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April 7th, 2014

Pike County Bar Association Sponsored Welcomes Donna Fontana to the CLE

Milford, PA- The Pike County Bar Association (PCBA) help a continuing legal education program on April 7, 2014 featuring Donna A. Fontana, a Forensic Anthropologist of national fame. PCBA President Elizabeth A. Erickson Kameen stated "we are very fortunate to have Donna Fontana join us as part of this educational program. She brings an unmatched expertise in a field with a limited amount of specialists. This is a unique area of expertise and of great significance to families waiting for news of missing persons. Her expertise and interaction with a variety of professionals shall prove invaluable as she walks members through the process of identification and the multiple legal facets as well."

Photo caption: Donna Fontana, Forensic Anthropologist

Since 1981, Donna A. Fontana, Forensic Anthropologist for the New Jersey State Police, has been providing assistance to New Jersey law enforcement agencies and county medical examiners in the forensic anthropological analysis of human skeletal remains. Such analysis includes the determination and estimation of age, sex, race, stature and other information which may contribute to identification and cause of death. She provides on-scene assistance in the search for and identification of buried, hidden, or scattered human remains. She is also responsible for the controlled excavation and recovery of human remains. She is skilled in three-dimensional clay facial reconstruction and also assists in reconstruction composite drawings of the face based upon analysis of the skull.

Fontana is a tact officer with the New Jersey State Police for the National Crime Information Center (N.C.I.C.) database for Missing (MP) and Unidentified Persons (UP) entries and modifications in New Jersey. She has been working with N.C.I.C. for nearly 30 years and is extremely experienced in the coding and entry of information regarding missing and unidentified persons, required by N.C.I.C. The descriptors coded in N.C.I.C. include scars, marks, tattoos, medical information, jewelry, and dental information. All coded information must also be described in N.C.I.C. Codes must be entered accurately for comparison by the N.C.I.C. database to be effective in the possible identification of missing persons. She also trains New Jersey law enforcement in MP and UP N.C.I.C. coding as part of the New Jersey State Police Criminal Justice Information System Control Unit’s annual training.

Fontana is also a Case Manager for the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) which is the nation’s first online repository for MP and UP records. The system is comprised of two databases: the Missing Persons Database (www.findthemissing.org) and the Unidentified Decedents Database (www.identifyus.org). The databases are linked for simultaneous searching and matching of cases. These two databases are searchable by both law enforcement and the general public, allowing them to share information and work together to more effectively solve cases. Fontana is the NamUs Case Manager for the Unidentified Decedents Database in New Jersey and responsible for entering physical characteristics such as demographics, anthropological analysis information, dental information and coding, and distinct body features for all of New Jersey’s unidentified persons. She is also responsible, as a NamUs Case Manager, for the entry of all dental information and coding into the NamUs Missing Persons Database for New Jersey’s missing persons.

Fontana is a Fellow in the Physical Anthropology section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. She also is a member of the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT) Region 2, and has worked in the identification process of victims of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 in New York City, American Airlines Flight 587 on November 12, 2001 in Queens, New York as well as EgyptAir 990 plane crash on October 31, 1999 off Rhode Island.

 
 

August 28th, 2013

Kathleen D. Wilkinson, Esq., Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor, visits Pike County Bar Association 2013 CLE “The Verdict”

Milford -Pike Co. Bar Association (PCBA) President Elizabeth A. Erickson Kameen announced that Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson, Esq., attended Pike County on Wednesday, August 28th to participate in the Continuing Legal Education Program “The Verdict” sponsored by the Pike County Bar Association.

Photo caption: L to R: Tom Wilkinson, Esq., Immediate Past President Pennsylvania Bar Association; Matthew Creme, Esq., 2012 Pennsylvania Bar Association President; Kathleen Wilkinson, Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor; and Elizabeth Erickson Kameen, Pike County Bar Association President gather on porch of Hotel Fauchere at recent Continuing Legal Education program sponsored by the Pike County Bar Association.

The dynamic program was held at Hotel Fauchere from 8:30 am to 4 pm. Local distinguished panelists include: Pike County President Judge Joseph Kameen, Pike County Trial Attorney Randolph T. Borden, Esq., Pike County Chief Public Defender D. Benjamin vanSteenburgh III and former Pike Co. District Attorney Michael Weinstein, all of whom have trial experience, and facilitator, Elizabeth Erickson Kameen, PCBA President. Key points in movie are discussed including strategy in movie, application of Pennsylvania law, similarities and differences from movie and Pennsylvania law, attorney ethics in trial process.

Photo caption: L to R: The Hon. Judge Joseph F. Kameen; President Judge of Pike County, Randolph T. Borden, Esq.; Pennsylvania Trial Attorney, The Hon. Michael Weinstein; Former Pike Co. District Attorney, Criminal Defense Attorney, D. Benjamin vanSteenburgh III, Esq.; Pike County Chief Public Defender

The Community Foundation presentation was coordinated by Charitable Trust Course Planners, Duke Schneider, Esq. & Lara Anne Dodsworth, Esq. in partnership with Charles Barber, Executive Director Luzerne County Community Foundation; Kirk C. Mackey, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management; James Pedranti, Pedranti Consulting. LexisNexis joined the presentation with their Legal Research: The “How To’s” given by Tovah L. Kopan, Esq. Solutions Consultant, LexisNexis, Northern New Jersey and Troy Farrington, LexisNexis Territory Manager.

Photo caption: L to R: Charles Barber, Executive Director Luzerne County Community Foundation; Elizabeth A. Erickson Kameen, Esq.; Pike County Bar Association President and CLE Facilitator; James Pedranti, Pedranti Consulting

Photo caption: L to R: Elizabeth A. Erickson Kameen, Esq., Pike County Bar Association President and CLE Facilitator; Tovah L. Kopan, Esq., Solutions Consultant, LexisNexis, Northern New Jersey; Troy Farrington, Territory Manager, LexisNexis

 
 

July 12th, 2013

Pike County Bar Association Sponsored Dingman Delaware Little League Phillies Team 11/12 Year Old Boys Division Wins First Place League Championship

Milford, PA- Dingman Delaware Little League Boys Major League “Phillies” team of 11/12 year old boys won the First Place Trophy for the League under the guidance of Coach Glenn Wihlborg, Assistant Coach Anthony Scillia and coach assistant Guy Cuccio.

Photo caption: Dingman Delaware Little League First Place Champions Back row (L to R): Assistant Coach Anthony Scillia; Coach’s Assistant Guy Cuccio; Coach and Dingman Delaware Little League Vice-President Glenn Wihlborg; Middle Row (L to R): Brennon Wittekind; Zach Zazzi, Jose Falcone, Ian Berry, and Paul Kameen; Front row (L to R): Andrew Contreras; Harrison Wihlborg; Christopher Cuccio; Steven Johnson; and Zachary Scillia.

The winning “Phillies” team was sponsored by the Pike County Bar Association.

Through the Pike County Bar Association sponsorship of the league, team shirts were provided for a team in each division from T-Ball to Senior League along with a large scoreboard sign. The season started off with Paul Kameen hitting a homerun over the left field fence 232 feet. Zach Scillia delivered consistent solid hits each game and played an unstoppable short stop and pitcher. Brennon Wittekind played second base with great skill. Andrew Contreras played catcher, Christopher Cuccio pitched, Zach Zazzi played short stop, Jose Falcone played outfield, Ian Berry played outfield, Harrison Wilhborg played first base, Steven Johnson played third base and Paul Kameen played third base. The “Phillies” demonstrated team work throughout the season. The final game ended with a score of 11 to 1, Phillies on top.

 
 

June 28th, 2013

Pike County Bar Association Members Present $1,000.00 Donation To Challenger League Baseball And Assist The Players At A Recent Game In Bingham Park, Hawley, Pa.

Hawley, PA-The Challenger Division of the Wallenpaupack Little League now includes approximately twenty four very special athletes who play baseball every Saturday morning at Bingham Park. The league was started three years ago by Emily Cooper of Wallenpaupack High School as her senior project. Financial support has been provided by various groups, including the Pike County Bar Association, as well as the Hawley and Newfoundland Rotary Clubs. Each Saturday a different group comes to serve as individual “buddies” for each athlete. This week the team was assisted by the Judges and bar members of the Pike County Bar Association, and their families.

 


Photo caption: Left Top: Attorney Ron Bugaj runs to first base with his Challenger buddy while pitcher Judge Alan Cooper runs to get the ball. Right Top: Judge Fischer encourages the players at first base. Bottom: Pictured left to right, back row: Attorney Robert Bernathy, Pike County President Judge Joseph Kameen, Attorney James Albrecht, Magisterial District Judge Debbie Fischer, Magisterial District Judge Alan Cooper. Front row left to right: Payton Bernathy, Elizabeth Kameen and Paul Kameen, all volunteer "buddies" for the Challenger League game. Not in photo: Pike Co. Court of Common Pleas Judge Gregory Chelak, PCBA President Elizabeth Kameen, Attorney Ron Bugaj and Attorney Ronnie Bugaj Fischer

The Pike County Bar Association donated time and funding in the amount of one thousand dollars to The Challenger Division of the Wallenpaupack Little League at a recent game. Pike Bar President Elizabeth A. Erickson Kameen, Esq. praised the work of Emily Cooper for starting the league and also commended the dedication of Emily’s father Magisterial District Court Judge Alan Cooper to the league along with his pitching skills. Judge Cooper said “for the past three years the Pike County Bar association has underwritten the Wallenpaupack Little League Challenger Division that provides an opportunity for children with physical, mental/developmental and emotional disorders to participate in organized sports activity. An essential element of the program involves assigning each special athlete a “buddy” for the day, who will assist with whatever is needed for that child including mobility, emotional support, and most of all encouragement.” Cooper and two of his daughters, Emily and Tess, had ample volunteers. Elizabeth Erickson Kameen, the bar president was joined by several bar members and family members including Pike Co. President Judge Kameen who was seen throwing the ball with his assigned “buddy,” their children Dingman Delaware Little League members Paul and Elizabeth Nora Kameen, Pike County Court of Common Pleas Judge Gregory Chelak, Attorney Ron Bugaj and his daughter Attorney Ronnie Bugaj Fischer, Attorney Robert Bernathy and his daughter Payton Bernathy, Attorney James Albrecht. Pike County Magisterial District Judge Debbie Fischer was also on hand to assist with the game along with several other community members, friends, family and volunteers. Bar President Erickson Kameen thanked the members of the Challenger League for allowing the Pike Bar to share this important part of their lives while praising members of the Pike Co. Bar Association for making a difference in the day to day lives of so many people by their generosity of time and financial support to local community organizations.

 
 

June 14th, 2013

Pike Bar Awards Scholarships To Wallenpaupack Graduates

Wallenpaupack, PA -Wallenpaupack High School seniors with outstanding academic credentials each received a one thousand dollar scholarship from the Pike County Bar Association in a special award ceremony conducted by the Wallenpaupack Area School District High School. Pike County Bar Association President Elizabeth A. Erickson Kameen and former president, Anthony Waldron were on hand to make the presentations.

Photo caption: Pictured left to right:  Emily Rose Cooper, Brittany Guerrieri, Corey Schmalzle, and Andrew Barnett Present although not in photograph: Phillip Szostak, Rebeka Galeano, Nicole Bartell, Gihan Elashram, and Jasmin Gonzalez.




 
 

May 13rd, 2013

Pike Bar visits Wallenpaupack Middle School for Law Day

Hawley, PA-The Pike County Bar Association Law Day Committee members met with many of the Wallenpaupack Middle School Gifted Students on May 1st in celebration of Law Day. PCBA President Elizabeth Erickson Kameen and Law Day Chairpersons Attorney Shannon Muir and Attorney Elizabeth Burton provided the outline for the students to perform a mock trial at the school. To begin, the students were given a “legal primer” with basic information regarding the theme of “equality under the law” including how it applies to people based on race, gender, religion or otherwise. The attorneys addressed situations of discrimination and how the Constitution, its Amendments, statutes and case law apply. In addition, students learned about the importance of attorneys and judges in the legal system.

Photo caption: Left to Right:Sydney Colwell; Christopher Higgins; Bianca Ortalano; Wesley Conklin; Gavin Hearn; Thomas Lane; Samantha Feely; Daniel Diehl; Angela Hussung; Henry Gravina; Attorney Elizabeth A. Erickson Kameen, President Pike County Bar Association; Attorney Elizabeth Burton, Pike County Bar Association Law Day Committee Co-Chairwoman; Zoe Spaide; Anthony Ioppolo; Quinn Williams; Rachael Tirjan; Attorney Shannon Muir, Pike County Bar Association Law Day Committee Co-Chairwoman.

“The combination of fun and education made ‘Law Day 2013’ a successful, informative and innovative program for the students.” stated Kameen.“Public schools are at the heart of any community and the bar association is honored to contribute to Law Day awareness in our local schools.” Law Day Chairwoman Muir said that “few other professionals touch lives as teachers do and on behalf of the Law Day Committee we appreciate the opportunity to join those educators on Law Day.” As part of the program, Co-Chair Burton and attorney volunteers referred to the “Equal Protection Clause” of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution. Students and attorneys discussed discrimination from its most basic format such as selling identical candy bars to all boys for 70 cents while all girls pay $1.00 and discussing its fairness to complex issues of employment discrimination based on race, gender, etc. Students were supplied with “Constitution booklets” and pens in further celebration of Law Day.

Pike County Bar Association President Elizabeth A. Erickson Kameen commended Law Day Chairwomen Shannon Muir and Elizabeth Burton for their creative writing skills in developing the fictional case of “the Green-Eyed Blues.” The case centered around “Suzie Green Eyes” and “Principal McGrumps” and their disagreement over the Principal’s new rule that green eyed students couldn’t eat lunch on Fridays. Kameen praised additional attorney volunteers Henry Nardi, Matthew Galasso, Kelly Gaughan, Tammy Clause and Randy Borden for their willingness to help with Law Day.

Students enjoyed the opportunity to role play “Judge Fairness,” the “Court Crier,” “Attorney Allright” and “Attorney Shapiro” at “counsel tables” along with their clients “Suzie Green Eyes” and “Principal McGrumps.” The attorney volunteers guided the students in the legal process including selection of the jury foreperson, jury deliberation and the rendering of the verdict. After “deliberations,” the “jury foreperson” delivered the verdict by stating “We the jury find in favor of the Plaintiff Suzie Green Eyes and conclude that “Suzie Green Eyes” and her “Green-Eyed classmates” were being unfairly discriminated against by Principal McGrumps.” The students learned a lot through the process of working through this fictional case.

President Kameen thanked Wallenpaupack Middle School Principal Keith Gunuskey; Mrs. Argyro Paspalas, Gifted Support K-8 Teacher; and Mrs. Colleen Edwards, Career Education Coordinator for their commitment to education. “The Pike County Bar Association’s commitment to education in our community brings real life experience directly into the classroom,” stated Principal Keith Gunuskey as he invited members of the Pike County Bar Association to make Law Day an annual event at the school. He added “Our students welcome the opportunity to enhance their knowledge about all aspects of the law and we look forward to the expansion of the program next year to reach more students.” Mrs. Edwards thanked the Pike County Bar Association “for providing an opportunity for our students to be so engaged in learning about the law, in a practical and fun activity, how nice for them to interact with such positive role models and professionals.”

