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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
News on Events and Programs:
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!
Abington Heights High School - Region 10 First Place Winner and National Competition 24th Place 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!
Lori J. Cerato, Attorney-at_Law
Monroe Abstract Company
Morgan Stanley - Seventh Street Group
Powlette & Field LLC
Amori and Associates
Dave Coulter / Keller Williams
Krawitz & Krawitz PC
Michael Gonsky DDS
The Law Office of Mark A. Primrose
Local District Sponsors
Michael A. Esposito, D.D.S.
Shinnie Home Improvements
Special Thanks to Raffle Prize Donors
Special Thanks to In Kind Donors
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
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
Volunteers: The Starting Line:
L-R Attorneys Jenn Spata, Jess Jones
And they're off! The Fun Run Walk: Raffle Prize Time:
70 and Over Winners:
David Rich - 1st Place Mens Kathy Koberlein - 1st Place Womens
60 - 69 Winners:
Juliette Caines - 1st Place Womens Debra Berton - 2nd Place Womens
Lou Camilletti 2nd Place Mens Dion Campbell 3rd Place Mens
50 - 59 Winners:
James Furiosi - 1st Place Mens Jacqueline LeClaire - 1st Place Womens
40 - 49 Winners:
Janelle Blanchard - 1st Place Womens Margaret Muth - 2nd Place Womens
30 - 39 Winners:
Tim O'Grady - 1st Place Mens Marcus Miller - 2nd Place Mens Andrew Kimler - 3rd Place Mens
20 - 29 Winners:
Jemery Rapposelli - 1st Place Mens Henry Burt - 2nd Place Mens Jake Flory - 3rd Place Mens
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