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MBA Receives Three County Bar Recognition Awards
from the Pennsylvania Bar Association

Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) presented three County Bar Recognition Awards to the Montgomery Bar Association during the 48th Annual Seminar of the Conference of County Bar Leaders, Feb. 27 – March 1, at The Nittany Lion Inn, State College.

Recognized for its Giving Tuesday campaign, its juried art initiative and magazine rejuvenation, the Montgomery Bar Association is one of 25 local bar associations in Pennsylvania honored this year for sponsoring projects that improve the legal profession, justice system or community. The awards are presented annually by the PBA.

"Our communities and legal professionals benefit greatly from the thousands of voluntary hours that hardworking lawyers invest each year into local programs and services," said Forest N. Myers. "We are proud to acknowledge their efforts and encourage even more legal professionals to take part in the ongoing good works of the organized bar."

The association participated in the national Giving Tuesday campaign, a day of giving observed on the first Tuesday following Thanksgiving. Association members, partners, media and community members were encouraged to spread the word about the campaign and make donations to their favorite charities. Those without favorite charities were urged to learn about justice-related causes such as the Montgomery Bar Foundation. Members learned about the campaign through a dedicated website, internal communications and social media. 

"Courting Art" was an initiative to place juried art in the county courthouse without using taxpayer dollars. The "What I Love about Montgomery County" exhibition debuted at the Montgomery County Community College Fine Arts Center. A Valentine's Day courthouse news conference capitalized on the project’s theme. An awards event included the county commissioners, legislators, judges and bar, community and business leaders. More than 100 pieces of artwork were on display. Cash prizes were awarded to amateur and professional artists and, thanks to supporting sponsors, all the winning work is now part of a permanent exhibit at the courthouse. 

Published since 1986, SIDEBAR magazine has historically been a free, quarterly publication expressly for association members. The SIDEBAR Committee, association leadership and communications staff agreed on a partially outsourced model that would enhance design, leverage the strengths of internal staff members, reduce costs, and increase circulation beyond membership to include the association's extensive vendor database and hundreds of area businesses. A third-party vendor was utilized to sell advertising. Additional firms and vendors are advertising in the rejuvenated publication.

The Conference of County Bar Leaders, whose membership includes leaders from county bar associations throughout the state and from the PBA, organizes a yearly educational conference focusing on the exchange of innovative bar association projects and ideas and on the development of mutually-beneficial relationships among bar leaders that improve the legal profession.

Founded in 1895, the PBA strives to promote justice, professional excellence and respect for the law; improve public understanding of the legal system; facilitate access to legal services; and serve the 27,000 lawyers who are members of the association.