The Pike County Bar Association is committed to the advancement of legal education within the community.

 
 

May 3rd, 2013

Dingman Delaware Middle School Celebrates Law Day

Dingmans Ferry, PA- Pike County Bar Association members visited Dingman Delaware Middle School on May 1st in celebration of Law Day. PCBA President Elizabeth Erickson Kameen praised Law Day Chairpersons Attorney Shannon Muir and Attorney Elizabeth Burton for creating a fun and educational program for the 219 sixth grade students. Kameen said “public schools are at the heart of any community and the bar association is honored to contribute to Law Day awareness in our local schools.” Law Day Chairwoman Muir said that “few other professionals touch lives as teachers do and on behalf of the Law Day Committee we appreciate the opportunity to join those educators on Law Day.” As part of the program, Co-Chair Burton and attorney volunteers referred to the “Equal Protection Clause” of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution. Students were supplied with “Constitution booklets” and pens in further celebration of Law Day.

Photo caption: Left to right: Brian McCarthy, Dingman Delaware Middle School Vice-Principal; James Mitchell, Dingman Delaware Middle School Principal; Elizabeth Erickson Kameen, Pike County Bar Association President; attorneys and Pike County Bar Association members Elizabeth Burton, Co-Chairperson Pike County Bar Association Law Day; Matthew Galasso; Kelly Gaughan (Pike County Bar Association Secretary); Tammy Clause and Henry Nardi. Not pictured: Attorney Shannon Muir, Co-Chairperson Pike County Bar Association Law Day.

Pike County Bar Association President Elizabeth A. Erickson Kameen commended Law Day Chairwomen Shannon Muir and Elizabeth Burton along with attorney volunteers Henry Nardi, Matthew Galasso, Kelly Gaughan, Tammy Clause and Randy Borden. Attorneys discussed this year’s theme of “equality under the law.” Students discussed situations where groups of people have been treated unfairly or discriminated against based upon race, gender, religion or otherwise. The attorneys discussed the Constitution, its Amendments, statutes and case law. Students also learned about the role of attorneys and judges.

Students then broke into smaller groups where they were assigned roles to act out the “Case of the Green-Eyed Blues.” Students were arranged in the format of a courtroom with “Judge Fairness” in the center, the “Court Crier” to the side, “Attorney Allright” and “Attorney Shapiro” at “counsel tables” along with their clients “Suzie Green Eyes” and “Principal McGrumps.” The attorneys argued their case about unfair discrimination and equal rights because of “Principal McGrump’s Rule that Green-eyed students weren’t allowed to eat lunch on Fridays because he only likes students with brown eyes.” Each small group of students was guided in the legal process by an attorney volunteer. The “student juries,” each lead by a “student jury foreperson,” concluded that the fictional “Suzie Green Eyes” and her “Green-Eyed classmates” were being unfairly discriminated against by Principal McGrumps.

President Kameen thanked Dingman Delaware Middle School Principal James Mitchell and Vice Principal Brian McCarthy for their commitment to education. “Community involvement brings learning to life,” Principal Mitchell said as he welcomed members of the Pike County Bar Association. “This is an opportunity for our students to learn about the law, its origins and daily application.”

 
 

April 1st, 2013

Pike County Bar Association Receives CDD “Children’s Champion of the Year” Award

The Pike County Bar Association (PCBA), has been awarded this year’s Center for Developmental Disabilities of Pike County (CDD) “Children’s Champion Award” which was accepted by Pike Co. Bar Association President Elizabeth A. Erickson Kameen.PCBA was  honored  at the 15th annual “Chefs Do Dinner” annual event for sincere benevolence, dedication and advocacy for educational and therapeutic programs for children. The funds raised at this event are used for the programs and services which CDD provides to over 200 children and families in the local community.  Attorney Arthur Ridley, local humanitarian and community leader, was emcee for the event. Kameen said “he is highly regarded as elder statesman of the bar with a heart in all the right places. He knows the immeasurable value of children and that it is incumbent upon us to help wherever we can.”  He was applauded for keeping the children’s needs central in the evening’s festivities as he shared the heartfelt story of CDD’s early beginnings and its growth throughout the years.

Lisa Randazzo, CDD Developmental Director and Ann Gillerlane, CDD Executive Director, along with restaurant coordinator Sharon Daniels and the event committee orchestrated an evening of culinary delight for all with a wonderful selection of signature dishes from area restaurants. The “Chefs Do Dinner” event welcomed 21 area restaurants to the banquet hall at the Best Western at Hunt’s Landing in Matamoras, PA. They donated their time, money and staff to make their signature dishes for all attendees to enjoy. Guests visit each restaurant booth,  all contained within the Best Western’s large Grand Ball Room , to sample foods from all the various restaurants. To donate their time and expenses to prepare and serve food to 350 people particularly during these difficult economic times clearly demonstrates the measure of love our community  and restaurants have for children. Art Ridley said “please remember these restaurants throughout the year and patronize them when you can.” The restaurants include The Best Western Inn  at Hunt’s Landing for providing the grand banquet hall, seafood bar, coffee, facilities and staff; Balch’s Restaurant; Cakes & Scones Bakery; Calkins Creamery of Honesdale; Chang Mao Chinese Restaurant; Fratelli’s; Fretta’s Italian Food Specialties; Gia’s Gelato Café; Hotel Fauchere; Lord’s Valley Country Club; Peter’s Europa House; River Rock Inn; Riverview Inn; Riviera Maya; Sussex County Technical High School; The Fork at Twin Lakes; The Grotto at the Zaloom House; The Settlers Inn; The Warrier Café at Delaware Valley School; Two Rivers Grille; and, Waterwheel Café, Bakery & Bar.

Photo caption: Pictured L to R: Nick Peruso holding his 6 year old son, CDD graduate Gabe Peruso; the Hon. Gregory Chelak, Pike County Court of Common Pleas Judge; Attorney Chris Kimler; Attorney Stacey Beecher Chelak; Joseph P. Biondo, President, CDD Board of Directors; The Hon. Joseph F. Kameen, President Judge Pike Co. Court of Common Pleas; Attorney Elizabeth A. Erickson Kameen, President Pike County Bar Association (PCBA); Attorney Arthur K. Ridley, Master of Ceremonies; Attorney Kelly Gaughan, PCBA Secretary; Ann Gillerlane, CDD Executive Director; Attorney James Baron, PCBA Treasurer.

The evening’s Honoree, The Pike County Bar Association,  has been under the leadership of Elizabeth A. Erickson Kameen, Esquire for the last 12 years. Kameen was recently honored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association as the recipient for the  2013 Gilbert Nurick award for her commitment to the Pike County Bar Association.  The Nurick Award is presented to one of 27,000 PBA members who exhibits dedication and service to the leadership and promotion of the organized bar and its activities.  One innovation with the largest local impact was the formation of the Pike Co. Bar Association Charitable Committee.  Under the guidance of committee chairman Attorney Arthur K. Ridley the bar has been able to provide donations to numerous organizations.  Kameen stated “were it not for the fact that our bar is comprised of 86 attorneys  all of whom appreciate the need to give back to the community, we would not be receiving this award today.  An organization is only as good as its members.  We are fortunate to have many wonderful members who appreciate the value of giving back to the community. ”

Ann Gillerlane, CDD Ex.Dir., acknowledged the Children’s Champion Award Honorees, the Pike County Bar Association, whose members are “active leaders in our community and long time supporters of the CDD . We are very grateful for their compassion for children and support of our services.  It is the CDD’s privilege to honor the Bar Association tonight. It is through their generosity and support of our children that make it possible for CDD to provide our early intervention services.”  Eboni Wright, parent of CDD’s featured Annual Appeal Child Malachi Wright, shared her story of hope with the supporters of CDD during the dinner event. CDD works with the children and their family to create successful programs customized to fit each child’s needs and gifts.

As an additional  fundraiser at the dinner, raffle tickets were on sale throughout the evening for “The trip of a lifetime” making the winner eligible for a trip for two to the winner’s choice of numerous travel destinations including a World Series game, Stanley Cup or Hawaii.

Upon accepting the Children’s Champion of the Year award on behalf of the Pike Co. Bar Association, Kameen told the crowd of 350 people that “watching the children of CDD over the years bloom to their full potential has been our ‘Trip of a Lifetime’ and for that, we are grateful. We have had the unique opportunity to see lives change, to watch the positive growth and to see children transform and reach their own potentials. It is our honor and privilege to support to CDD.”

Thomas G. Wilkinson Jr., Esq.,  President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and Vice-President Francis X. O’Conner, issued a joint statement “on behalf of the 27,000 members of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, we are pleased to congratulate the Pike County Bar Association on being chosen for the 2013 Children’s Champion Award by the Center for Developmental Disabilities. The Pennsylvania Bar Association proudly recognizes the lawyers of Pike County who voluntarily lead and actively participate in efforts to improve their communities and better the legal profession and the justice system. Children are the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s greatest resource. We commend the CDD and the Pike County Bar Association for your outstanding efforts to improve the lives of children with disabilities. These children are, indeed, fortunate to have caring champions such as you.”

Kameen stated that the Pike Bar has supported many organizations including United Way, Community Outreach Program, Pike Co. Ambulance Squads and Fire Departments, Special Olympics, Safe Haven, Camp Cadet, Pike County Developmental Center, Pike Co. Humane Society, Pike County Historical Society, Dingman Delaware Little League, Babe Ruth Baseball, Dyberry Day Camp, Camp Spears Eljabar, Wounded Warrior, GAIT, Toys for Tots, Christmas gifts for Children and Youth, local libraries, Challenger League Baseball, Adult Literacy Program and numerous other organizations.

CDD holds  a special place in the heart of the Pike Bar as the first organization the bar supported through the initial efforts of the late Jack Linshaw, Esq.. Both CDD and the local bar have followed similar paths of growth over the years and as the need for children’s services increases, the bar’s willingness and ability to contribute has similarly increased. As these children grow and improve, the bar is motivated to give so that the work started by Jack Linshaw carries on.  Jack started the Pike County Bar Association tradition of providing a Christmas party each year for the Center for Developmentally Disabled children.  Jack would go around to each law office and collect a gift from each attorney or fifty dollars to go into the CDD Christmas party fund.  Originally, there would be 8 to 12 gifts needed, then 20, then 50, then 80, then 92 with each year setting a new record. In 2012, Attorney Tony Waldron, his wife Debby Waldron purchased and delivered 168 toys to CDD. For the last twenty years, the Waldron family has graciously carried on in Jack’s footsteps by taking trips to the toy store involving at least 8 overflowing shopping carts, numerous trucks and trips for transportation of the gifts to CDD and a lot of time and heart in selecting age and skill appropriate toys according to the suggested toy list provided by CDD.

Linshaw’s legacy continues as The Pike County Bar Association has provided CDD  an annual donation of $10,000.00 in December, an additional $3,000.00 for annual Christmas gifts for the children at CDD, an additional $12,000.00 in 2012 for construction of the “Art and Jane Ridley Outdoor Classroom,” annual $3,000.00 donation for Executive Chef Sponsorship of the Chefs Do Dinner where all dinner tickets are donated back to CDD to give to CDD families along with other contributions.  This year as a tribute to Jack G. Linshaw, Esq., the Pike County Bar will donate $15,000.00 for the Jack G. Linshaw, Esquire, Infant Care Room along with the Jack G. Linshaw Discovery Garden at CDD.  As President Kameen indicated in her acceptance speech: “ One man’s life has touched so many other lives in so many positive ways.  When we ask ourselves, how do we ever forget Jack…the answer becomes obvious…we don’t. Jack is one of the unforgettable ones in life.  How fortunate for us that this attorney’s life lead him to Pike County.”

PCBA also extends their sincere appreciation to all of the restaurants who volunteer their time and food to the CDD for the Chef’s Do Dinner event.  Without their generosity and commitment to the children in the program, this event could never occur.  Also, the Bar extends a special thank you to Tomas Duncan, Robert Knowles and Jay Asper for their contribution of efforts to prepare and present the audio-visual presentations  for the Bar and CDD at the dinner.  Their professional efforts made the presentations for the evening and their photography and film of the event a very special record of the event.

Ann Gillerlane, CDD Executive Director, stated that for more than 40 years, the Center for Developmental Disabilities of Pike County, Ltd. has provided educational, therapeutic, behavioral, and family support services for children with developmental delays and disabilities from birth to kindergarten age. Their grass roots beginning started with a Pike County long-time resident, Marian Almquist, who visited families and helped them access information and services. Milford Attorney Art Ridley and Jane Ridley have been involved with CDD from its early beginnings in a space provided in a church basement. Their dedicated involvement with CDD earned them the 2012 Children’s Champion of the Year Award.  CDD has grown along with the increased need for services in Pike County.  CDD now has its own building and through a donation from the Pike Co. Bar Association, has added an outdoor classroom in 2012 as a tribute to Art and Jane Ridley.

CDD has evolved into a multi-disciplinary program that averages serving  200 families a year in Pike County. At the Center for Developmental Disabilities, they provide licensed professional services including quality Early Education services and an Early Intervention program that follows Pennsylvania Department of Education Standards and curriculum guidelines.  Certified and licensed classroom teachers and licensed therapists  provide occupational, physical, speech and language therapies.  Experienced  family support staff work with complex family and cultural issues while trained and experienced behavioral support staff provide positive guidance for children as needed.

The mission of the Center for Developmental Disabilities of Pike County Ltd. is to provide early educational and therapeutic services for children with developmental delays.  CDD’s goal is to maximize each child’s potential by providing the opportunity for growth and development in a setting that meets individual needs and concerns. CDD is committed to providing quality early education services to children in Pike County and in supporting children with developmental delays and their families. They are community advocates for the children they serve and are committed to educating the community regarding the special needs of children in Pike County.

Congratulations to the Pike County Bar Association for receiving the Children’s Champion of the Year award. 

 
 

March 19th, 2013

Pennsylvania Bar President and Vice President visit Pike County Bar Association 2013 CLE

Milford-Pike Co. Bar Association (PCBA) President Elizabeth A. Erickson Kameen announced that Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) President Thomas G. Wilkinson Jr., Esq., and PBA Vice-President Francis X. O’Connor, will visit Pike County on Friday, March 22 to participate in the Continuing Legal Education Program “My Cousin Vinny” sponsored by the Pike County Bar Association. The lively program will be held at Hotel Fauchere from 8:30 am to 3 pm.

