition 24th Place Winners!

2021 Region 10 First Place and 24th National Winners

2021 Law Day Celebration

As with many events, the 2021 Law Day Ceremony will look a bit different but we will celebrate the accomplishments of our students by awarding winners of the Law Day Creativity Contest and the Monroe County Bar Foundation scholarship winners.  The 2021 contest and scholarship winners will be announced shortly. 
Liberty Bell Award Recipients:
            Monroe County Bar Association honors all past Liberty Bell Award winners:
               1970    Henry McCool
               1971    Harry Werkheiser
               1992    William White
               1994    Harry Miller, East Stroudsburg Police Officer
               1995    Pat Kresge, American Cancer Society Director
               1996    Charlotte Sittig, Community Volunteer
               1997    Leigh Kane, Chestnuthill Park Chairperson
               1998    Helen Meckes, Community Volunteer
               1999    Robert Hillman/Walter Washington
               2000    Father Tom McLaughlin
               2001    Jurors of Monroe County
               2002    John & Rachel Moyer
               2003    Wayne Bolt
               2004    Tom E. Bresslauer
               2005    Lester Abeloff
               2006    John J. Riley, Riley and Company, Inc.
               2007    Master Sergeant Robert Yarnall
               2008    Rev. Dr. Thomas E. Richards, Jr.
               2009    Dr. Clarence Murphy
               2011    David Merklin
               2012    Jeffrey J Kash, Esquire
               2013    Joel Keller, Director of Monroe County Veterans Affairs
               2014    Jane Koelble, MSW, Director of Women's Resources of Monroe County
               2015    Kathryn "Mimi" Mikels, Director of Meals on Wheels
               2016    Chief William Parrish, East Stroudsburg University Chief of Police, formerly Stroud Regional Police Chief
               2017    Patricia Fretz, Former Administrator Monroe County Area Agency on Aging
               2018    Sharon Taylor, Executive Director of Pocono Area Transitional Housing (PATH)
               2019    Ken Gustafson, Community Volunteer

2021 Race Judicata

The 38th "Race Judicata" was held on Sunday, May 16, 2021.  The 5-mile race and 5k Fun-Run/Walk race proceeds will benefit AWSOM
     Thank you to all our sponsors, runners and walkers too!

        Supreme Sponsors
Lori J. Cerato, Attorney-at_Law
     Monroe Abstract Company
     Morgan Stanley - Seventh Street Group
     Powlette & Field LLC

         Appellate Sponsors                  
     Amori and Associates
     Dave Coulter / Keller Williams
     Krawitz & Krawitz PC
     Michael Gonsky DDS
     Strunk-Albert Engineering
     The Law Office of Mark A. Primrose

        Local District Sponsors                      
     Michael A. Esposito, D.D.S.
     Shinnie Home Improvements
        Media Sponsors
      Pocono Record
      Pocono 96.7/97.3
      WESS90.3 FM

         Special Thanks to Raffle Prize Donors
Renegade Winery  
       Thai Orchid
         Special Thanks to In Kind Donors
       Minuteman Press
       Shoprite Stroudsburg      
       Weis Stroudsburg

Law Day Race Results

 Congratulations to all the participants in the 38th Annual Edwin Krawitz Memorial Law Day Race Judicata! 
 Each year the Monroe County Bar Association covers all the expenses of the race with the gross proceeds going to a local non-profit agency as selected by the Law Day Race Committee. 

 For race results, please click here.

   Many thanks to Ready Set Run for their support in providing timing for our race!

     Thank you to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, Suburban EMS and the Borough of Stroudsburg for all their assistance!

Law Day Race in Pictures


2021 Law Day Race Volunteers

Bottom L-R: Steve Krawitz, Patrick Best, Elizabeth Field
Top L-R: Jennifer Spata, Yai Vargas, Don Gual, Dave Siegle, Lori Siegle (MCBA staff),
  Kate Best, Sophie Best, Leona Sharpstene
     Not picture: Chynna Beisel, Jessica Jones, and Thomas Lopez
Overall Male and Female:                                     Volunteers:                                                        Volunteers:
L-R Kirt Joseph and Deborah Webster                    L-R Attorneys Leone Sharpstene                    L-R Sophie, Kate and Attorney
with Steve Krawitz, Race Committe Co-chair         and Elizabeth Field                                        Patrick Best

 Overall Winners            Volunteers Sharpstene and Field           Best Family Volunteers

Volunteers:                                                        The Starting Line:
 L-R Attorneys Jenn Spata, Jess Jones       

  Attorneys Spata Jones Beisel          Starting Line          Starting line

 And they're off!                                                  The Fun Run Walk:                                        Raffle Prize Time:
They're Off             Walker          Raffles

70 and Over Winners:
David Rich - 1st Place Mens                              Kathy Koberlein - 1st Place Womens
David Rich            Kathy Koberlein

60 - 69 Winners:
Juliette Caines - 1st Place Womens                Debra Berton - 2nd Place Womens
Caines           Berton

  Lou Camilletti 2nd Place Mens                         Dion Campbell 3rd Place Mens
Camilletti           Campbell

50 - 59 Winners:
James Furiosi - 1st Place Mens                     Jacqueline LeClaire - 1st Place Womens         

Furiosi          LeClair

40 - 49 Winners:
Janelle Blanchard - 1st Place Womens          Margaret Muth - 2nd Place Womens
Blanchard          Muth

30 - 39 Winners:
Tim O'Grady - 1st Place Mens                         Marcus Miller - 2nd Place Mens                     Andrew Kimler - 3rd Place Mens
OGrady          Miller          Kimler  

20 - 29 Winners:
Jemery Rapposelli - 1st Place Mens              Henry Burt - 2nd Place Mens                          Jake Flory - 3rd Place Mens
Rapposelli          Burt          Flory

Community Outreach Programs - PBA
Community Outreach Programs Open to Civic, Educational, Religious and Non-profit Organizations.
    Citizens Day – Panelists discuss legal topics relevant to your organization
    KidCare Project – National child photo identification and safety education program
    Celebrate the Constitution – Learn about the US and PA constitutions
    ProjectPEACE – Learn to reduce conflict and violence in our elementary schools
    Speakers Bureau – Members present to your organization current issues of interest to you
    Stepping Out Program – Learn your newly acquired rights when you turn 18 years old
    Wills for Heroes – First responders program offering free wills and supporting documents.
        First responder organizations interested in hosting a Wills for Heroes event can contact the MCBA office by emailing Denise Burdge.

Guides and Pamphlets offered by the Pennsylvania Bar Association
    “How a Lawyer Can Help You
    “Know your Rights
    Consumer Legal Information Pamphlets

Pocono Community Calendar