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:

The Law Day Committee originally scheduled for April 30, 2020 was canceled due do the pandemic.  The annual celebration celebrates our Liberty Bell Award winner and the Law Day Creativity Contest winners.  Additionally, the Monroe County Bar Foundation honors and awards multiple scholarships.  Following the Ceremony we hold our annual Fairy Tale Trials.  Although there was no official Law Day Ceremony or Fairy Tale Trials this year, we were able to celebrate our creativity contest winners as well as our Foundation scholarship winners.

The 2020 Law Day Creativity Contest recipients are:

First Place - Olivia Vroman for her poem "Simple Civic Duty".  Ms. Vroman attends Pocono Mountain East High School.
Second Place - Sarah Naughton for her painting depicting women's right to vote. Ms. Naughton attends Pocono Mountain East High School.
Third Place - Maya Yagan for her poem "All Men and Women Created Equal". Ms. Yagan attends Pocono Mountain East High School.

2020 Submissions are available to view by clicking on the links above.

The 38th Annual Law Day Race Judicata scheduled for May 2020 was postponed due to the pandemic.  While we had hoped to reschedule for October 2020 after considering the health and welfare of all our supporters the race has been canceled.  The tentative date for 2021 is Sunday, May 2nd. 

The 2021 Law Day Celebration is scheduled for Thursday, May 27th to be held at the Monroe County Court of Common Pleas.

Community Events

Mock Trials – The Mock Trial Committee is contemplating holding a virtual Mock Trial Invitational in November.  If you are a school located in NEPA or in the Lehigh Valley and interested in participating please email us no later than October 15, 2020.

Invitational info: 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.
The cases are written specifically for the invitational. Should you have questions regarding the Invitational or would like to participate, please contact

For updated information on the Pennsylvania state sponsored competions including districts and regionals, please go the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Mock Trial page.

  The 2019 Mock Trial Invitational winning team was from Pocono Mountain East High School.

  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

   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!

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