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2018 Law Day Essay Contest Announced

The Lebanon County Bar Association is pleased to announce its annual celebration of Law Day, which is designed to educate people of all ages about the legal system and to celebrate the American heritage of liberty, justice and equality. This year’s celebration will be observed on Friday, April 27. 

We take a slightly different approach to observing Law Day by focusing on children. Through classroom visits by lawyers and judges, our bar association works with schools to educate children about their legal rights and responsibilities. Our classroom lessons are designed to be informative and fun for all kids. Law Day provides Lebanon County lawyers and judges with a wonderful opportunity to become involved in our community.

This year, the association is inviting all 8th through 12th grade students in Lebanon County to participate in an essay contest based on the theme, “Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom”. One essay winner will receive a $250 cash award and will be invited to attend the Law Day and Naturalization Ceremony held at the Lebanon County Courthouse on Friday, April 27.  Lebanon County Court of Common Pleas President Judge John C. Tylwalk will present the award to the winner. Contest deadline is Noon on March 26.  Rules and guidelines for the essay contest are available by calling the Bar Association office at 273-3113 or emailing lebcobar@verizon.net. 

The American Bar Association notes the following about the theme: The U.S. Constitution sets out a system of government with distinct and independent branches—Congress, the Presidency, and a Supreme Court. It also defines legislative, executive, and judicial powers and outlines how they interact. These three separate branches share power, and each branch serves as a check on the power of the others. “Ambition must be made to counteract ambition,” James Madison explained in Federalist 51. Why? Madison believed that the Constitution’s principles of separation of powers and checks and balances preserve political liberty. They provide a framework for freedom. Yet, this framework is not self-executing. We the people must continually act to ensure that our constitutional democracy endures, preserving our liberties and advancing our rights. The Law Day 2018 theme enables us to reflect on the separation of powers as fundamental to our constitutional purpose and to consider how our governmental system is working for ourselves and our posterity.

For more information, please call Susan Wolf at 273-3113 or email lebcobar@verizon.net.

New Officers and Board Elected

Members of the Lebanon County Bar Association elected new officers and members of the Board of Directors during its annual membership meeting. The following were elected to serve through 2018:

President: Michael Bechtold, Esq. (Buzgon Davis)

Vice President: Heather Eggert, Esq. (Henry & Beaver)

Treasurer: Jessica Weaver, Esq. (Mooney & Associates)

Secretary: Brian Deiderick, Esq. (Chief Public Defender)

Board of Directors At-Large: Joseph M. Farrell, Esq., Andrew Morrow, Esq., Jason Schibinger, Esq., Ian Ehrgood, Esq., and Immediate Past President Scott Grenoble, Esq.

Elliot Knapp Named 2017 Outstanding Senior

Elliot Knapp has been named the 2017 Outstanding Senior of the Year by the Lebanon County Bar Association and WLBR/WQIC. The 2017 Cedar Crest High School graduate plans to attend the Honors College at Purdue University to work toward his career goal of becoming a pilot flying for a commercial airline or work for a major airline corporation.    

From nominees offered by each of the county’s school districts, this award seeks to recognize one outstanding senior for his or her accomplishments both in and out of the classroom.  Each county school district nominates one senior and the committee’s job is never easy since all of the nominees are typically outstanding.  Nevertheless, there can only be one award recipient and the committee seeks to honor the senior which it believes stands out among the best and brightest.

PHOTO: Presenting the award to Elliot Knapp (second from left) are, from left, Heather Eggert, Esq., President and General Manager of WLBR/WQIC Robert Etter, and Marc Hess, Esq.

 

Law Day and Naturalization Ceremony Set for May 1

The public is invited to celebrate citizenship and the rule of law at the annual Law Day and Naturalization Ceremony, Monday, May 1 at 2:00 p.m. in Courtroom No. 1 of the Lebanon Municipal Building, 400 South Eighth Street, Lebanon.

Law Day is designed to bring judges, lawyers and schools together to teach students about the law and the legal system, and to celebrate the American heritage of liberty, justice and equality. This year’s theme is “The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy.” The 2017 theme provides the opportunity to explore the many ways that the 14th Amendment has reshaped American law and society. Through its Citizenship, Due Process and Equal Protection clauses, this transformative amendment advanced the rights of all Americans. It also played a pivotal role in extending the reach of the Bill of Rights to the states. Ratified during Reconstruction a century and a half ago, the 14th Amendment serves as the cornerstone of landmark civil rights legislation, the foundation for numerous federal court decisions protecting fundamental rights, and a source of inspiration for all those who advocate for equal justice under law.

The celebration will include guest speaker Thomas Place, Professor of Law at Penn State Dickinson School of Law. Place teaches course on Advanced Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Law I, Criminal Procedure, First Amendment — Free Speech, and Post-Conviction Process.

New U.S. citizens will be sworn in, and new attorneys will be admitted to the Lebanon County Bar. The event also will include special music by students from Palmyra High School, and presentations from the Daughters of the American Revolution.

President Judge John C. Tylwalk will present an award to the winner of the Lebanon County Bar Association Essay Contest. This year’s winner is Ryan Daub, an eighth-grade student in the ELCO School District.

Mock Trial for High School Students

A massive fire breaks out at an auto manufacturing facility, where one of two companies is competing to be the first to mass-market a revolutionary technology. Arson charges are filed, but is the defendant guilty as charged? Based on the legal arguments and evidence, the jury must decide.

The Lebanon County Bar Association is offering this Introduction to Mock Trials for high school students in Lebanon County on Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lebanon County Municipal Building. A pre-trial information session will be held for students on Tuesday, April 18 in the Municipal Building.