Local distinguished panelists include:
Pike County President Judge Joseph Kameen, Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin, Pike County Chief Public Defender D. Benjamin vanSteenburgh III and former Pike Co. District Attorney Michael Weinstein, all of whom have capital murder case experience, and facilitator, Elizabeth Erickson Kameen, PCBA President. The movie raises many legal and ethical considerations regarding a defense attorney’s role in setting forth a defense, permissible conduct by defense and by prosecution, strategy in movie, mistaken identity, application of Pennsylvania law and requirements to be approved as a capital defense attorney in Pennsylvania, a distinction held by vanSteenburgh and Weinstein, prominent criminal defense attorneys in Northeast Pennsylvania.

Pictured from left to right, PBA Vice-President Francis X. O’Connor and PBA President Thomas G. Wilkinson Jr., Esq.

Local businesses welcome the arrival of the PBA President and Vice President by contributing to gift baskets for these state wide dignitaries. Milford business contributors include John Longendorfer of the Golden Fish Gallery and Museum (Goldenfishgallery.com); Hotel Fauchere (www.hotelfauchere.com); Uniquely Yours, A Fine Food, Gift and Basket Company (uniquelyyoursgifts.biz); Susie’s Sweet Shop; The Forge Studio and Gallery; Fretta’s Italian Food Specialties; Irene’s Kitchen; Pike County Historical Society (Lori Streleki, Museum Director); and The Artisan Exchange (Cat’s Meow Milford Village collection). On behalf of the Pike County Bar Association, we appreciate the local business owners and craftspeople of our area for welcoming our state dignitaries.

 
 

March 19th, 2013

Pike County Bar Association 2013 Children's Champion Award Honorees

Milford, PA - Congratulations to the Pike County Bar Association (PCBA), this year’s Center for Developmental Disabilities of Pike County (CDD) “Children’s Champion Award” Honorees. PCBA is being honored this year at the 15th annual “Chefs Do Dinner” event for sincere benevolence, dedication and advocacy for educational and therapeutic programs for children. The funds raised at this event are used for educational programs and therapeutic services which CDD provides to over 200 children and families in the local community.

The bar association has been under the leadership of Elizabeth A. Erickson Kameen, Esquire for at least 12 years. Kameen was recently honored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association as the recipient for the 2013 Gilbert Nurick award for her commitment to the Pike County Bar Association. The Nurick Award, is presented to one of 27,000 PBA members who exhibits dedication and service to the leadership and promotion of the organized bar and its activities. During Kameen’s term as Pike Co. Bar Association President, one innovation with the largest local impact was the formation of the Pike Co. Bar Association Charitable Committee. Under the guidance of committee chairman Arthur K. Ridley, the bar has been able to provide donations to numerous organizations. Kameen stated “were it not for the fact that our bar is comprised of 86 attorneys all of whom appreciate the need to give back to the community, we would not be receiving this award today. An organization is only as good as its members. We are fortunate to have many wonderful members who appreciate the value of giving back to the community.”

Thomas G. Wilkinson Jr., Esq., President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and Vice-President Francis X. O’Conner, issued a joint statement "on behalf of the 27,000 members of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, we are pleased to congratulate the Pike County Bar Association on being chosen for the 2013 Children’s Champion Award by the Center for Developmental Disabilities.
The Pennsylvania Bar Association proudly recognizes the lawyers of Pike County who voluntarily lead and actively participate in efforts to improve their communities and better the legal profession and the justice system.
Children are the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s greatest resource. We commend the CDD and the Pike County Bar Association for your outstanding efforts to improve the lives of children with disabilities. These children are, indeed, fortunate to have caring champions such as you."

Pictured: Back row- James P. Baron, Esq.; PCBA Treasurer, D. Benjamin vanSteenburgh III, Esq.; PCBA Vice-President. Center row- Elizabeth A. Erickson Kameen, Esq.; PCBA President, Arthur K. Ridley, Esq., Kelly Anne Gaughan, Esq.; PCBA Secretary.

Front row- Jacoby Shrak and Taylor Merifield. Photo credit Thomas Duncan

Kameen stated that the Pike Bar has supported many organizations including United Way, Community Outreach Program, Pike Co. Ambulance Squads and Fire Departments, Special Olympics, Safe Haven, Pike County Developmental Center, Pike Co. Humane Society, Pike County Historical Society, Dingman Delaware Little League, Babe Ruth Baseball, Dyberry Camp, Camp Spears Eljabar, Wounded Warrior, GAIT, Toys for Tots, Christmas gifts for Children and Youth, local libraries, Challenger League Baseball, Adult Literacy Program and numerous other organizations.

CDD holds a special place in the heart of the Pike Bar as the first organization we supported through the initial efforts of the late Jack Linshaw, Esq.. Jack started the Pike County Bar Association tradition of providing a Christmas party each year for the Center for Developmentally Disabled children. Jack would go around to each law office and collect a gift from each attorney or fifty dollars to go into the CDD Christmas party fund. Originally, there would be 8 to 12 gifts needed, with each year setting a new record. In 2012, Attorney Tony Waldron, his wife Debby Waldron purchased and delivered 168 toys to CDD on behalf of the Pike Bar. For the last twenty years, the Waldron family has graciously carried on in Jack’s footsteps by taking trips to the toy store involving at least 8 overflowing shopping carts, numerous trucks and trips for transportation of the gifts to CDD and a lot of time and heart in selecting age and skill appropriate toys according to the suggested toy list provided by CDD.

Linshaw’s legacy continues in 2013. As a tribute to Jack G. Linshaw, Esq., the Pike County Bar Association will donate $15,000.00 for the Jack G. Linshaw, Esquire Infant Care Room at CDD along with Jack G. Linshaw Discovery Garden at CDD at the “Chefs Do Dinner” event Tuesday, March 19th at the Best Western, Milford. One man’s life continues to touch so many others as children reach new milestones each day at CDD. For more information about CDD, see http://cddkids.wordpress.com.

 
 

March 11th, 2013

Gaughan Sworn in as Delaware Valley Police Officer

Milford, PA - On March 8, 2013, Pike County President Judge Joseph F. Kameen swore in the newly appointed Delaware Valley School Police Officer Martin Gaughan. Officer Gaughan will be continuing to ensure a safe learning environment at the Delaware Valley main campus for students and faculty. He brings with him over 25 years of law enforcement experience from the Pennsylvania State Police and Pike County Office of The District Attorney's Detective Bureau. Not pictured: Pike Co. Bar Association Secretary and Family law attorney Kelly Gaughan, wife of newly sworn in school police officer Gaughan, said "it is reassuring to know that our community and schools are in safe hands."

Pictured left to right (back row) The Hon. Joseph F. Kameen, President Judge of Pike County; Martin Gaughan, Delaware Valley School Police Officer; Mark Moglia, Delaware Valley School Police Chief; (front row) Kayla Gaughan and Connor Gaughan.

 

February 20th, 2013

PCBA Donates Funds to the Pike County Historical Society

MILFORD, PA - The Pike County Bar Association presented a check for $600.00 on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 to the Pike County Historical Society. Kelle Hankins, President of the Pike County Historical Society and Lori Streleki, Museum Director, accepted the check on behalf of the museum. Additional information about the museum can be found in their newsletter "Columns," on the website www.pikecountyhistoricalsociety.org, or by contacting them:

  • Pike County Historical Society
  • 608 Broad Street • PO Box 915
  • Milford, Pennsylvania 18337-0915
  • 570-296-8126
  • email: pikemuse@ptd.net

The Museum Hours are as follows: 1 pm to 4 pm Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday or by appointment.
The museum encourages people to obtain a membership to the Pike County Historical Society in order to join in the preservation and enjoyment of our historic legacy.

Pictured Back row, left to right: President Judge Joseph Kameen; Pike Co. Bar Assoc. President Elizabeth A. Erickson Kameen; Attorneys: Lauren Sanders; Mark Moulton; Henry Nardi; Attorney Kelly Gaughan (Bar Assoc. Secretary); Michael Parker; Steve Guccini; James Baron (Bar Association Treasurer); Jeff Earlin; David Yoksza; Pictured second row, left to right: Anjelica Ruda, Esq.; Magisterial District Judge Alan B. Cooper; The Hon. Gregory Chelak, Pike Co. Court of Common Pleas Judge. Front row, left to right: Kelle Hankins, President Pike Co. Historical Society; and Lori Streleki, Museum Director

Pike Bar President Elizabeth Erickson Kameen praised the Pike County Historical Society "for its contribution and preservation of vital historical information. The museum has shared fascinating historical facts with the bar association over the years and in fact, Lori Streleki, the museum director, has been a presenter at The Pike County Bar Association Live Continuing Legal Education programs, most notably, the anatomy of the Herman Schultz murder case. The constant revitalization of the museum with its ever changing events and fundraisers has kept interest alive as they strive to bring history to life. We are proud of their hard work."

 

February 15th, 2013

Pike Country Girl Scouts Get Tour Of Pike Courthouse

Milford PA - Pike County Girl Scout Troop 52-696 from Dingmans Ferry received a detailed tour of the Pike County Courthouse on Monday, February 5, 2013. The Girl Scouts, all between ages 11 to 13 years of age were invited into the inner sanctum of the court room where lawyers, clients and witnesses are located during court hearings. The girls, while seated at counsel table or in the jury box were allowed to ask questions about court proceedings and related matters.

Pike County President Judge Joseph Kameen gave the Girl Scouts a tour of the Courtroom, Jury Room, Judge’s Chambers and prisoner holding cell areas. Judge Kameen also gave the girls a short history of the Pike County Court from the time the Courthouse was built in the 1870’s to the present. Included in this history was an explanation of the large increase in caseload over the last 10 years which has resulted in the Court conducting approximately 7,500 court proceedings each year, including many serious criminal and civil cases.

Certain traditions of the Court were also discussed including the tradition of the Courthouse bell located in the large belfry on the roof of the building. The Judge explained that the bell is only rung when a criminal defendant is given the death penalty by a jury. In such instances, the bell is rung 13 times immediately following the entry of the jury verdict.

Pictured Back row, left to right: Girl Scout Troop 52-696 Co-leader Jennice Llaurado, Pike Co. Bar Assoc. President Elizabeth A. Erickson Kameen, Deputy Sheriff George Volosin, The Hon. Joseph F. Kameen, President Judge, Deputy Sheriff Jack Flaherty, Attorney Mark Moulton, Girl Scout Troop 52-696 Leader Pam Zeh. Middle row, left to right: Nicole Ficker, Samantha Zeh, Kayla Bicskei, Leila Elaro, Lexie Llaurado, Olivia Nobile. Front row, left to right: Brianna Kiretchjian, Sierra Wood, Katie O'Krepka

Judge Kameen also highlighted several unique characteristics of Pike County including the fact that Pike County has had the highest percentage of population growth in the state for approximately 20 years. In addition, Pike County has the state’s highest percentage of people who live in private residential communities. In addition, the county has a high percentage of land owned by federal, state and local parks, forest land and hunting lands. Finally, the Judge explained that the county’s proximity to New York and New Jersey causes a significant number of out-of- state residents to come before the court on a regular basis.

Judge Kameen also highlighted the need for courtroom security through the Pike County Sheriff’s office under the guidance of Sheriff Phil Bueki and pointed out the security which was present even during the Girl Scout presentation.

This year, Girl Scout Troop 52-696 has partially focused on a government theme by visiting the court house, police station and hopefully the jail next. Other projects and field trips undertaken by the scouts this year include the start of a Sandy collection, a trip to Broadway, local camping, Split Rock Water Park, a Belle Reve skit for the Holidays, walking in the holiday parade, cleanup day at Promised Land State Park, Halloween dance, and making and giving out breast cancer awareness ribbons. Participation in some of these events helps the scouts earn part of two badges,” financing my dream,” and” citizen.” The scouts also meet every Monday and work on badges like trailblazing, healthy living, bullying, marketing, first aid, etc....

Following the tour, each Girl Scout was presented with an Award Certificate from the Pike County Bar Association in honor of their participation in the Courtroom tour. Pike Co. Bar President Elizabeth A. Erickson Kameen commended troop leaders Pamela Zeh and Co-Leader Jennice Llaurado for their active involvement and participation with the girl scouts. In addition, President Kameen praised the scouts for their dedication and hard work. As a former girl scout, Bar President Kameen fondly recalled her days as a girl scout. Within the Pike Bar, many female attorneys were also former girl scouts, cadets and/or brownies including Attorneys Leatrice A. Anderson, Stacey Beecher, Elizabeth Burton, Oressa P. Campbell, Tammy Lee Claus, Kelly Gaughan, Shannon Muir and Samantha Venditti. These attorneys join more than 59 million American women all of whom enjoyed Girl Scouting during their childhood, a number which continues to grow as Girl Scouts of the USA continues to inspire, challenge and empower girls everywhere according to the organization.

 

February 5th, 2013

Pike County Bar Donates to Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program

The Pike County Bar Association officers met with members of the Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program to present a check in the amount of $5,000.00 to assist the continuation of the adult literacy program. This donation helped WPALP meet the criteria of the 2012 Villaume Foundation grant of $5,000.00 in matching funds. The vision of the Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program is to support adults in their endeavors to function as literate and contributing members of society. Pike County Bar Association President Elizabeth A. Erickson Kameen commended the Literacy Program for their valuable contribution to the community. “The ability to read and write sets the foundation for people to function at their highest potential as an employee, as a mother or father and as a community member. The gift of literacy enables individuals to fully participate in society without suffering employment and other limitations. We appreciate the efforts of the adult students, their teachers and the members of the Pike Co. Bar Association who support the efforts of both.” Additional Adult Literacy information is located at Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program 1406 N. Main St. Honesdale, PA 18431; Phone: 570-253-3221

Pictured left to right: Elizabeth A. Erickson Kameen, Esq. Pike County Bar Association President; Attorney Kelly A. Gaughan, Pike County Bar Association Secretary; Attorney James P. Baron, Pike County Bar Association Treasurer; D. Benjamin vanSteenburgh III, Esq., Pike County Bar Association Vice President, Annette Petry, Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program; Jacci West, Executive Director Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program and Madeleine Coppola, Tutor Coordinator Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program.

 

January 21st, 2013

The Pike County Bar Association donates $10,000 to the Center for Developmental Disabilities

Milford, PA – Attorney Elizabeth Erickson Kameen, President of Pike County Bar Association has announced the donation of $10,000.00 to the Center for Developmental Disabilities (CDD) of Pike County. She stated “The Bar Association is grateful for the opportunity to support children with developmental disabilities and delays and to provide the much needed support to the children of our community.” She praised the bar association and its members for their continuing generosity in our community. “The generosity of our members when it comes to giving to the community is truly heartwarming” commented President Erickson Kameen.

The PCBA donated $10,000 to the CDD

The Pike Bar Association's contribution will be utilized for the CDD's innovative educational and therapeutic programs for children with developmental disabilities and delays ages 0-5. The Pike County Bar Association is an active community based organization which serves the lawyers, judges and the public of Pike County, Pennsylvania, by nurturing the highest professional and ethical standards for attorneys; providing continuing legal education; encouraging collegiality and assisting members in the practice of law.

