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Mark A. Kearney Confirmed As U.S. District Judge

Washington, DC - On Wednesday, December 3rd,
past president Mark A. Kearney ('09) was confirmed by a unanimous voice-vote in the United States Senate to serve as a United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the first federal trial court in the United States.  Kearney's confirmation was announced at 5:35 p.m. after winning cloture earlier in the day by a generous margin of 60 votes to 36. Upon confirmation, Kearney will be first lawyer elevated from his Montgomery County office directly to this position in the Court's 225 year history. President Obama nominated Mr. Kearney on June 16, 2014 upon the joint recommendation of Pennsylvania Senators Robert P. Casey and Patrick J. Toomey.

Nearly 600 lbs. of Clothing Collected During YLS Drive

Thank you to all who donated women's professional attire during our recent clothing drive, hosted by the Young Lawyers Section.  Nearly 600 lbs. of clothing were collected and delivered to Dress for Success Philadelphia - an organization dedicated to promoting the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.  Donations were collected at the Delaware Valley Legal Expo, the MBA Building, and participating law firms.

Click here to learn more about Dress for Success Philadelphia.
2014 Trial Lawyer of the Year

Norristown, PA - On Tuesday, November 18th, the MBA's Trial Lawyers Section hosted a special reception at the Montgomery Bar Building to recognize 2014 Trial Lawyer of the Year, Mark A. Kearney, Esquire.  Over 125 friends, family and colleagues came out
to honor Kearney, who is a co-hiring and managing shareholder of the Elliott Greenleaf law firm and
a prolific leader of both our Bar Association and Bar Foundation in recent years.

Click here to view photos from the event.

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.

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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