Students will participate as members of the jury in the fictional criminal trial, with attorneys from the Bar Association acting as defense and prosecution attorneys in the case. Lebanon County Court of Common Pleas Judge Bradford Charles will preside over the case.

Students who are interested in participating should contact the Bar Association office at 717-273-3113 or lebcobar@verizon.net. More detailed materials will be sent to those who register. There is no cost to participate.

The LCBA is the professional association for attorneys in Lebanon County, providing continuing education opportunities, networking and acting as liaison to the Pennsylvania Bar Association. The organization also works to strengthen ties with the community through a lawyer referral program, outreach through schools and supporting local organizations.

Law Day Essay Contest Open to 8th Grade Students

The Lebanon County Bar Association is again sponsoring its annual Law Day Essay Contest. This year’s contest is open to all 8th grade students in Lebanon County.

One essay winner will receive a $250 cash award and will be invited to attend the Law Day and Naturalization Ceremony held at the Lebanon County Courthouse on Monday, May 1. Lebanon County Court of Common Pleas President Judge John C. Tylwalk will present the award to the winner. Contest deadline is Noon on March 24.  Rules and guidelines for the essay contest are available here or by calling the Bar Association office at 273-3113 or emailing lebcobar@verizon.net.

This year’s theme, chosen by the American Bar Association, is “The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy.” The ABA’s Law Day Planning Guide and resources are available on their website at http://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_education/initiatives_awards/law-day/law_day_guide_2017.html

The ABA notes the following about the theme: “The 2017 theme provides the opportunity to explore the many ways that the 14th Amendment has reshaped American law and society. Through its Citizenship, Due Process and Equal Protection clauses, this transformative amendment advanced the rights of all Americans. It also played a pivotal role in extending the reach of the Bill of Rights to the states. Ratified during Reconstruction a century and a half ago, the 14th Amendment serves as the cornerstone of landmark civil rights legislation, the foundation for numerous federal court decisions protecting fundamental rights, and a source of inspiration for all those who advocate for equal justice under law.”

Law Day is designed to bring judges, lawyers and schools together to teach students about the law and the legal system, and to celebrate the American heritage of liberty, justice and equality.

Teachers who are interested in having a judge or lawyer visit their classrooms or who want to schedule a tour of the courthouse may contact Susan Wolf at the LCBA – 273-3113 or email lebcobar@verizon.net.

 

LCBA members donate to Lebanon Rescue Mission

Members of the Lebanon County Bar Association donated $500.00 to the Lebanon Rescue Mission recently. The organization’s mission is to “serve through shelter, nourishment, clothing, education and healthcare” and its ministries include a men’s shelter, Agape Family Shelter, and Lebanon Free Clinic. In the photo, Rescue Mission Executive Director Susan Spahr, right, accepts a check from attorney Heather Eggert, a member of the Lebanon County Bar Association Public Relations Committee.

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Members donate to Jubilee Ministries

Members of the Lebanon County Bar Association donated $500.00 to Jubilee Ministries recently. The organization’s ministry includes preventive programs like the HOPES Homeless Resource Center, as well as after-prison programs such as a transition house. Jubilee has stores in Lebanon, Palmyra, and Manheim.

In the photo, Jubilee Ministries’ Executive Director Ryan Newswanger (center) accepts a check from attorneys Heather Eggert and Andrew Morrow, members of the Lebanon County Bar Association’s Public Relations Committee.

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Information Available on New Criminal Expungement Law

New Expungement Law Takes Effect November 1

The Lebanon County Bar Association is participating in an “Understanding Expungement and Limited Access to Criminal Records” public information campaign. The program provides basic information about expungement and a new state law that amends the crimes code to create a new option to address criminal history record information.

The new state law, which goes into effect Nov. 1, 2016, limits access to criminal records for eligible individuals convicted of a second- and third-degree misdemeanor who have completed all punishment and have no arrests or convictions for at least 10 years. The law allows individuals to petition the courts for an order of limited access to information about certain second- and third-degree misdemeanors. Although the public will no longer have access, the criminal histories would still be available upon request to law enforcement and state licensing agencies.

Pennsylvania has joined a growing number of states to expand expungement laws and to limit access to some information about criminal histories with the primary goal of removing barriers to employment, housing and education for individuals who have completed their sentences.

In addition to support from the Lebanon County Bar Association, the campaign is funded with support from the Pennsylvania Bar Association and a grant from the Pennsylvania Bar Trust Fund. It is the 13th in a series of statewide public education efforts waged under the direction of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Community and Public Relations Committee. Previous campaigns have addressed such issues as wills and estates, children’s educational rights, identity theft, credit issues and child support.

To receive copies of free brochures Pennsylvania’s laws on expungement and limited access to criminal records, click here.  To find a local attorney who can assist you, call 717-273-3113

2016 Outstanding Senior named

Amanda Axarlis has been named the 2016 Outstanding Senior of the Year by the Lebanon County Bar Association and WLBR/WQIC. The 2016 ELCO High School graduate plans to attend Penn State University, University Park, to study finance and international business.

From nominees offered by each of the county’s school districts, this award seeks to recognize one outstanding senior for his or her accomplishments both in and out of the classroom.  Each county school district nominates one senior and the committee’s job is never easy since all of the nominees are typically outstanding.  Nevertheless, there can only be one award recipient and the committee seeks to honor the senior which it believes stands out among the best and brightest.

Presenting the award to Amanda Axarlis (center) are, from left, Ann Kline, Esq., Marc Hess, Esq., President and General Manager of WLBR/WQIC Robert Etter, and Heather Eggert, Esq.

Outstanding Senior 2016