Ann Gillerlane, CDD Executive Director, stated, "The CDD is honored to receive this extremely generous donation from the Pike County Bar Association (PCBA). It has been an extremely challenging year for us with budget cuts and delayed funding.” For more than 40 years, the Center for Developmental Disabilities of Pike County, Ltd. has provided educational, therapeutic, and family support services for children with developmental delays and disabilities from birth to kindergarten age.

For additional information on the Center for Developmental Disabilities of Pike County visit them online at www.CDDkids.org.

Photo credit from left to right: D. Benjamin vanSteenburgh III, Esq., Vice President Pike County Bar Association, James P. Baron, Esq., Treasurer Pike County Bar Association, Ann Gillerlane, Executive Director of CDD, Lisa Randazzo, CDD Development Director, Kelly Anne Gaughan, Esq., Secretary Pike County Bar Association, Elizabeth A. Erickson Kameen, Esq., President Pike County Bar Association.

January 2nd, 2013

PIKE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION GIVES JOY AT CDD CHRISTMAS PARTY

MILFORD, PA-The Pike County Bar Association (PCBA) sponsored the Center for Developmental Disabilities’ (CDD) annual Christmas party this week where Santa Claus delivered over 167 Christmas presents donated by the Bar Association. PCBA President Elizabeth A. Erickson Kameen, Esq. praised the bar association and its members for their continuing generosity in our community. “The generosity of our members when it comes to giving to the community is phenomenal” commented President Erickson Kameen. She added that “PCBA member Tony Waldron along with his wife, Debby Waldron, donated countless hours by personally shopping for the many great gifts and then making numerous trips to transport all the gifts to CDD for the children.” The gifts were purchased with funds from the Pike County Bar Association. The Pike County Bar Association has participated in the CDD gift giving program for many years under a program originally started and sponsored by the late Milford attorney and humanitarian, Jack Linshaw (a past PCBA President). The Waldrons took over the tradition after Jack Linshaw and have continued to purchase bar sponsored gifts for CDD through the Pike County Bar Association for the last 20 years. Executive Director Ann Gillerlane stated, "We are most grateful to the members of the Pike County Bar Association for the contributions they provide to the Center for Developmental Disabilities. Without their continued support CDD would not be able to continue to expand our programs and services to the entire community particularly during these tough economic times." "On behalf of our staff, our families and the children we serve, we thank the Pike County Bar Association for their generosity and continued partnership."

The PCBA sponsored the Center for Developmental Disabilities’ (CDD) annual Christmas party this week

Photo by Thomas Duncan

Photograph, Left to Right: Pike County President Judge Joseph F. Kameen; Attorney Elizabeth A. Erickson Kameen, Pike Co. Bar Association (PCBA) President; Attorney Kelly Gaughan, PCBA Secretary; Ann Gillerlane, CDD Executive Director; Not Visible behind beard in picture John Paul; Attorney James Baron, PCBA Treasurer; Attorney Elizabeth Burton, PCBA member; Attorney Arthur K. Ridley, Chairman of PCBA Charitable Committee and long time supporter of CDD; Attorney D. Benjamin vanSteenburgh, PCBA Vice President. Children in front pictured (from left to right) Taylor Merifield; Neve Aceveno and Emma Simmons.

Absent from photo: Debby Waldron, PCBA CDD shopper; Tony Waldron, Esq., PCBA CDD shopper/former PCBA President and Lisa Randazzo, CDD Development Director.

 

December 17th, 2012

The Pike County Bar Association Donates $20,000.00 to Local Food Pantries through United Way

MILFORD, PA - Pike County Bar Association (PCBA) President, Attorney Elizabeth Erickson Kameen, along with fellow attorney/officers Attorney D. Benjamin vanSteenburgh, PCBA Vice-President; Attorney James P. Baron, PCBA Treasurer; Attorney Kelly A. Gaughan, PCBA Secretary; and Attorney Elizabeth Burton, PCBA member, on behalf of the Pike Bar, presented a check this week in the amount of $20,000.00 to the United Way of Pike County to replenish Pike County food banks. President Erickson Kameen stated that “for the second year in a row, the bar association has donated $20,000.00 to United Way for immediate distribution to major food banks in Pike County to ease additional burdens placed on families during these difficult economic times especially throughout the holiday season. The generosity of the bar members in assisting to provide for the basic needs of our fellow community members is an example of how good communities pull together to help one another through difficult times. I am grateful for the Pike Bar efforts along with the United Way and the food banks for their combined efforts in the quest to alleviate hunger.”

(PCBA) President, Attorney Elizabeth Erickson Kameen, Attorney D. Benjamin vanSteenburgh, PCBA Vice-President; Attorney James P. Baron, PCBA Treasurer; Attorney Kelly A. Gaughan, PCBA Secretary; and Attorney Elizabeth Burton, employees from United Way

Catherine Capasso, Executive Director of the United Way explained that our local food pantries are running out of supplies to help families in need. Capasso further stated that the donated funds will be immediately distributed to the local food pantries.

“We are very grateful to the Pike County Bar Association for the generous donation and for their continued support of the community and the United Way of Pike County. Because of the current economic climate, many folks are facing financial hardship and are reaching out for help. Hunger is a growing problem that is not always visible. These funds will provide local food pantries with the vital resources they need to help our friends and neighbors.” stated Penney Luhrs, UWPC President.

“The Pike County Bar Association is a very generous supporter of the United Way of Pike County. We are very fortunate to have generous donors like the PCBA that allow us to carry on the United Way mission, which is to alleviate homelessness and hunger and to enrich the lives of others. We are proud to partner with an organization that looks out for the health and well being of others.” stated Catherine Capasso, UWPC Executive Director.

For more information regarding the Pike County Bar Association, please visit pikebar.com. For further information regarding the United Way of Pike County, please visit www.unitedwaypike.org, or contact Catherine Capasso, United Way Executive Director at 570-296-9980 or call toll free 888-306-6963. For further information about any of the agencies providing services in Pike County can be found at www.PikePaHelp.org.

 

July 23rd, 2012

Special Athletes play ball with the help of the PCBA

Wallenpaupack, PA - The Challenger Division of the Wallenpaupack Little League now includes twenty four very special athletes who play baseball every Saturday morning at Bingham Park. The league was started two years ago by Emily Cooper of Wallenpaupack High School as her senior project. Financial support has been provided by various groups, including the Pike County Bar Association, as well as the Hawley and Newfoundland Rotary Clubs. Each Saturday a different group comes to serve as individual “buddies” for each athlete. This week the team was assisted by the 13-14 year old Little League team coached by John Gilpin, as well as members of the Pike County Bar Association and their families.

The Pike County Bar Association :The Challenger Division of the Wallenpaupack Little League

Picture Caption:The Pike County Bar Association donated time and funding in the amount of one thousand dollars to The Challenger Division of the Wallenpaupack Little League at a recent game. Pike Bar President Elizabeth A. Erickson Kameen, Esq. praised the work of Emily Cooper for starting the league and also commended the dedication of Emily’s father Magisterial District Court Judge Alan Cooper to the league along with his pitching skills. The bar president was joined by several bar members and family members including Pike Co. President Judge Kameen who was seen running the bases his assigned “buddy,” their children Dingman Delaware Little League members Paul and Elizabeth Kameen, District Attorney Ray Tonkin, his wife Michelle and children Garrett and Grant, Attorney Kelly and Marty Gaughan, their children Kayla and Connor, Attorney Robert Bernathy, Attorney James Albrecht, Attorney Jason Ohliger and his son Avery. Wayne County President Judge Ray Hammil was also on hand to assist with the game along with several other community members, friends, family and volunteers. Bar President Erickson Kameen thanked the members of the Challenger League for allowing the Pike Bar to share this important part of their lives while praising members of the Pike Co. Bar Association for making a difference in the day to day lives of so many people by their generosity of time and financial support to local community organizations.

 

July 7th, 2012

Pike Bar Association Awards $12,000 in Scholarships

Milford, PA - The Pike County Bar Association (PCBA) awarded twelve scholarships to the Class of 2012. Twelve thousand dollars ($12,000.00) in scholarships, distributed in the amount of one thousand ($1,000.00) dollars each were presented to local high school seniors this week. On June 6, 2012, PCBA President Elizabeth Erickson Kameen, Esq. presented seven scholarships to Delaware Valley High School (DVHS) Seniors and on June 15, 2012 five scholarships to Wallenpaupack Area School District High School (WASD) Seniors. The scholarships are as follows:

PCBA Merit Scholarships (8 awards in the amount of $1,000.00 each) are awarded annually to eight students; four Delaware Valley High School Seniors and four Wallenpaupack Area School District Seniors. The scholarship is awarded to students who excel in English and Social Studies and who demonstrate leadership and citizenship.

The Pike County Bar Association Merit Scholarship | DVHS Recipients:

Andrew Corry
Drive and dedication whether on the tennis court (varsity), Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, AP Scholar with Honors, Mu Alpha Theta or a vast array of community organizations (including American Cancer Society Relay for Life Volunteer and more) brought this young man to our attention. Grandson of Milford attorney Duke Schneider, Andrew Corry has clearly stood on his own two feet exemplifying intelligence, versatility and strong leadership skills all of which will help him as he pursues his career choice of becoming a lawyer.

Amanda Dibble
Amanda Dibble has maintained high academic standards and received accolades and recommendations from numerous teachers and community leaders as a hard worker and a real go-getter. Amanda is involved in Health Occupations Students of America and bowling. She volunteers to give dance lessons and also volunteers at Bon Secours Community Hospital. Concern for others, integrity, ambition and sense of responsibility will serve her well in her chosen career path of nursing.

Amanda Hutchison
Driven, leader, intelligent, moxy and “stick-to-it-ness” are all qualities that helped Amanda in her service on the National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security in Washington D.C., DV News Producer and as a Senior Class Officer. Amanda Hutchison served as Senior Class Activities Coordinator, Student Council, Politics Club, Junior Historians, Jazz Band Ensemble, Broadcast DelVal (Producer/Director), political intern and American Cancer Relay for Life volunteer. Amanda’s hard work, intelligence and fortitude are reflected in all her many successful accomplishments.

Samantha Roa
Samantha Roa is a volunteer at the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Humane Society, Salvation Army along with countless other volunteer organizations. As a member of the National Honor Society, Junior Historians and Reading Team, school has definitely been a top priority to Samantha as reflected in her class rank. Through a strong sense of family, and her dedicated community service, Samantha remains a beacon of light for those around her.

The Pike County Bar Association Merit Scholarship | WASD Recipients:

Emily Kosmaczewski
Emily Kosmaczewski plans to attend a four year university for a career in engineering. A member of the National Honor Society, she has been active in the WAHS Players, band, choir and Science Olympiad. She is a library volunteer and studies dance.

Chrissa Roberts
Chrissa Roberts plans a career in the arts. She has been active in Science Olympiad, Environmental club, writing and fashion design.

Marley Miller
Marley Miller plans a career in psychology. She is a distance runner and is an active volunteer in Community Theater, church and Youth Advisory Committee.

Brittany Davis
Brittany Davis is pursuing a career in special education. A member of the National Honor Society, she has played field hockey, soccer, basketball and track and is an active community volunteer.

The William G. Rice Memorial Scholarship | WASD Recipient:

Laura Caserta
The William G. Rice Memorial Scholarship is presented in memory of Attorney Bill Rice. Bill is remembered by many as a gentle soul with a warm smile. Aside from his affable nature, Bill was a competent attorney with a loyal following. He had a twinkle in his eye and was a true friend to many. Known as a family man, Bill is survived by his wife and daughters. The Rice Scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates a lifelong interest in law. From second grade onward, Bill Rice knew he wanted to be an attorney. That love of law from childhood on can be found in Laura Caserta, the Rice Scholarship recipient. Caserta worked in a local magistrate’s office and courthouse and is a pre-law major. She excels in athletics (WASD softball) and academics yet still had time for Student Council and her job at Dutch’s Market.

The Arthur B. Siegel Humanitarian Scholarship | DVHS Recipient:

Matthew White
The Arthur B. Siegel Humanitarian Scholarship is presented in memory of Attorney Art Siegel. Pike County Bar Association members remember Art as a unique individual full of life and personality. He had a keen mind, quick wit, endearing personal warmth and a knack for creating situations that left bar members chock full of stories and memories for years to come. In recognition of his legal abilities, his humanitarian side, his compassion, his humor and charm, those memories are passed on to deserving students in Art’s name. This scholarship in the amount of $1,000.00 is presented to a student who demonstrates the most diversified interests along with possessing humanitarian interests as well along with a little something “extra” that sparks a thought of Art.

Our late colleague’s widow, Miriam Siegel, presented the scholarship to this year’s winner Matthew White. At the top of his class, varsity volleyball captain, High Honor Roll, Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society, Chorus, Orchestra, Intramural Fencing, Chamber Choir, Scholastic Bowl, History Bowl, and American Mathematics Competition, Matthew White still found time for countless community assistance projects including being a regular participant in Mission trips/community service in Columbia, South America where he brought joy to other communities by performing song, dance, violin and Spanish song solos.

The Matthew D. Blumberg Memorial Scholarship | DVHS Recipient:

Jennifer Siggia
On behalf of the PCBA, President Erickson Kameen stated “it is always a pleasure to award the next Scholarship in memory of Attorney Matthew D. Blumberg. We remember Matt as a well-respected and highly intelligent attorney, beloved colleague and friend to many. His memory will carry on through the recipients of the PCBA scholarship fund set up in his honor. This scholarship is awarded to students who express an interest in helping children and/or who have overcome difficult childhood issues.”

Blumberg Scholarship recipient, Jennifer Siggia, is the epitome of strength, selflessness and fortitude. She plans to pursue a career in the medical field. Involved in Peer Buddy, Future Business Leaders of America, Young Life, Glee Club, Student Council and AP classes, President Erickson Kameen commented that “Jen Siggia has demonstrated a life long interest in helping others. On behalf of the PCBA, we are proud of her accomplishments and wish her all the best as she embarks upon her college career.”

The Dr. Sidney L. Krawitz Scholarship | DVHS Recipient:

Brandon Angradi
PCBA President Erickson Kameen indicated that “The Dr. Sidney L. Krawitz scholarship in the amount of $1000 presented on behalf of the Pike County Bar Association in memory of a great community leader, past President of the Pike County Bar Association and most notably, past President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, is awarded to a student who excels in school, who exemplifies leadership and who truly stands above the crowd.”

Leadership comes in many forms whether athletics or academics. Captain of the varsity basketball team, all time leading scorer at DV, District 2 AAAA championship winner, AAAA State Tournament competition, United Way Day of Caring volunteer, Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society, American Mathematics Competition, Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, Athletic Leadership Council, National Student Leadership Conference in Washington D.C., Biddy Basketball volunteer, Girls Elementary School Basketball volunteer, Babe Ruth Softball volunteer, in the top of his class and future lawyer, the recipient of the annual Dr. Krawitz award is Brandon Angradi.

Bar President Erickson Kameen indicated that “our hats are off to an incredibly well-rounded and gifted group of students. On behalf of the Pike County Bar Association, congratulations and all our best wishes to the Class of 2012.

