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 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

Upcoming Events and Program:

The Law Day Committee will announce the Law Day Creativity Contest rules in spring of 2020.

The date for the 38th Annual Law Day Race Judicata will set in early winter of 2019.  Please check back for details at that time.

Community Events
    Law Day Ceremony was held on Friday, April 26, 2019, 9:00 am in the Monroe County Courthouse.  At that time we honored our 2019 Liberty Bell Award receipent as well as our Creativity Contest award winners. 
            The 2019 Liberty Bell Award receipent, Ken Gustafson, was honored at the Law Day Ceremony.  Read more about Mr. Gustafson.
            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. Breslauer
               2005    Lester Abelofr
               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 Volunter

        Creative Writing and Visual Art Project winners were celebrated at the Law Day Ceremonies on Friday, April 26, 2019. 

        2019 winners are:
            First Place - Aaliyah Rojas for her poem "Freedom of Speech".  Ms. Rojas attends Pocono Mountain West High School.
            Second Place - Jason Walker for his poem "Our Voice".  Mr. Walker attends Pocono Mountain West High School.
            Third Place - Shaterra Robinson for her essay "Law Day Essay". Ms. Robinson attends Pocono Mountain West High School.
            Honorable Mentions were awarded to Brendyn Lechene from Stroudsburg High School and Mackenze Williams from
               Stroudsburg High School for their inspiring works of art.

        Law Day Fantasy Trials were held before an audience of local fifth and six grade students.  This year the theme was
             "Toy Story - the Commonwealth vs Prospector Pete!"
           If your school is interested in attending future trials, please email Please include your name,
           organization name and phone number.

   The 37th "Race Judicata" was held on Sunday, April 28, 2019.  The 5-mile race and 5k Fun-Run/Walk race proceeds will benefit the Valor Clinic Foundation. 
     Thank you to all our sponsors, runners and walkers too!

        Supreme Sponsors
           Krawitz & Krawitz          
           Lori J. Cerato, Attorney-at-Law
           Monroe Abstract Company
           Mount Pocono Campground
           Powlette & Field LLC

        Appellate Sponsors
           Durney & Worthington LLC
           Newman, Williams, Mishkin, Corveleyn, Wolfe & Fareri, P.C.
           RLB - Regan, Levin, Bloss, Brown & Savchak, P.C.

        Local District Sponsors
           Dave Coulter, Realtor Keller Williams
           Laurie B. Samet Physical Therapy
           Law Offices of David A. Martino          
           Michael A. Esposito, D.D.S     
           Mobility - Doc
           Primrose & Jinks, PC
           Shinnie Home Improvements
        Media Sponsors
            Pocono Record
            Pocono 96.7
            93.5 SBG
            WESS90.3 FM

       Special Thanks to Raffle Prize Donors
Edge of the Woods
            Garlic Steak & Seafood
            Marita's Cantina
            Massage Academy
            Muscle Inc.
            Ready Set Run
            Renegade Winery
            Shear Design
            Siamsa Irish Pup
            Sweet Creams Cafe
            Thai Orchid
            Tolino's Winery
            Vincent's Deli

       Special Thanks to In Kind Donors
            Minuteman Press
            Pocono ProFoods

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

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

      2019 Race Results:      

Male Female

1st Place - Dave Marra 43:58
2nd Place -Don Gual 44.37
3rd Place - Steve Krawitz 47:01

1st Place - Hillary Madden 46.16

1st Place - Patrick Stewart 31:43

1st Place - Lara Arndt 37:51
Age Group 19 & Under
1st Place - Matthew Ingenito 37:39
2nd Place - Cristian Kent 43:11
  Age Group 20-30
Jamie Bowman 43:57

Age Group 31-40
1st Place - Andrew Kimler 38:20

Age Group 41-50
1st Place - Douglas Ferguson 44:39

Age Group 41-50
1st Place - Sandy Messerle 51:50

Age Group 51-60
1st Place - Lawrence Giles, Jr. 50:44
2nd Place - Dion Campbell 51:32

Age Group 51-60
1st Place - Donna Omosky 48:00
2nd Place - Gina Foglia 49:02

Age Group 61 and over
1st Place - Rod Hasker 1:33:55

Age Group 61 and over
1st Place - Deborah Booth 1:07:44
2nd Place - Marlene Stroller 1:33:33

Mock Trials – The 2019 Mock Trial Invitational competition will be held on Saturday, November 23, 2019.  We will hosted by East Stroudsburg South High School.  

The 2018 Mock Trial Invitational winners were Pocono Mountain East High School. The Mock Trials District  Competition and Regional Competitions will be held in February 2019.  Please see the MCBA calendar for specific dates, times and the location. 
Schools interested in participating in the Invitational must preregister with the Monroe County Bar Association by contacting MCBA at or calling 570.424.7288.
Each year the Mock Trial committee crafts a new and unique case for the students to gain additional competition practice before the statewide competition begins.
In 2018 the case was the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania vs Skyler Wallace.  This unique case was written specifically for the 2018 Mock Trial Invitational. 
Should you have questions regarding the Invitational or would like to participate, please contact

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