History

History of the Monroe County Bar Association

The original association of the Monroe County Bar was an informal gathering of local attorneys. As far back as 1868, there were efforts to form an organization to assist its members in providing high quality legal services to the community.

On April 19, 1915, the Monroe County Bar Association was formed when a constitution, by-laws and minimum fee bill were adopted. On May 29, 1915, the association became incorporated by the Court of Common Pleas of Monroe County. The first President was Dr. Joseph H. Shull, Esquire. Attorney Shull was first admitted to practice on May 31, 1878, and continued in the legal field for more than fifty-seven years. The original subscribers at the time of incorporation were:

Joseph H. Shull, Rogers L. Burnett, John B. Williams, Cicero Gearhart, A. Raguel Brittain, Harvey A. Huffman, Wilton A. Erdman, Stewart S. Shafer, Frank B. Holmes, William B. Eilenberger, Claude C. Shull, Chester B. Rhodes and Ira A. LaBar

The members of the Board of Directors were:

Joseph H. Shull, Wilton A.Erdman, Frank B. Holmes, John B. Williams, and Chester B. Rhodes.

The purpose of the organization, according to the incorporation decree was to maintain the honor and dignity of the profession of the law, to cultivate social interaction among its members and to increase its usefulness in promoting the due administration of justice.

Today the Monroe County Bar Association continues to assist its members and the public of Monroe County by providing an opportunity for interaction, education and community related services. The Bar Association has grown to over 250 members and maintains a permanent center at 913 Main Street, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

In 2015 we celebrated our 100th anniversary.  For more history on the Monroe County Bar Association, we invite you to read Celebrating 100 Years - A Reflection of our History

Monroe County Bar Association Presidents

1915 - 1944   Joseph H. Shull
1945 - 1955   Harold C. Edward
1956 - 1958   Russell L. Mervine
1959 - 1965   Arlington W. Williams
1966 - 1966   Phillip H. Williams
1967 - 1968   George T. Robinson
1969 - 1970   Elmer D. Christine, Sr.
1971 - 1971   James C. Scanlon
1972 - 1973   Detleff A. Hansen
1974 - 1977   Kennard Lewis
1978 - 1978   Richard E. Deetz
1980 - 1981   Alex L. Bensinger
1982 - 1982   Jerome P. Cheslock
1983 - 1984   Linda Wallach Miller
1985 - 1986   Maxwell H. Cohen
1987 - 1987   Robert Williamson
1988 - 1989   Charles P. Eyer
1990 - 1991   James F. Marsh
1992 - 1993   C. Daniel Higgins, Sr.
1994 - 1995   Daniel M. Corveleyn
1996 - 1997   Jerry F. Hanna
1998 - 1999   Bernard M. Billick
2000 - 2001   William J. Reaser, Jr.
2002 - 2003   Mary Louise Parker
2004 - 2004   Charles J. Vogt
2005 - 2005   Mark S. Love
2006 - 2006   Joseph P. McDonald, Jr.
2007 - 2007   Thomas V. Casale
2008 - 2008   Gerard J. Geiger
2009 - 2009   Alan P. Young
2010 - 2010   Stephen M. Higgins
2011 - 2011   David J. Williamson
2012 - 2012   F. Andrew Wolf
2013 - 2013   Jane Roach Maughan
2014 - 2014   Lori J. Cerato
2015 - 2015   Todd W. Weitzmann
2016 - 2016   Jeffrey A. Durney
2017 -           Timothy J. McManus

Sources of Information:

History of Monroe County Pennsylvania
Robert Brown Keller, The Monroe Publishing Company - 1927

The Founding of Monroe County
Addresses Delivered before The Monroe County Historical Society Meeting - January 16, 1936

The Bench and Bar and Official Life of Monroe County
Illustrated Review by Emil Held - 1915