— The Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) presented a County Bar Recognition Award to the Lackawanna Bar Association during the 53rd Annual Seminar of the Conference of County Bar Leaders, Feb. 21 – 23, at the Nittany Lion Inn, State College.

Recognized for its Wills for Heroes program, the Lackawanna Bar Association is one of 22 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.

“Each year, we’re proud to recognize the important projects and programs that members of local bar associations are doing to better communities throughout Pennsylvania,” said PBA President Charles Eppolito III. “I applaud the efforts of the many volunteers that made these good works possible.”

The Lackawanna Bar Association hosted its 9th Annual Wills for Heroes program that was jointly coordinated by its Wills for Heroes and Veterans committees. This year, the program provided 50 veterans and their spouses with free wills, healthcare directives and powers of attorney. The association is proud of this annual program and its volunteer attorneys and notaries.

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 Pennsylvania Bar Association strives to promote justice, professional excellence and respect for the law; improve public understanding of the legal system; facilitate access of legal services; and serve the lawyer members of the state’s largest organized bar association.