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May 1, 2018

Local Legal Community Comes Together to Celebrate Law Day

Law Day

New admittees to the Bar of Montgomery County, 2017-18

Norristown, PA - On Tuesday, May 1, 2018, the Montgomery Bar Association hosted its annual Law Day celebration, a nationwide effort to celebrate the role of law in our society and to cultivate a deeper understanding of the legal profession.

President Judge Thomas M. Del Ricci presided over the ceremony and invited Pennsylvania Superior Court President Judge Susan Peikes Gantman to deliver the annual Law Day address, which focused on this year's theme of the Separation of Powers. In addition, Michael E. Furey, Esq., Chair of the MBA's American Citizenship & The Law Committee, and MBA President Mary C. Pugh spoke at the ceremony as well.

The MBA's Law Day ceremony also featured the swearing-in of new admittees to the Bar of Montgomery County during the past year (pictured above), followed by the following awards:

Young Lawyers Section Mock Trial Award

Mock Trial Winners

Harriton High School

Team Members (in alphabetical order): Ben Feldman, Anne-Sophie Bilello, Anna Fleming, Camille Furer, Keren Katz, Jonah Samuels, Jake Waldman, Bianca Xiao, Evan Zales
Christine Jawork (Teacher Advisor), Anthony DeMichele, Esq. (Attorney Advisor)

Henry Stuckert Miller Public Service Award

Kenneth E. Picardi, Esq.

Henry Stuckert Miller Award

This is awarded to a lawyer who demonstrates leadership in community service. The award honors a lawyer who demonstrates unusual devotion to community service in addition to his service to the legal community.

Kenneth E. Picardi is a partner at Yergey Daylor. He has a diverse general practice that includes business, family, municipal, personal injury, real estate, wills, and estate law. Mr. Picardi represents Perkiomen Township, Upper Frederick Planning Commission, and numerous small businesses and individuals.

As an accomplished attorney, he has dedicated much of his time and service to giving back. Following are just a few of his many philanthropic endeavors:

  • Chair of the Montgomery County March of Dimes Walk (1995-1996);
  • Longtime volunteer with Legal Aid of Montgomery County;
  • President of the Board of Directors of the Pottstown Health and Wellness Foundation, an $80 million non-profit organization;
  • President and 20- year member of the Pottstown Spat and Slipper Ball which is a local nonprofits that holds a yearly Gala that benefits a non-profit in Pottstown area. Past recipients include the Pottstown Library, the Pottstown Cluster, Operation Backpack, Wheels for a Cure, the Police Athletic League and the Salvations Army.
  • Longtime Board member of the Pottstown YMCA
  • Ten year Youth Advisor at the First Presbyterian Church of Pottstown with monthly meetings and projects with Senior High Youth for various programs of mission work, conversations, outings and retreats;
  • Annual participant in USA Disaster Relief Missions Trips which allowed him to work with Habitat for Humanity, Emergency Relief Agencies at various sites including the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey, Hurricane Irene and Hurricane Harvey;
  • Active member in Montgomery County’s Habitat for Humanity in Pottstown;
  • Volunteer for Pickering and French Creek Conservation Trust Iron Tour;
  • Volunteer and supporter for many other local theatre, athletic and education endeavors.

Courthouse Employee Award

Michael P. Gordon

Montgomery County Chief Adult Probation Officer

Courthouse Employee Award

This is awarded to a public employee who has provided outstanding service to Montgomery County citizens on a daily basis. The award honors someone who is not just performing his or her job function, but goes above and beyond what the job requires.

Mr. Gordon has provided outstanding service to Montgomery County citizens on a daily basis since 1985, when as a young, energetic and motivated young man he began his career as a Correctional  Officer at Montgomery  County's Correctional  Facility. He moved on to the facility's librarian and then onto the  Social  Services Department, eventually becoming the Director of Inmate Services. Mr. Gordon's impressive list of accomplishments while Director of Inmate Services include; developing GED classes; acquiring a literacy Council for the inmates, establishing a Notary Public, launching Girls Scouts Behind Bars: a program which brings incarcerated mothers and their daughters together, and located mental health providers for inmates  with  these issues within the Prison. Mr. Gordon also fought for Video Conferencing, resulting in better safety measures and significant savings for taxpayers.

Mr. Gordon was named Chief of Adult Probation, Parole and DUI Services on June 30, 2008. Since then, he has created a cultural change within Adult Probation, Parole and DUI Services that has led to advancements for staff, offenders and the Court. Members of Adult Probation's Team describe their Chief as "leading by example." "He is a dedicated person that would never have you do something that he hasn't already done or is willing to do himself: from  working reception, picking up trash, conducting drug screens, defensive tactics training, dealing with the toughest offenders, assisting prior offenders that seek guidance, the list goes on and on."  Michael Gordon's motto is:  "Always do what is right!" He oversees and is a staunch supporter of Montgomery County Treatment Courts - having attended all 104 drug court graduations to date.

Mr. Gordon has respect among his peers as a proven leader. He has a knack for bringing groups together. He is affiliated with PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency, County Chief Adult Probation and Parole Officers' Association of PA, National  Association of Probation Executives, American Correctional Association, National Association of Probation Executives, American Correctional Association, National Association of Drug Court Professionals, The Pennsylvania Association of Drug Court Professionals, and the Criminal Justice Advisory Board.

Michael Gordon consistently goes above and beyond what the job requires. He not only has provided outstanding service to Montgomery County citizens, but has made a positive difference in countless lives, the effects of which are seen daily and will continue to resonate for many years.

Public Service Award for Citizens

Stanley Sarnocinski, Jr.

Montgomery County Supply Room Supervisor

Stanley Carnocinski

This is awarded to a non-lawyer who performs outstanding service to the citizens of Montgomery County. The intent of the award is to honor an "unsung hero"; someone who works behind the scenes and who has not called attention to his or her own achievements in community service.

Stanley Sarnocinski, Jr. has worked as Montgomery County's Supply Room Supervisor for over 14 years. Mr. Sarnocinski is an unassuming, kind gentleman who is always happy and positive. He provided outstanding service to the citizens of Montgomery County as a mail carrier in Blue Bell and Postmaster in Sassamansville prior to becoming a member of the County family. However, what most people don't know Is that for 20 years, Stan was a scout leader. You will also find him hard at work at Washington Memorial Chapel at Valley Forge, where he is not only a member, but is also on the steering committee and men's guild, ushers and locks the Chapel doors and raises money for its upkeep.

On Veteran's Day you will find Mr. Sarnocinski at Arcola School, where for the past 16 years he has planned and led emotional ceremonies to honor those who have fought for this great country.

He is Jr. Past-President of the National Camp of Patriotic Order Sons of America, the oldest patriotic organization in the United States, and serves as Treasurer of the Washington Camp #523, Eagleville. Mr. Sarnocinski secured a handcrafted, wooden, red, white and blue collection box for retired flags located down on the first floor of the Courthouse to insure that residents have a way to properly retire their American flags. He has participated in numerous solemn ceremonies so that worn and frayed flags are given a proper goodbye. As Carl Hessler wrote about him: "Sarnocinski is known for displaying patriotism year round." Mr. Sarnocinski is married to Lori and they have 3 children and 6 grandchildren.