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July 20, 2017

MBA Diversity Committee Honors Judge Cheryl L. Austin for Dedication to Diversity in the Practice of Law

Judge Austin


Norristown, PA - On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, Montgomery Bar Association's Diversity Committee welcomed several esteemed dignitaries and special guests for the Closing Reception of its 9th Annual Robert E. Slota, Jr. Summer 1L Diversity Internship Program.  Among them were members of this year's graduating 1L Intern Class, members from sponsoring law offices, Judge Cheryl L. Austin from the 38th Judicial District Court of Common Pleas, and the Judge H. Geoffrey Moulton, Jr. from the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. The reception also celebrated a proud milestone for the MBA as it marks ten years since the creation of its Diversity Committee. Over 60 guests – judges, lawyers, family and friends – were in attendance.

MBA President Eric Smith kicked-off the evening, expressing appreciation for the significant progress of the Association’s diversity efforts, and stressing the importance of continued commitment to this important work.
Judge Moulton discussed his work in the landmark In Re Estate of Carter case and the progression of the law relating to same sex marriage in Pennsylvania. Judge Austin was honored for her influential dedication to diversity in the practice of law and contribution as co-founding Chair of the Bar’s award-winning Diversity Committee. She spoke of her own journey, as well as that of the Committee which was launched a decade ago when she and the Honorable Daniel J. Clifford were appointed to form the MBA’s first Diversity Task Force.  Judge Austin encouraged the 1L students to work hard and, when they achieve success, to reach back to help those coming behind them.

Committee co-chairs, Carolyn R. Mirabile, Esq. and Gerald L. Shoemaker, Jr., Esq., thanked representatives of the nine law firms sponsoring the students for the summer, and presented each with a commerative plaque.  The reception came to a conclusion as the co-chairs presented each student a one thousand dollar scholarship to be applied to his or her second year of law school. Students were encouraged to return to Montgomery County to pursue the successful legal careers that await them.   

As the MBA looks back on its decade of diversity efforts, it affirms the importance of its mission to ensure diversity in the practice of law throughout Montgomery County, and its firm belief in the correlation between diversity and access to justice.


Summer 1L Diversity Closing Reception & Award Ceremony


About the Montgomery Bar Association
Established in 1885 to professionalize the county’s practice of law, the Montgomery Bar Association (MBA) is one of our nation’s oldest and most respected bar associations, representing over 2,100 legal professionals in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.  Now, as then, the MBA exists to uphold legal and ethical standards in our legal community.  As the third largest Bar in Pennsylvania, the MBA has a longstanding tradition of service to its membership and the community.  For members, the MBA offers an important arena for networking, professional development and education.  For the community, the MBA serves as a trusted legal resource, offering education, legal assistance and funds, and resources for individuals and agencies in need.  The Association is actively engaged in public service through community outreach, free educational events offered throughout the year, programs like the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project, the Mock Trial Competitions for high-school students, and more.  For more information on the Montgomery Bar Association, visit