Photo Captions:

Photo 1 - From left to right: Brandon Angradi, Jen Siggia (Matthew Blumberg Scholarship recipient), Amanda Dibble, Andrew Corry , Samantha Roa, Attorney Elizabeth A. Erickson Kameen (PCBA President), Amanda Hutchison (in front), Matthew White, Mrs. Miriam Siegel(presenter)

Photo 2 - Pictured left to right: Class of 2012 Wallenpaupack Area High School Pike County Bar Association Merit Scholarship recipients Emily Kosmaczewski; Brittany Davis; Attorney Elizabeth Erickson Kameen(PCBA President), Marley Miller; Chrissa Roberts; and William G. Rice Memorial Scholarship recipient Laura Caserta.

 

April 25th, 2012

Pike Bar Association Receives Awards from the PBA

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) presented three Awards to the Pike County Bar Association during its recent 46th Annual Conference of County Bar Leaders, at the Marriott Lancaster at Penn Square, Lancaster. Local attorneys Elizabeth Erickson Kameen, PCBA President and Kelly Gaughan, PCBA Secretary, were in attendance to receive the awards.

The PBA recognized the local Bar for its community support, its educational programming for lawyers and its presentation of a Golden Anniversary Practicing Law Award. The Pike County Bar Association was one of only 25 local bar associations in Pennsylvania honored this year for sponsoring projects that improve the legal profession, justice system or community.

“The willingness of lawyers to step forward and voluntarily lead and participate in projects and programs that improve our communities and our legal system should be recognized,” said PBA President Matthew J. Creme Jr. “Through these awards, we shine a little light on their good efforts.”

LOCAL CHARITABLE EFFORTS
In November of last year, Attorneys Erickson Kameen and Gaughan presented a $20,000 check on behalf of the local Bar Association to United Way of Pike County to help replenish food banks in Pike County. During the holiday season, the association sponsored its annual Children’s Christmas party and donated gifts for children at the Center for Developmental Disabilities for Children and also provided separate funding for the center in excess of $15,000. In addition, the association sponsored a table at the CDD Chefs Do Dinner fundraiser and donated all the seats back to the center to allow parents of disabled children to attend the dinner. The Pike County Bar Association also sponsors numerous local scholarship programs, contributes to community volunteer organizations and aids families in distress.

CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS
The PBA also recognized the Pike County Bar Association for sponsoring legal education programs for local lawyers. In 2011, the local bar sponsored a full-day continuing legal education presentation with 17 live speakers. The majority of the speakers for the fast-paced live program were local judges and lawyers. President Erickson Kameen stated that the “PCBA is committed to providing ongoing legal education programs to enhance the knowledge and skills of local attorneys which in turn benefit the public by enabling local attorneys to remain current on the ever changing laws."

Local presenters included Personal injury attorney Charles Kannebecker, Esq.; The Hon. Gregory H. Chelak; Pike Co. Court of Common Pleas; The Hon. Joseph F. Kameen, President Judge of Pike County; Steven Guccini, Esq. and Oressa Campbell, Esq. (Dependency Law); Castle Law Doctrine presented by Pike County District Attorney The Hon. Raymond Tonkin,; D. Benjamin vanSteenburgh, III, Esq., Pike County Chief Public Defender; and The Hon. Michael Weinstein (former Pike Co. District Attorney); Social Security Disability Claims by Michael Parker, Esq.; and Divorce and Custody Overview in Pike County by Kelly Gaughan, Esq., Thomas E. Mincer, Esq.; Ron Bugaj, Esq.; and Ronnie Bugaj Fischer, Esq.; and President Elizabeth A. Erickson Kameen, Esq., CLE Facilitator. Out of area experts included Attorney Rebecca Dunn, Dr. Steven A. Weisblatt, Attorney Ellen Freedman and Attorney William McDevitt.

The association also recently sponsored a panel discussion on the movie “Lincoln Lawyer.” Last year the Association sponsored a similar discussion on the movie “Anatomy of a Murder.” Well known criminal defense attorneys Benjamin van Steenburgh, and former Pike County District Attorney Michael Weinstein, the Pike County District Attorney Raymond Tonkin and Pike County President Judge Joseph Kameen served on the panels.

LEGAL PRACTICE AWARD
In 2011, the local association also honored Attorney Sanford Beecher’s fiftieth anniversary of practicing law. Atty. Beecher was presented with Pike County’s first Golden Anniversary Award for consistently demonstrating high ideals of the legal profession. The PCBA also dedicated a large photographic portrait of Attorney Beecher made by local photographer Tom Duncan to hang on a wall in the courthouse in recognition of Atty. Beecher’s lifetime accomplishments.

LOCAL BAR JOURNAL
The Pike County Bar Association has been previously recognized for its publication of the Pike County Legal Journal.. The Journal is a weekly publication containing decisions of the Pike County Court, legal advertisements, articles, court calendar, listings of lawsuits filed, divorces granted, marriage licenses issued, deeds and mortgages filed, criminal sentences imposed and other matters of legal interest. More information on this legal publication is available at the Pike County Bar website at www.pikebar.com.

President Erickson Kameen who spearheaded the Journal project stated: “The publication of the Pike County Legal Journal has improved the stature of the bar association by leaps and bounds. It has proven to be a significant resource to the legal community. In addition, the public has access to all legal ads on line at no cost simply by visiting the website. A full subscription to the weekly Journal is available for $75 a year. Thanks to the support of the members of the Pike County Bar Association, the Journal is the most successful project ever taken on in the history of the local association. We are thankful also for the invaluable assistance of the Niki Jones Agency, a local company, who has assisted the bar association for years from creation of the bar association website to the design and weekly publication of the Legal Journal.”

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 to legal services; and serve the 28,000 lawyers who are members of the association. On behalf of the PCBA, President Erickson Kameen stated “we are grateful for the camaraderie of our members and are pleased to continue to expand the benefits provided to the community and our members by the Pike County Bar Association.”

Pictured left to right: Pennsylvania Bar Association President Matthew J. Creme, Jr., Esq., Pike County Bar, Association President Elizabeth A. Erickson Kameen, Esq.; Attorney Kelly Gaughan, Pike County Bar Association, Secretary; Thomas G. Wilkinson, Pennsylvania Bar Association President Elect; and Thomas V. Casale, Esq., County, Conference of Bar Leaders

 

April 25th, 2011

“LINCOLN LAWYER” AND PA BAR PRESIDENT VISIT PIKE COUNTY

Milford, PA - The Pike County Bar Association recently held a Continuing Legal Education program for area attorneys on aspects of criminal law and legal ethics. The CLE program held on Monday April 16 was also attended by the President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association who appeared and congratulated the local bar association for it significant accomplishments over the past several years. State President Matthew Creme, Jr. spoke at the CLE luncheon break to highlight the Pike County Bar’s major contributions to the community and to it members, including significant charitable contributions of local emergency organizations, educational programs, and scholarship awards. The Pike County Bar was recently recognized at a statewide Bar Assoc. meeting in Lancaster for its community based programs and commitment to improving the practice of law in the county.

President Creme commended the Pike County Bar Association for it generosity to the community in these difficult times. Included in those donations are $500 contributions to every county fire department and ambulance association in the ongoing “Help for Heroes Spring Relief Program;” $12,000 to the Center for Developmental Disabilities for the construction of an outdoor classroom dedicated to local benevolent citizens Arthur and Jane Ridley; contributions to local charitable organizations and food banks; and over $10,000 in scholarships to local students.

In addition to its commitment to the community, the local Bar association was lauded for providing services to its members including organizing and presenting live CLE presentations in Milford, sponsoring access to Lexis internet legal research programs without cost to its members, providing a web page for the Bar Association containing information to assist clients seeking lawyer access and publication of the Pike County Law Journal, a weekly publication with recent court cases, court filings, announcements of matters of importance involving state and local law practice, weekly court schedules and other matters of importance to the practice of law in the area. The Pa. Bar President also highlighted the efforts of Pike County Bar President Elizabeth Erickson Kameen in converting the local bar association from a non-involved local organization to a very active and dedicated professional organization committed to the enhancement of the practice of law and assisting those in need in the community.

President Erickson Kameen said that “without a strong base of membership support, the charitable and education programs would not be possible. Each CLE presenter has capital murder trial experience. I applaud each attorney’s service to the Pike Bar by sharing their vast knowledge, experience and expertise with fellow attorneys. “ The CLE program was based upon a 2011 movie named LINCOLN LAWYER, which dealt with a complex murder and assault case where the attorney is confronted with complex ethical issues and personal threat to himself and his family. Leading the discussion of the issues presented were several local individual involved in the practice of criminal law. Those individuals included President Judge Joseph Kameen, District Attorney Raymond Tonkin, Chief Public Defender and criminal attorney Ben van Steenburgh, and former District Attorney and current public defender and criminal attorney Michael Weinstein.

Photo Caption: PA and Pike Leaders Gather at CLE

Picture Caption:Pictured left to right: Pike Co. Bar leaders gather for CLE at Hotel Fauchere, Milford, PA. Pike County District Attorney Raymond Tonkin; President Judge Joseph F. Kameen; Pike Co. Bar Association President Elizabeth A. Erickson Kameen; PA Bar Assoc. President Matthew J. Creme, Jr., Esq.; former District Attorney, Public Defender and criminal attorney Michael Weinstein; Esq.; PCBA Secretary Kelly Gaughan, Esq.; and Chief Public Defender and criminal attorney Benjamin vanSteenburgh.

 

April 11th, 2012

Pike County Bar Association hosts CLE

Milford, PA- Pike County Bar Association (PCBA) President Elizabeth Erickson Kameen, Esq., announced a special presentation Movie and Continuing Legal Education program to be held on Monday, April 16, 2012, 8:30 am to 3:00 p.m. at the Hotel Fauchere in Milford, PA with 4 live presenters and a special guest, Matthew J. Creme Jr., Pennsylvania Bar Association President.

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 to legal services; and serve the 28,000 lawyers who are members of the association. Pennsylvania Bar President Matthew Creme has a true appreciation of the smaller bar associations and recently honored the Pike County Bar Association with three County Bar Recognition Awards for projects and programs undertaken by the local bar to improve the legal profession, justice system and community.

President Erickson Kameen stated that the PCBA is committed to providing ongoing legal education programs. Attorneys are given the opportunity to receive 4 ˝ hours of continuing legal education by attending this program with 4 live speakers including The Hon. Joseph F. Kameen, President Judge of Pike County; Pike County District Attorney The Hon. Raymond Tonkin; D. Benjamin vanSteenburgh, III, Esq., Pike County Chief Public Defender; and The Hon. Michael Weinstein (former Pike Co. District Attorney). Key issues at the seminar include criminal pre-trial preparation, trial preparation, pre-trial motions, capital murder trials, juror qualifications in capital murder cases and preparation for capital murder trial penalty phase.

To register for the event, go to www.pikebar.com.

 

April 6th, 2012

The Pike County Bar Association launches Help For Heroes Spring Relief Program

Milford, PA - On behalf of the Pike County Bar Association (PCBA), President Elizabeth Erickson Kameen, Esquire announced the launch of the Help For Heroes Spring Relief program where the PCBA is performing a county wide Spring Relief program to donate five hundred dollars to each volunteer fire and ambulance company across Pike County. PCBA President Erickson Kameen and PCBA officers Attorney Kelly Anne Gaughan, Attorney James Baron and former Pike County District Attorney Michael Weinstein, Help for Heroes Committee, were on hand to make the announcement to launch the program at the Milford Fire Department and the Milford Ambulance. As a fire department and ambulance volunteer, Mike Weinstein is familiar with the financial cut backs of these volunteer companies in the face of a slowed economy. Attorney Weinstein said that “these companies provide vital services to the community and it is important to keep them funded .”

On behalf of the PCBA, President Erickson Kameen expressed extreme gratitude to the members of the Pike County Bar Association for their constant dedication and generosity to the citizens of Pike County. “I am very grateful to the members of the Pike County Bar Association for the launch of their Help for Heroes program, their generous donations and their continued support of the community and those who provide vital lifesaving assistance here in Pike County. The current economic climate has left many organizations facing financial hardships. If you are able, please remember to be generous with your local fire and ambulance providers. The PCBA Help for Heroes program will continue to bring relief across the Pike County throughout spring.

For further information about The Pike County Bar Association can be found at www.pikebar.com.

Left to Right: Pike County Bar Association Secretary Kelly A. Gaughan Esq., Milford Fire Department President John Crespo, Milford Fire Department Assistant Chief Paul Nelson, Pike County Bar Association President Elizabeth A. Erickson Kameen, Esq., Pike County Bar Association Help for Heroes committee member Hon. Michael E. Weinstein, Esq., Milford Fire Department member Jim Teehan, Pike County Bar Association Treasurer, James Baron, Esq.

 

December 15th, 2011

PIKE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION GIVES JOY AT CDD CHRISTMAS PARTY

MILFORD, PA - The Pike County Bar Association (PCBA) sponsored the Center for Developmental Disabilities’ (CDD) annual Christmas party on December 13th, where Santa Claus delivered over 145 Christmas presents donated by the Bar Association. PCBA President Elizabeth A. Erickson Kameen, Esq. praised the bar association and its members for their continuing generosity in our community. “The generosity of our members when it comes to giving to the community is truly heartwarming” commented President Erickson Kameen. She added that “PCBA member Tony Waldron along with his wife, Debby Waldron, donated countless hours by personally shopping for the many great gifts and then making numerous trips to transport all the gifts to CDD for the children.” The gifts were purchased with funds from the Pike County Bar Association. The Pike County Bar Association has participated in the CDD gift giving program for many years under a program originally started and sponsored by the late Milford attorney and humanitarian, Jack Linshaw (a past PCBA President). The Waldrons took over the tradition after Jack Linshaw and have continued to purchase bar sponsored gifts for CDD.

Photo caption: Back row, From Left to Right Kelly Gaughan, Esq., PCBA Secretary; Not Visible in picture (Thomas Roew); Arthur K. Ridley, Esq., Chairman of PCBA Charitable Committee and long time supporter of CDD; James Baron, Esq., PCBA Treasurer; Elizabeth A. Erickson Kameen, Esq., President PCBA; Pike County President Judge Joseph F. Kameen

Front Row, From Left to Right: Lisa Randazzo, CDD Development Director; Ann Gillerlane, CDD Executive Director, holding beautiful infant Grace Colville; Debby Waldron, PCBA CDD shopper; Tony Waldron, Esq., PCBA CDD shopper and former PCBA President.

 

December 15th, 2011

ATTORNEY MICHAEL PARKER RECEIVES CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION FROM PIKE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

MILFORD, PA - Pike County Bar Association President Elizabeth A. Erickson Kameen, Esq. and PBCA officers James Baron, Esq., Treasurer and Kelly Gaughan, Esq., Secretary, award Attorney Michael Parker for his presentation on Social Security Disability claims at a recent PCBA Continuing Legal Education Program held the historic Hotel Fauchere in Milford, PA. Attorney Parker donated his time in order to present this valuable and educational seminar.

