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May 4, 2018

MBA Diversity Committee Hosts a Day in Court

Day in Court


Norristown, PA - The MBA’s Diversity Committee, in partnership with Pine Forge Academy and Hardy Williams Mastery Charter School, hosted the seventh annual Day in Court program on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at the Montgomery County Courthouse.

The Honorable Garrett D. Page welcomed the group of 40 students into his courtroom to observe live court proceedings. Afterwards, Judge Page entertained questions from the students about court procedure.

Students were then given the opportunity to meet with the following members of the local legal community:

  • Dean M. Beer, Esq. - Montgomery County Chief Public Defender
  • Leslie Jones, Esq. - Policy and Advocacy Director, Montgomery County Public Defender
  • Todd N. Barnes, Esq. - Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney
  • Carolyn R. Mirabile, Esq. - MBA Past-President and Co-Chair, MBA Diversity Committee
  • Hon. Cheryl Lynn Austin - Judge, Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas
  • Courtroom Criers and Former Law Enforcement Agents

Each speaker shared their success stories, as well as lessons learned along the way. While each speaker's road to success was unique, their stories shared a common thread – the value of hard work, courage and perseverance in achieving your dream.

The students then enjoyed lunch at One Montgomery Plaza, where they were joined by Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judges: Hon. Steven C. Tolliver, Sr., Hon. Wendy G. Rothstein, and Hon. Daniel J. Clifford; as well as Richard Lynn, Esq., Marilou Watson, Esq. and other invited guests.

The program was made possible once again through the tireless efforts of Marilou Watson, Esq., a partner with Fox Rothschild LLP in Blue Bell. 

The PBA award-winning Day in Court program is part of the Montgomery Bar Association's efforts to promote diversity within the legal community.  Other initiatives include the Robert E. Slota, Jr. Summer 1L Internship program for diverse first year law students.  In the fall, members of Montgomery Bar Association's Diversity Committee will teach courses in the law to students at Pine Forge Academy and Hardy Williams Mastery Charter School with the hope of extending the program to other schools in the area.