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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

Community Events
    Law Day Ceremony will be held on Friday, April 27, 2018, 9:00 am in the Monroe County Courthouse.  At that time we will honor our 2018 Liberty Bell Award receipent as well as our Creativity Contest award winners. 
    MCBA is now accepting nomination, Nomination Form,  from MCBA members for the 2018 Liberty Bell Award
        The 2018 Liberty Bell Award receipent will be announced on or around May 1, 2018.
            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 Abelof
               2006    John J. Riley
               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

        Creative Writing and Visual Art Project winners will be announced and celebrated at the Law Day Ceremonies on Friday, April 27, 2018. Rules for submitting projects are due by April 10, 2018

        Last year's winners were announced at the Law Day Ceremony on Friday, April 28, 2017.
            First Place - Kate Martin for her video "A Woman's Tale".  Ms Martin attends Pocono Mountain West High School. To view Ms. Martin's
            submission, click on the A Women's Tale. The full video is also available for viewing.
            Second Place - Kristen Batstone for her short story "Love is Love". Ms Batstone attends Pleasant Valley High School.
            Third Place - Yasmine Brooks for her poster and poem "Loving V Virginia. Ms Brooks attends Pocono Mountain East High School.
        Law Day Fantasy Trials were held before an audience of local fifth and six grade students.  This year the theme is "The Avengers!" If your school is intereted in attending the Trials, please email
           Last year the theme was 'Batman Lego'.  The villian, the Joker, was on trial having been charged with Arson, Conspiracy to Commit Arson and Possession of Weapons of Mass
           Destruction. The jury of his peers found him guilty on all counts.  President Judge Worthington sentenced the Joker to 100 years
           behind bars!

   The 36th "Race Judicata" will be held on Sunday, April 29, 2018.  The 5-mile race and 5k Fun-Run/Walk race proceeds will benefit the Valor Clinic Foundation.  Race registration is now open. 
   Sponsorship opportunities are available as well.  Please consider supporting the Valor Clinic Foundation by running or sponsoring this year's race.  All race registration and sponsorship funds are donated. The Monroe
   County Bar Association continues to support our community by covering all expenses.
      Last year we raised $3,000 for Burnely Employment and Rehabilitation Services.  Sponsors were:
        Supreme Sponsors
           Monroe Abstract
           Mount Pocono Campground
           Powlette & Field LLC

        Appellate Sponsors
           King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul, LLC
           Lampman Law   
           Law Offices of David A. Martino       
           Lori J. Cerato, Attorney-at-Law
           MHK Attorneys
           Newman, Williams, Mishkin, Corveleyn, Wolfe & Fareri, P.C.

        Local District Sponsors
           2nd Wind Fitness
           Krawitz & Krawitz, PC
           Laurie B. Samet Physical Therapy
           Mobility - Doc
           Momento's Pizza
           Reed Technology Solutions
           Waring Bowman Realty

        Media Sponsors
            Pocono Record
            Pocono 96.7
            93.5 SBG

        Race Results:
           Judges / Lawyers
             1st Place - Dave Marra 36:24
             2nd Place - Joe Sulpizio 36:57
             3rd Place - Barney Anderson 41:24

             1st Place - Matthew Martino 27:30
             2nd Place - Jake Flory 34:25
             3rd Place - James Duden 37:05

             1st Place - Lara Arndt 36:37
             2nd Place - Sara Miller 38:58
             3rd Place - Nikki Sabol-Perschy 40:36        

         Participates were entered in a prize raffle.  Prizes donated by:
             Deer Head Inn
             Edge of the Woods
             Massage Academy
             Ready Set Run
             Sarah Street Bar & Grill
             Shear Design
             Siamsa Irish Pub
Mock Trials – This year's Mock Trial Invitational Saturday was being held on Saturday, November 18, 2017.  We were hosted by Pocono Mountain West High School.  
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 2017 the case was the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania vs Kit Snow.  This unique case has been written specifically for the 2017 Mock Trial Invitational.  Should you have questions regarding the case, 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