Attorney Michael Parker, a Board Certified Social Security Trial Advocate by the National Board of Legal Specialties, presented a seminar entitled the Beginner's Guide to Social Security Disability Claims. The seminar focused on the legal standard that the Social Security Administration uses to determine whether an individual is disabled. Attorney Parker also shared interesting anecdotes of his numerous years representing Claimant's before the Social Security Administration. He also shared techniques for success before the Social Security Administration. Attorney Michael Parker is with the law firm of Abrahamsen, Conaboy and Abrahamsen, P.C. with office locations in Milford, Scranton, Stroudsburg, Tunkhannock, Mount Pocono and Lords Valley.

President Erickson Kameen stated that the PCBA is committed to providing ongoing legal education programs. Attorneys are given the opportunity to receive 12 hours of continuing legal education by attending these bar sponsored programs throughout the year. PCBA President said “the success of our continuing legal education programs is due to volunteers such as Attorney Michael Parker. The Pike County Bar Association is fortunate to have live speakers at our educational programs including our local attorneys and judges.” For more information please call 1-570-296-5102 or visit them online at www.pikebar.com.

Photo caption: From Left to Right President Elizabeth A. Erickson Kameen, Esq., Pike Co. Bar Association; Attorney Michael Parker; James Baron, Esq., Treasurer PCBA; Kelly Gaughan, Esq.; Secretary PCBA.

 

December 15th, 2011

THE PIKE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS THE UNITED WAY AND LOCAL FOOD PANTRIES

Milford, PA - On November 22nd, Elizabeth Erickson-Kameen, Esquire and Kelly Anne Gaughan, Esquire of the Pike County Bar Association presented a check in the amount of $20,000.00 to the United Way of Pike County. Catherine Capasso, Executive Director of the United Way explained that our local food pantries are running out of supplies to help families in need. Capasso further stated that the donated funds will be immediately distributed to the local food pantries.

“We are very grateful to the Pike County Bar Association for the generous donation and for their continued support of the community and the United Way of Pike County. Because of the current economic climate, many folks are facing financial hardship and are reaching out for help. Hunger is a growing problem that is not always visible. These funds will provide local food pantries with the vital resources they need to help our friends and neighbors.” stated Tom Regenski, Jr., UWPC President.

“The Pike County Bar Association is a very generous supporter of the United Way of Pike County. We are very fortunate to have generous donors like the PCBA that allow us to carry on the United Way mission, which is to alleviate homelessness and hunger and to enrich the lives of others. We are proud to partner with an organization that looks out for the health and well being of others.” stated Scott Myer, UWPC Treasurer.

For more information regarding the United Way of Pike County you can contact Catherine Capasso, Executive Director at 570-296-9980 or visit their web site at www.unitedwaypike.org, or call toll free 888-306-6963. For further information about any of the agencies providing services in Pike County can be found at www.PikePaHelp.org.

Photo caption: From Left to Right Tom Regenski, UWPC Board President, Ron Collins, UWPC Board Member, Patrick Kiesendahl, UWPC Board Member, Kelly Anne Gaughan, Esquire, Secretary PCBA, Scott Myer, UWPC Treasurer, Elizabeth Erickson Kameen, Esquire, President PCBA, Tom Didato, UWPC Board Member, Penney Luhrs, UWPC Board Member, Mike Donlon, UWPC Board Member, Cara Stokowski, UWPC Board Member, Eric Hamill, Esquire, UWPC Board Member, Sue Robbins, UWPC Board Member

 

December 7th, 2011

ATTORNEY MICHAEL PARKER, A BOARD CERTIFIED SOCIAL SECURITY TRIAL ADVOCATE

Attorney Michael Parker, a Board Certified Social Security Trial Advocate by the National Board of Legal Specialities, presented a seminar entitled the Beginner's Guide to Social Security Disability Claims. The seminar focused on the legal standard that the Social Security Administration uses to determine whether an individual is disabled. Attorney Parker also shared interesting anecdotes of his numerous years representing Claimant's before the Social Security Administration. He also shared techniques for success before the Social Security Administration.

 

November 14th, 2011

PIKE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION CLE HOSTS SPECIAL PRESENTATION ON MENTAL ILLNESS

Milford, PA- Pike County Bar Association President Elizabeth Erickson Kameen, Esq., announced a special presentation by Steven A. Weisblatt, MD “ What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Mental Illness” as part of a full day live Continuing Legal Education program “Pike County Potpourri CLE 2011” November 18, 2011 at the Hotel Fauchere in Milford, PA with 17 live presenters. Dr. Weisblatt stated that “Not a week goes by in most law practices when one doesn’t have an interaction with a person with mental illness. Many potential clients suffer from an undetected, misdiagnosed or mistreated mental illness which affects their impulses, judgment and/or actions. In some, alcohol and other substance use / abuse can be an indicator of an unrecognized mental health problem. As well, many clients are mistakenly given psychiatric medicines which can actually cause criminal or other irrational behavior.

For example, up to 14% of people suffer from some form of Bipolar Spectrum Disorder. Believe it or not, 70% will be misdiagnosed! In 10% of cases, the person will need to see up to 7 clinicians over ten years to get a correct diagnosis… In fact, the high prevalence of mental health disorders and the frequency of misdiagnosis – let alone mistreatment - that is prevalent in the general population is even higher with people interacting with the legal system.

Most attorneys have experienced clients who have mental health problems which, if recognized, documented and, perhaps treated, can meaningfully assist themselves and their counsel in their case. This talk will assist attorneys to identify subtle symptoms of mental health disorders that may otherwise go undetected and fail to be considered in how the case should be handled. As well, attorneys will gain sufficient understanding about medications to determine if a drug, prescribed or not prescribed, to a client may have impaired judgment, limited impulse control or even produced poor judgment. This includes recognizing including whether or not a client should be evaluated for competency or capacity. Finally, discussion will include how a competent and well-written psychiatric assessment can be a powerful tool in achieving a favorable resolution for clients.”

Dr. Steven Weisblatt is currently Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Downstate Medical Center. In addition to being the author of the former "Clinician's Corner" Column in Bipolar Magazine, he has spoken widely in the US, Canada and Europe on the subject of accurate diagnosis and effective treatments. He has served as an expert consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice, the Attorney General of NY State, the New York City Department of Education, the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare and law offices throughout New York and Pennsylvania. Dr. Weisblatt maintains a private practice with offices in Pocono Lake, PA and New Rochelle, NY and is Board Certified in both General Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry.

President Erickson Kameen stated that the PCBA is committed to providing ongoing legal education programs. Attorneys are given the opportunity to receive 8 ˝ hours of continuing legal education by attending this full day program with 17 live speakers including local attorneys, judges, and out of state attorneys. Presenters include Personal injury attorney Charles Kannebecker, Esq.; The Hon. Gregory H. Chelak; Pike Co. Court of Common Pleas; The Hon. Joseph F. Kameen, President Judge of Pike County; Steven Guccini, Esq. and Oressa Campbell, Esq. (Dependency Law); Castle Law Doctrine presented by Pike County District Attorney The Hon. Raymond Tonkin,; D. Benjamin vanSteenburgh, III, Esq., Pike County Chief Public Defender; and The Hon. Michael Weinstein (former Pike Co. District Attorney); Lexis Legal Research for Lawyers by Rebecca Dunn, Esq.,; Social Security Disability Claims by Michael Parker, Esq.; Avoidance of Legal Malpractice (by attending this course, USI Affinity policyholders are eligible for a 5% discount on their professional liability insurance policy) by William McDevitt, Esq.; Records Management and Retention by Ellen Freedman, CLM, Law Practice Management Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Bar Association; and Divorce and Custody Overview in Pike County by Kelly Gaughan, Esq., Thomas E. Mincer, Esq.; Ron Bugaj, Esq.; and Ronnie Bugaj Fischer, Esq.. Pike County Bar Association President Elizabeth A. Erickson Kameen, Esq. with be the CLE Facilitator for the full day event. To register for the event, go to pikebar.com/cle-event.html

 

November 7th, 2011

PIKE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES FULL DAY OF CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION

Milford PA – Pike County Bar Association (PCBA) President Elizabeth Erickson Kameen has announced a full day event for continuing legal education for Pennsylvania lawyers on November 18th at the Hotel Fauchere in Milford. Eighteen live presenters will speak at the event including a host of state and local field leaders. Speakers include local personal injury attorney Charles Kannebecker, Esq. who will deliver a fast paced presentation on Personal Injury Overview covering a vast array of laws and recent legal decisions in this field.

The Hon. Gregory H. Chelak, Pike County Court of Common Pleas Judge will teach “Civil Practice & Procedure Overview “ emphasizing recent changes in civil law and how those changes relate to Pike County legal matters.

Steven A. Weisblatt, M.D. will teach the course” What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Mental Illness.”

The Hon. Joseph F. Kameen, President Judge of Pike County will teach “Criminal Practice and Procedure Overview in Pike County” including New directions in sentencing including County and State Intermediate Punishment (IP); Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD); Consolidated Arraignment, Plea and Sentence (CAPS); Recidivism Risk Reduction Incentive (RRRI); Presumption of State incarceration for sentences over two years; State Prison Boot Camp and new rules and forms for expungement;

Steven Guccini, Esq. and Oressa Campbell, Esq. will update attorneys on recent changes in the juvenile laws of Pennsylvania by instructing the class in “Dependency Law.”

The Hon. Raymond Tonkin, Pike County District Attorney; D. Benjamin vanSteenburgh, III, Esq., Pike County Chief Public Defender; and former Pike Co. District Attorney The Hon. Michael Weinstein will discuss changes in criminal law regarding the Castle Law Doctrine where a person’s home is their “castle” and may be protected under certain circumstances.

Lexis Legal Research coordinator Rebecca Dunn will teach “Lexis Legal Research for Lawyers” emphasizing time saving techniques along with methods to increase legal research skills.

Michael Parker, Esq. will teach a new course on Social Security Disability Claims to educate local bar members.

William McDevitt, Esq. will teach “Avoidance of Legal Malpractice.” USI Affinity policyholders are eligible for a 5% discount on their annual professional liability insurance policy by attending this valuable course.

Ellen Freedman, CLM, Law Practice Management Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Bar Association will present an informative hour entitled “Records Management and Retention” to educate attendees regarding how long certain files must be retained before those files may be destroyed.

Local family law attorneys Kelly Gaughan, Esq.; Thomas E. Mincer, Esq.; Ron Bugaj, Esq. and Ronnie Bugaj Fischer, Esq., will provide a lively discussion regarding Divorce and Custody Overview in Pike County including recent changes to the relocation laws and grandparent visitation rights.

Elizabeth A. Erickson Kameen, Esq., Pike County Bar Association President, will lead the day’s events as the CLE Facilitator. President Erickson Kameen noted that the Bar was fortunate to have a strong base of attorneys to assist with this annual program. All local presenters donate their time to the Pike County Bar Association to ensure the success of this event. This program is provided as a benefit to the members of the Pike County Bar Association. Non members may attend for $150.00 for the day. Eight and one half hours of CLE will be provided (6.5 substantive and 2 ethics). Complimentary breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages will be provided.

Pike County Potpourri CLE is scheduled for Friday, November 18, 2011 from 8:30 am to 5:35 pm at the Hotel Fauchere in Milford, PA.

For more information please call 1-570-296-5102 or visit us online at pikebar.com/cle-event.html

 
April 21st, 2011

PIKE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION'S LIVE CLE DEEMED A GREAT SUCCESS

Milford, PA - The Pike County Bar Association (PCBA) recently held a live Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program "Anatomy of a Murder" at the Hotel Fauchere in Milford, PA. PCBA President and program facilitator Elizabeth A. Erickson Kameen, Esq. indicated that the faculty, consisting of Pike County President Judge Joseph Kameen, Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin, Pike County Chief Public Defender D. Benjamin VanSteenburgh and Pike County Public Defender Michael Weinstein (former Pike County District Attorney) comprised a highly qualified group of capital trial attorneys. Under Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, Rule 801 requires an attorney to meet educational and experiential criteria before participating in a case in which the district attorney has filed a "Notice of Aggravating Circumstances," as in Capital Murder cases. In those cases, an attorney must be a Pennsylvania attorney in good standing, an active practitioner with 5 years criminal litigation experience and have served as lead or co-counsel in a minimum of 8 significant cases. A minimum of 18 hours of training relevant to representation in capital cases as approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board is required during the 3 year period immediately preceding the appointment. Vital training topics including the relevant law, pleading and motion practice, pretrial investigation, preparation, strategy, jury selection, trial preparation, presentation of scientific, forensic, biological and mental health evidence, ethical considerations and counsel's role throughout were topics addressed at the CLE.

Erickson Kameen thanked the presenters for sharing their expertise with fellow bar members. The movie "Anatomy of a Murder," shown as part of the Continuing Legal Education program, is based upon the novel written by John Voelker, the actual defense attorney in the 1952 Michigan case upon which the movie is based, where Lt. Coleman Peterson shot Mike Chenoweth, owner of the Lumberjack Tavern for the alleged rape and beating of Peterson's wife Charlotte. During the CLE presentation, the movie was stopped several times to allow for extensive discussion of key legal points along with similarities and differences between the movie and Pennsylvania law. Key portions of statutory law were dissected and discussed in an open forum. Former District Attorney Weinstein brought a unique perspective to the educational course by discussing the differences in his role as District Attorney versus his current position as Public Defender. The packed room of attendees listened intently as Judge Kameen and District Attorney Ray Tonkin reviewed factors considered in death penalty cases. Through extensive experience, Public Defenders VanSteenburgh and Weinstein offered information regarding mitigating factors in death penalty cases. Chief Public Defender D. Benjamin VanSteenburgh noted that in Pennsylvania, the finding of a mitigating factor would decrease the murder charge and therefore reduce the punishment time but would not allow for an outright dismissal of the charges as in the movie. In Northeast Pennsylvania, Attorneys VanSteenburgh, Weinstein and Tonkin along with Judge Kameen rank high relative to combined Capital Murder trial experience. The Pike County Bar Association praised these leaders for volunteering their time to perform a vital public service. PCBA President Erickson Kameen, Esq. indicated that "a great service is provided to the public by Continuing Legal Education of attorneys. In Pennsylvania, attorneys are required to take 12 hours of Continuing Legal Education each year. We are proud of the members of the Pike County Bar Association for their public service including providing and receiving education to remain current on the ever changing laws."

Photo caption: From Left to Right Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin, Pike County Chief Public Defender D. Benjamin VanSteenburgh, Pike County President Judge Joseph Kameen, Pike County Public Defender Michael Weinstein (former Pike County District Attorney)

 

April 12th, 2011

ATTORNEY SANFORD BEECHER HONORED FOR GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY OF LAW PRACTICE

The Pike County Bar Association honored Attorney Sanford Beecher for his 50th anniversary of practicing law at a testimonial dinner on Friday April 8, 2011 at Peter’s Restaurant in Shohola. Many local attorneys, members of Attorney Beecher’s family, co-workers of Attorney Beecher for the past fifty years and local dignitaries all joined in the celebration of Attorney Beecher’s noteworthy career.

