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2014 Delaware Valley Legal Expo
Volunteer Lawyers Prepare Wills for Heroes

Blue Bell, PA - On Saturday morning, September 20th, approximately 15 volunteers from the MBA's Young Lawyers Section teamed up with the PBA to host a local Wills for Heroes event the Centre Square Fire Company. According to PA Wills for Heroes Co-Director Lisa Shearman, attorneys prepared approximately 30 documents in total, including Wills, Powers of Attorney and Health Care Directives for first responders and their spouses so that their families will be protected in the event of a tragedy. 

Click here to read more.
Click here to view photos from the event.

Bar Foundation Announces Opening of Fall 2014 Grant Cycle

Norristown, PA - The Montgomery Bar Foundation (MBF) recently announced the opening of its Fall 2014 Grant Cycle.   The MBF is accepting Grant Applications through Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from organizations located in Montgomery County that provide pro bono legal representation, advocacy and counseling to victims of crime, abuse, poverty, neglect and discrimination to County residents. 

A 2014 Grant Application Packet and additional information may be obtained on the Bar Foundation’s website, www.MontgomeryBarFoundation.org.  Unsolicited proposals or incomplete Grant Applications will not be accepted.  Applications are due by Tuesday, October 21, 2014 (4 p.m) and Grants will be announced and awarded in December. 

President Nominates Mark A. Kearney to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Blue Bell, PA - President Barack Obama recently nominated 2009 MBA President Mark A. Kearney to become a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of PA, the first federal trial court in the United States.  Kearney's nomination came upon the joint recommendation of PA Senators Robert P. Casey and Patrick J. Toomey.  As co-hiring and managing shareholder of the Elliott Greenleaf law firm, Kearney is the first lawyer with a principal office in Montgomery County to be nominated to the United States District Court in over 50 years.

Kearney has been a prolific leader of both our Bar Association and Bar Foundation and we're grateful for his service.  Please join us in congratulating Mark for earning this highly distinguished honor.

Thank You Artists, Sponsors and Community Partners...

Norristown, PA - Our Community Outreach Committee's second annual Courting Art: What I Love About Montgomery County Art Contest and Exhibition proved to be another landmark success.  And thanks to generous support from our participating artists, sponsors and community partners, we'll soon be giving new life to another wing at the Montgomery County Court House at no cost to taxpayers.
Click here to view this year's sponsors. 

Be sure to visit CourtingArt.com for more information on this award-winning effort. And stay tuned for details about this year's courthouse dedication ceremony. Coming soon!

Click here to view recent article by Mary English of 21st-Century Media, "Courting Art contest alleviates starkness of Montco's Court House." 

Click here for a list of this year's accepted work.
Young Lawyers Lead Another Extreme Home Makeover
Harleysville, PA - On Monday, January 20, 2014, thirteen members of the Bar Association took part in a day of service in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., organized by the Young Lawyer’s Section. The volunteer attorneys – composed of both younger and older members of the bar, and one member of the bench – assisted the Keystone Opportunity Center in preparing a transitional housing unit for new residents. Read More››

Click here to check out the coverage on the Patch network.

ADR NEWS:
New Resolution Center Announced

Center for Mediation and Arbitration Offers Affordable Dispute Resolution Alternatives

A new Civil Dispute Resolution Program is now available to individuals, corporations, insurance carriers and other entities seeking expeditious resolution of civil disputes.
To launch the program, the MBA's ADR Committee was charged with appointing a panel of 13 qualified mediators and/or arbitrators.  Learn More at our CMA website ››

Liberty & Law Civics Education Program Earns High Marks at Norristown Middle Schools

NORRISTOWN, PA – For the past three school years, lawyers and judges throughout Montgomery County have been teaming up to bring civics education to Norristown area middle schools.  The Montgomery Bar Association’s (MBA) volunteer-based Liberty & Law program was designed to help area youth understand the justice system, appreciate the constitution and understand the rights and laws that affect their daily lives. Read More››

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