Pike County Bar President Elizabeth Erickson Kameen presented Attorney Beecher with resolutions in recognition of his contributions to the legal profession, the bar association and the community from Representatives Michael Peifer and Rosemary Brown of the PA House of Representatives; from Senator Lisa Baker from the PA State Senate and Congressman Thomas Marino from the U.S. House of Representatives.

Attorney John Klemeyer presented a humorous and entertaining retrospective of his partner’s and friend’s career over the past many decades. Present at the testimonial dinner were his wife Sally Beecher and his five children: Sharon, Susan, Sanford III, Stacy and Sarah.
Bar President Elizabeth Erickson Kameen presented an award from the Pike County Bar Association which recognized Attorney Beecher for his dedicated service to clients of Pike County. Attorney Erickson Kameen stated that Attorney Beecher “has always been willing to help out with advice to any young lawyer who had the courage to ask. His kindness to others and willingness to always be there to pave the way for younger lawyers is the finest example anyone can set. He continues to practice law the way it was meant to be practiced having grown up in an era where a lawyer’s word was his bond.”

Erickson Kameen described Beecher, senior member of the bar, as the “Granddaddy of the Pike Bar and a remarkable man who captured the hearts and minds of an entire bar”. She said “the respect and admiration that this bar holds for you is immeasurable and it is with great honor that we celebrate your career and 50 years of actively practicing law in Pennsylvania. In those fifty years, you have seen the invention of the internet, the takeoff of social media from Facebook to Twitter, yet in spite of the change around you, you remain steadfast and grounded in your original principles which have acted like a guiding light to all those who have come after you. Personally and on behalf of the Pike County Bar Association, we take great pride in your accomplishments and look forward to many more years with you.”

The Resolutions from the State and Federal representatives highlighted Attorney Beecher’s long and dignified career and his consistent and continuing contributions to his clients and the local and state community and his commitment to the spirit of the law and the mission of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Attorney Beecher continues his practice of law as counsel of the Milford law firm of Klemeyer, Farley and Bernathy, formerly known as Beecher, Wagner, Rose and Klemeyer. The evening was organized by PCBA officers Attorney Elizabeth A. Erickson Kameen, President; Attorney Kelly Gaughan, PCBA Secretary and Chairperson of the event, Attorney James Baron, PCBA Treasurer and coordinated by Niki Jones Agency a local public relations and marketing firm.

Photo caption: Attorney Sanford Beecher receives honorary photographs commemorating his 50th anniversary of practicing law from Pike County Judges Joseph Kameen and Gregory Chelak. A photograph will be hung in the Pike County Courthouse in recognition of Attorney Beecher’s remarkable career.

 

December 17th, 2010

PIKE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION GIVES JOY AT CDD CHRISTMAS PARTY

MILFORD-The Pike County Bar Association (PCBA) sponsored the annual Christmas Party for Center for Developmental Disabilities’ (CDD) on December 8th. Santa Claus delivered over 147 Christmas presents donated by the Bar Association to the CDD children. The PCBA purchased many of their great gifts from the Firefly Toy Store in Milford which kindly provided a discount in honor of the cause. The Bar Association has participated in the CDD gift giving for many years under a program originally started and sponsored by the late Milford attorney and humanitarian, Jack Linshaw (a past PCBA President). The gifts were picked out by attorney Anthony Waldron and his wife, Debby. Those present for the party included Santa Claus; PCBA President Elizabeth Erickson Kameen; President Judge Joseph F. Kameen (former PCBA President); former PCBA President Tony Waldron; PCBA Secretary and CDD Board Member Attorney Kelly Gaughan; and Chairman of the PCBA Charitable Committee, attorney Arthur Ridley.

Photo caption: Pictured above are (Front row): Children: (L to R): Joshua Frye hugging his sister Amanda, Julia Rodriguez, Sarah Ferguson, Brayden Dix, Natalie Kresse.
(Back row): CDD Board Member Pat Meltzer; CDD Vice-President of Development, Diane Chudoba; CDD Executive Director, Ann Gillerlane; Santa (Not visible in picture - Tommy Roew); PCBA President, attorney Elizabeth Erickson Kameen; President Judge Joseph F. Kameen; PCBA Secretary and CDD Board member, attorney Kelly Gaughan, (Not photographed: PCBA Past President Anthony Waldron; and attorney Arthur Ridley, Chairman of the PCBA Charitable Committee, PCBA member, and long time CDD supporter.
Photo Credit: Terry Balton

 

December 7th, 2010

PIKE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES FULL DAY OF CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION

Milford PA – Pike County Bar Association (PCBA) President Elizabeth Erickson Kameen has announced a full day event for Continuing Legal Education for PA Lawyers on December 17 at the Fauchere Hotel in Milford. Fourteen live presenters including three judges will discuss 10 different subjects including personal injury, mortgage foreclosure , Pennsylvania Children’s Camp Law, Pennsylvania Divorce, Custody, Support overview, Criminal Practice including Intermediate Punishment Programs, Appellate tips, Bankruptcy pointers, Estate law, and Historical Crimes in Pike County.

President Erickson Kameen noted that the Bar was fortunate to have a strong base of attorneys to assist with this annual program. All presenters donate their time to the Pike County Bar Association to ensure the success of this event. This program is provided as a benefit to the members of the Pike County Bar Association. Non members may attend for $150.00 for the day. Eight hours of CLE will be provided (6 substantive and 2 ethics). Complimentary breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages will be provided.

The Pike County Potpourri CLE is scheduled for Friday, December 17, 2010 from 8:45 am to 5:20 pm at The Emerson House at the Hotel Fauchere in Milford, PA.

Fourteen program speakers include Attorney Charles Kannebecker "Personal Injury Overview;" The Hon. Gregory Chelak "Civil Practice and Procedure Overview in Pike County including Mortgage Foreclosure Changes in Pike County;" The Hon. Joseph F. Kameen, President Judge, "Criminal Practice and Procedure Overview in Pike County including Intermediate Punishment Programs;" Attorney Elizabeth Erickson Kameen, facilitator for "Lunch and Learn Multi-Topic Bounce About/Question/Answer Format; " with Attorney Ronnie Bugaj Fischer "Appellate Practice Pointers, Tips & Updates; "Attorney Ron Bugaj "Support Law Changes/Settlement Agreements, Tips and Updates;" and Attorney Mark Moulton “Bankruptcy Tips; “Estate Law” Attorney Sanford Beecher, Attorney John “Duke” Schneider and Attorney Lara Dodsworth; The Hon. Alan Cooper “Pennsylvania Children Camp Law and Other Issues;” Attorney Kelly Gaughan/Attorney Thomas E. Mincer "Divorce and Custody Overview in Pike County with role play scenarios;" and, Pike County Historical Society Executive Director Lori Strelecki "Historical Crimes in Pike County (presentation of facts/findings including artifacts such as guns/hanging noose, etc.)

For more information please call 1-570-296-5102 or visit us online at pikebar.com/cle.html

 

December 8th, 2010

PIKE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES FULL DAY OF CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION

Milford PA – Pike County Bar Association (PCBA) President Elizabeth Erickson Kameen has announced a full day event for continuing legal education for Pennsylvania lawyers on December 17th at the Fauchere Hotel in Milford. Fourteen live presenters including three judges will discuss 10 different subjects including: personal injury, mortgage foreclosure, Pennsylvania children’s camp law, Pennsylvania divorce, custody, support overview, criminal practice including Intermediate punishment programs, appellate tips, bankruptcy pointers, estate law, and historical crimes in Pike County.

President Erickson Kameen noted that the Bar was fortunate to have a strong base of attorneys to assist with this annual program. All presenters donate their time to the Pike County Bar Association to ensure the success of this event. This program is provided as a benefit to the members of the Pike County Bar Association. Non members may attend for $150.00 for the day. Eight hours of CLE will be provided (6 substantive and 2 ethics). Complimentary breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages will be provided.

The Pike County Potpourri CLE is scheduled for Friday, December 17, 2010 from 8:45 am to 5:20 pm at The Emerson House at the Hotel Fauchere in Milford, PA.

Fourteen program speakers include Attorney Charles Kannebecker "Personal Injury Overview;" The Hon. Gregory Chelak "Civil Practice and Procedure Overview in Pike County including Mortgage Foreclosure Changes in Pike County;" The Hon. Joseph F. Kameen, President Judge, "Criminal Practice and Procedure Overview in Pike County including Intermediate Punishment Programs;" Attorney Elizabeth Erickson Kameen, facilitator for "Lunch and Learn Multi-Topic Bounce About/Question/Answer Format; " with Attorney Ronnie Bugaj Fischer "Appellate Practice Pointers, Tips & Updates; "Attorney Ron Bugaj "Support Law Changes/Settlement Agreements, Tips and Updates;" and Attorney Mark Moulton “Bankruptcy Tips; “Estate Law” Attorney Sanford Beecher, Attorney John “Duke” Schneider and Attorney Lara Dodsworth; The Hon. Alan Cooper “Pennsylvania Children Camp Law and Other Issues;” Attorney Kelly Gaughan/Attorney Thomas E. Mincer "Divorce and Custody Overview in Pike County with role play scenarios;" and, Pike County Historical Society
Executive Director Lori Strelecki "Historical Crimes in Pike County (presentation of facts/findings including artifacts such as guns/hanging noose, etc.)

For more information please call 1-570-296-5102 or visit us online at www.Pikebar.com/cle.html


 

November 24th, 2010

PIKE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION WISHES A SPEEDY RECOVERY TO JAN LOKUTA

On behalf of the Pike County Bar Association, we wish a speedy recovery for Jan Lokuta. Well wishes may be sent to:

Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center
1000 East Mountain Blvd.
Wilkes Barre, PA 18711
Attn.: Jan Lokuta Room 536A
Phone: (570) 808-7300


 

October 1st, 2010

ATTORNEY BILL RICE COURT MEMORIAL

Milford PA - It is a long standing tradition of the Pike County Bar Association (PCBA) to honor a deceased member by holding a memorial service in court where members have an opportunity to share their memories. A transcript of the proceeding will be made and presented to the family. Attorney William G. Rice who passed away on August 28, 2010 at the age of 48 after a long and courageous battle with leukemia will be honored on Friday, October 8th at 2 p.m. in the main courtroom of the Pike County Courthouse, Milford, PA.

The event is open for the public to attend while the Pike County Bar Association members speak. PCBA President, Elizabeth Erickson Kameen indicated that the court proceedings will be conducted by Senior Judge Harold A. Thomson, Jr.; President Judge Joseph F. Kameen and Judge Gregory Chelak.

 

September 21st, 2010

Court Memorial Service For William G. Rice will be on Friday, October 8th, 2010 in the Main Courtroom at 2pm.

 

September 1st, 2010

BILL RICE
September 26, 1961 - August 28th, 2010

William G. Rice, 48, of Lakeville, formerly of Clarion, died on Saturday, August 28, 2010, in Dunmore.

Born on September 26, 1961, in Brookville, he was the son of Gordon J. Rice Jr. and Dorothy Reinsel Rice of Clarion.

Mr. Rice was married on February 14, 1989, to the former Janet Accetturo, who survives.

He was a graduate of Clarion Area High School and Gannon University in 1985. He attended University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX, and graduated from Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, PA in 1993. Prior to law school, he worked for National Fuel Gas in Erie. He was a law clerk for Judge Harold A. Thomson, Pike County; and was a Pike County Public Defender. He was a former County Solicitor, and a former partner with Arthur Ridley at Ridley & Rice. He was currently employed by Weinstein, Schneider, Kannebecker, & Lokuta.

Mr. Rice was a member of the Queen of Peace Church in Hawley, PA; and the Knights of Columbus Hawley Council #797. Also, he was a long time treasurer of the Greeley Volunteer Fire Department.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by his four daughters, Keyne Elizabeth, Margaret Mary, Natalie Rachel, and Emily Therese Rice at home; four siblings, Sherrie Smith and her husband, Brad, of Franklin, WI; Joseph Rice and his wife, Bonnie, of Clarion; Mary Jeanne Bagileo and her husband, Nick, of Laurel, MD; and Kathleen McElravy and her husband, Rob, of Shippenville; many beloved nieces, nephews, and godchildren; and his godmother, Helen Stahlman of Clarion.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Karen Marie Rice in 1961.

Callings hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, September 1, 2010, at the Robert V. Burns Funeral Home, 638 Wood Street, Clarion.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 2, 2010, in the Immaculate Conception Church in Clarion. Celebrants will be Rev. Peter Pilsner, Rev. William A. Rice, uncle, and Rev. Monty Sayers, pastor of the Immaculate Conception Church.

Interment will follow at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Clarion.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made in his name to: Greeley Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 99, Greeley, PA 18425; and the Queen of Peace Church, 314 Chestnut Avenue, Hawley, PA 18428.

 

August 19th, 2010

PIKE COUNTY JUDGE HONORED AS DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN

Milford - Pike County President Judge Joseph Kameen was recently honored as a Distinguished Citizen of his hometown, Forest City, at the town’s Old Home Week festival. The honor is bestowed upon a former Forest City resident, born and raised in town, who distinguishes himself in the world by is contribution to his community and profession.
The award was presented on July 31 in Forest City and was followed by a gala parade as part of the town’s annual Old Home Week celebration.
In addition to the Distinguished Citizen award, Judge Kameen was awarded the key to the city by Forest City Mayor Pat Coles. Pennsylvania Senator Lisa Baker participated in the award ceremony and presented a Proclamation from the Pennsylvania Senate congratulating Judge Kameen on the prestigious award and recognizing his exemplary citizenship. A Citation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives recognizing Judge Kameen’s success, sponsored by State Representative Jim Wansacz, was also presented. The Susquehanna County Commissioners also attended and delivered a Certificate of Recognition to the Judge applauding his many achievements.
Judge Kameen was an honors graduate of Forest City Regional High School and a cum laude graduate of both East Stroudsburg University and Dickinson School of Law. He is a former First Assistant District Attorney of Pike County, was solicitor to many local government bodies and has been President Judge of Pike County since 2004. Prior to entering law school, he was an English teacher at East Stroudsburg High School for five years.
Among the accomplishments cited by his home town in making the award were Judge Kameen’s law school awards including his participation on the school’s national Appellate Moot Court Team, his winning of the Edgar I. King Appellate Moot Court award in final arguments before U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmum and Pa. Supreme Court Justice Roberts. The Judge was also inducted into the school’s honorary academic societies including the Order of Barristers and the Woolsack Society.
Judge Kameen was also recognized for his success as a Prosecutor for the Pike County District Attorney’s office prior to his election as Judge and for his continuing contribution to his community by his leadership on the County’s Criminal Justice Advisory Board and his participation on the Prison Board.
Prior to ascending to the Bench, Judge Kameen was a practicing attorney in the Milford area for almost twenty five years, first with Krawitz and Ridley, then with Berger and Kameen and finally with Kameen and Erickson. During his career he was elected President of the Pike County Bar Association, was a member and later President of the Pike County Economic Development Corporation, was named a director of Legal Services of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and was an elected member and officer of the Pike County Republican Committee.
Judge Kameen was joined at the Old Home Week festivities by many members of his extended family, friends and fellow classmates from years ago.
Judge Kameen is married to Elizabeth Erickson Kameen, his former law partner and current President of the Pike County Bar Association. Ms. Erickson Kameen is also editor of the Pike County Law Journal. The Kameen’s reside in Dingmans Ferry.

 

July 06, 2010

TEN PCBA SCHOLARSHIPS PRESENTED

Pike County, PA - The Pike County Bar Association (PCBA) awarded ten scholarships to the Class of 2010. Nine scholarships in the amount of five hundred ($500.00) each and one in the amount of one thousand ($1,000.00) were presented to local high school seniors this week. On June 9, 2010, PCBA President Elizabeth Erickson Kameen, Esq. presented seven scholarships to Delaware Valley High School (DVHS) seniors. On June 18, 2010, Past PCBA President/Past Treasurer Anthony Waldron delivered three scholarships to Wallenpaupack Area School District High School (WASD) seniors. The scholarships are as follows:

PCBA Merit Scholarships (6 awards in the amount of $500.00 each) are awarded annually to six students; three Delaware Valley High School Seniors and three Wallenpaupack Area School District Seniors. The scholarship is awarded to students who excel in English and Social Studies and who demonstrate leadership and citizenship.

The Pike County Bar Association Merit Scholarship
DVHS Recipients: 1.) Caitlin Anderson 2.) Nicolle Herzog 3.) Gregory Callaghan
1.) In the top of her class, Caitlin Anderson is a member of Science Olympiad, Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science, Junior Historians, United Way Day of Caring, volunteer for multiple organizations and flute player, with Penn State University at University Park on the horizon.
2.) ”You will do well in school and you will go to college” are words that Nicolle Herzog’s mother instilled in her from an early age. She did and she is. Her great love of education is reflected in her class rank along with her membership in the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and National Society of High School Scholars. As Class Vice President, she demonstrates outstanding leadership skills which she will take with her to Bucknell University.
3.) As AP Class record holder, Mock Trial member, Captain Scholastic Bowl, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Junior Historian, Science Olympiad, Harvard Summer Program and volunteer for multiple wonderful organizations, The College of William and Mary will be fortunate obtain PCBA scholarship recipient Gregory Callaghan. His strong academic achievements coupled with his extracurricular activities including substantial community involvement make him an ideal candidate for this award.

The Pike County Bar Association Merit Scholarship
WASD Recipients: 1.) Diana Olsheski 2.) Amareia Moffett 3.)Justin Grosz
1.)
With a future in “Communications,” Diana Olsheski has an extensive history of community activities including teaching history to 4th graders, Ritz Company Playhouse, Vacation Bible School, Performing the National Anthem at Basketball games, Middle School Basketball concession stand, performing in the Paupack Methodist Bell Choir, dancing in senior citizens shows and performing in Dessin Animal Shelter benefit shows. Her multifaceted hobbies include voice, acting, dancing, painting, drawing, writing, exercising, and recreational sports. Her extensive community involvement and academic achievements will serve her well as she pursues her higher education.
2.) Amareia Moffett of the Charnett Moffett Trio is a professional keyboard bass player and singer. She plans to major in communications/journalism to pursue a career as a television journalist. Her dedication, enthusiasm and hard work will bring her and the community great rewards.
3.) Justin Grosz has diversified interests including national professional midget car racing, weightlifting, basketball and reading. He has a history of hard work, ingenuity and a desire to learn. He plans to pursue a degree in Economics at the University of Pittsburgh and to achieve great things.

The Arthur B. Siegel Humanitarian Scholarship (1 award)
DVHS Recipients: Sarah Gilmour
The Arthur B. Siegel Humanitarian Scholarship is presented in memory of Attorney Art Siegel. Bar President Erickson Kameen stated “We will never forget Art. His keen mind, quick wit and his endearing personal warmth will live on in our memories. In recognition of his legal abilities, his humanitarian side, his compassion, his humor and charm, we will pass those memories on to deserving students in Art’s name. This scholarship is presented to a student who demonstrates the most diversified interests along with possessing humanitarian interests as well. We also look for a little something “extra” that sparks a thought of Art. “
Our late colleague’s widow, Miriam Siegel, presented the scholarship to this year’s winner Sarah Gilmour. At the top of her class, Vice President of the National Honor Society, Student Council, Scholastic Bowl, Junior Historians, National History Day, National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist, Mu Alpha Theta President, Varsity Tennis, Science Olympiad, Art Club, AP Scholar Award, National Society of High School Scholars, Sarah Gilmour still found time for countless community assistance projects including Veteran’s Day Dinner, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Holocaust Project, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, United Way Day of Caring, and Big Sister program.

The Matthew D. Blumberg Memorial Scholarship (2 awards)
DVHS Recipients: Mira Lazaroff and Emily Guerra

On behalf of the PCBA, President Erickson Kameen stated “it is always a pleasure to award the next Scholarship in memory of Attorney Matthew D. Blumberg. We remember Matt as a well-respected and highly intelligent attorney, beloved colleague and friend to many. His memory will carry on through the recipients of the PCBA scholarship fund set up in his honor. This scholarship is awarded to students who express an interest in helping children and/or who have overcome difficult childhood issues.” This year, two recipients received this award.
The first Blumberg Scholarship recipient, Mira Lazaroff, has plans to pursue a degree in Child Psychology. President Erickson Kameen commented that “Mira Lazaroff has demonstrated a life long interest in helping children by her extensive community service work including the Port Jervis Book Buddy System and as a camp counselor. Involved in drama, AP classes, work with children at the JCC, Youth Group, Student Council, and Future Business Leaders of America, this bright and giving student is a perfect recipient for this award. Her hard work and dedication to her community and to her class are commendable including her previous leadership role as class advisor and class secretary. Mira Lazaroff will be a natural when it comes to helping children”.
The next Blumberg Scholarship recipient, Emily Guerra, “has an interest in Elementary Education, has played teacher from an early age, has a long history of assisting children from Genuine Alternative in Therapy Riding Stable to Youth Group and is Captain of Swim Team and Tennis. With a strong desire to excel in the field of Elementary Education, with an emphasis on sports and fitness, Emily Guerra clearly possesses those attributes for which the Blumberg Scholarship was established. On behalf of the PCBA, we are proud of her accomplishments and wish her all the best as she embarks upon her college career” commented PCBA President Erickson Kameen.

The Dr. Sidney L. Krawitz Scholarship (1 award in the amount of $1,000.00)

PCBA President Erickson Kameen indicated that “The first annual Dr. Sidney L. Krawitz scholarship in the amount of $1000 presented on behalf of the Pike County Bar Association in memory of a great community leader, past President of the Pike County Bar Association and most notably, past President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, is awarded to a student who excels in school, who exemplifies leadership and who truly stands above the crowd.”
National Honor Society President, Peer Mediation District Leader, Science Olympiad, Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society, National Merit Scholar Semifinalist, Varsity Scholastic Bowl Captain, Head of Junior Historians, Reading Team, Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science and community volunteer including Veteran’s Dinner, Senior Citizens’ Night, Holocaust Survivors’ Night, Food Pantry, Salvation Army and school beautification projects and overall number one student in class rank, the PCBA presented the first annual Dr. Krawitz award to Valerie Langberg.
Bar President Erickson Kameen indicated that “our hats are off to an incredibly well-rounded and gifted group of students. On behalf of the Pike County Bar Association, congratulations and all our best wishes to the Class of 2010. “

 

June 28th, 2010 

AWARDS PRESENTED TO PIKE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

Milford, PA – Recently the Pike County Bar Association (PCBA) received three County Bar Recognition Awards by the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) for outstanding projects and activities conducted by the Pike County Bar Association. Those notable projects and programs include Publication of the Pike County Legal Journal, formation of the PCBA Charitable Committee to further increase the charitable work of the bar, and commencement of the Live Continuing Legal Education Program reports Attorney Elizabeth Erickson Kameen, Pike County Bar Association President.


The 2010 awards were presented during the 44th annual seminar of the
Conference of County Bar Leaders in Lancaster, PA. Out of sixty judicial districts in Pennsylvania, twenty-six bar associations were honored for sponsoring projects and programs to improve the legal profession, justice system and community.

“Each year, thousands of Pennsylvania lawyers voluntarily invest their time and expertise in programs that improve our local communities and this ongoing commitment to service is to be commended,” said PBA President Clifford E. Haines. “It is our hope that the County Bar Recognition Awards will encourage even more legal professionals to take part in activities that make positive impacts on the lives of their fellow citizens.” According to President Erickson Kameen, “The generosity of the Pike County Bar Association members is extraordinary. Without the constant dedication, commitment and generosity of our members, these projects would not be possible.”

The first project recognized is the publication of the Pike County Legal Journal. The Journal is a weekly publication of the Pike County Bar Association containing decisions of the Pike County Court, legal notices including Sheriff Sales, advertisements, articles, court calendar, listings of lawsuits filed including mortgage foreclosures, custody, divorces filed, divorces granted, protection from abuse, property actions, marriage license filings, deed transfers, mortgages filed, criminal sentencing and dispositions and other matters of legal interest. More information on this legal publication is available at www.pikebar.com. “The publication of the Pike County Legal Journal has improved the stature of the bar association by leaps and bounds. It has proven to be an invaluable resource to the legal community as well as to the public by the publication and weekly availability of the legal ads on the Journal’s website at www.pikecountylegaljournal.com. The legal ads are available online at no cost to the public and a hard copy subscription to the full Journal (which contains legal opinions and all information referred to above) is available for $75 a year. President Erickson Kameen who spearheaded the project stated that “…through the full and unwavering support of the Pike County Bar Association, the Journal is the most successful project taken on the Pike County Bar Association in the history of the association.” Erickson Kameen credits the outstanding bar association members and the invaluable assistance of the Niki Jones Agency, a local company, who has assisted the bar association for years, from creation of the bar association website to the weekly publication and design of the Pike County Legal Journal.

The second project for which the Pike Bar has been recognized by the PBA is for the formation of the PCBA Charitable Committee to further increase the charitable work of the bar. President Erickson Kameen of the Charitable Committee along with Committee Chair Attorney Arthur K. Ridley and committee members Attorney Kelly Gaughan of Levy, Stieh and Gaughan; Attorney Stacey Beecher Chelak; Attorney Lara Dodsworth, and Attorney Rob Murphy attend to the charitable works of the bar including providing ten scholarships ($5,500.00 total awards) to local high school seniors, providing funds to the Mock Trial Teams of local high school teams, providing funds to the Community Outreach program to assist families experiencing a tragedy, providing a Christmas Party, gifts and separate funding for the Center for Developmentally Disabled Children in excess of $13,000.00 for the immediate past year, providing funding for the Pike County Historical Society for their invaluable assistance to the Pike County Legal Journal regarding past cases of historical importance or significance, American Red Cross and various other charitable funding of a local significance. President Erickson Kameen commented that “Local Attorney Art Ridley was chosen to guide the Charitable Committee. His common sense, compassion and wisdom along with his proven history make him a natural for the position. We are honored and thrilled to be under the guidance of Attorney Ridley.”

The third award given to the Pike Bar is for commencement of the Live Continuing Legal Education Program. This program was organized by Attorney Elizabeth Erickson Kameen, Pike County Bar Association President. “Without the assistance of Pike County Bar Association members, the program could not have been so successful. Nine bar members donated their time and skill for a full day seminar presented at the Tom Quick Inn. Those members who gave live presentations include: Attorney Charles Kannebecker-Personal Injury Overview; Judge Gregory H. Chelak, Civil Practice and Procedure Overview; President Judge Joseph F. Kameen, Criminal Practice and Procedure Overview; The Anatomy of a Legal Journal, Attorney and Pike County Bar Association President Elizabeth Erickson Kameen; Attorney Ronnie Bugaj Fischer, Appellate Procedure Nutshell; Attorney Ron Bugaj, Drafting Marital Settlement Agreements; Divorce and Custody Overview in Pike County, Attorney Kelly Gaughan and Attorney Thomas E. Mincer; and, Property Insurance Coverage/Business Commercial Defenses, Damages and Policies, Attorney Joseph R. Rydzewski. In the fall, the Hon. Michael Weinstein and Chief Public Defender, D. Benjamin VanSteenburgh will present a Continuing Legal Education program entitled “The Anatomy of a Murder” along with President Judge Joseph F. Kameen.
President Erickson Kameen commended the experience of the CLE instructors and their willingness to share their wisdom with others.

On behalf of the Pike County Bar Association, President Erickson Kameen stated “we are grateful for the camaraderie of our members and are pleased to continue to expand the benefits provided to the community by the Pike County Bar Association.”

 

December 17th, 2009 

PIKE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION GIVES JOY AT CDD CHRISTMAS PARTY

MILFORD-The Pike County Bar Association (PCBA) sponsored the Center for Developmental Disabilities’ (CDD) annual Christmas party on December 15th, where Santa Claus delivered over 106 Christmas presents donated by the Bar Association. The PCBA shopped locally by purchasing many of their great gifts from the Firefly Toy Store in Milford, which kindly provided a discount in honor of the cause. The Pike County Bar Association has participated in the CDD gift giving for many years under a program originally started and sponsored by the late Milford attorney and humanitarian, Jack Linshaw (a past PCBA member). The gifts were acquired by attorney Anthony Waldron; his wife, Debby Waldron, and their two adult children Dan and Vicky Waldron, and were purchased with funds from the Pike County Bar Association. Those present for the party included Santa Claus (see below); Pike County Bar Association President Elizabeth Erickson Kameen; former Pike County Bar Association President Tony Waldron; Attorney Arthur Ridley, Attorney Stacey Beecher Chelak, Attorney and Attorney Kelly Gaughan.

Pictured above are (Front row): Children: Taylor Hite and Noah Decker enjoying the party and gifts from Santa. Not visible in picture Dave Helms.

(Back): Diane Chudoba, CDD Vice-President of Development; long time supporter and Pike County Bar Association member, attorney Arthur Ridley; Pike County Bar Association member attorney Stacey Beecher Chelak; Pike County Bar Association member attorney Tony Waldron; CDD Board Member Pat Meltzer; attorney Elizabeth Erickson Kameen, Pike Co. Bar Association President; Susanne Wroblewski, CDD Board Member; Ann Gillerlane, CDD Executive Director holding Rosie Owen; and Pike County Bar Association member and officer attorney Kelly Gaughan, CDD Board Member (not in picture).

 

March 6th, 2007 

Memorial Service Scheduled

The Pike County Bar Association has scheduled a memorial service for The Honorable William N. Sanquilly, for Friday, March 23, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the main courtroom of the Pike County Courthouse.  You are cordially invited to attend the memorial service on behalf of William N. Sanquilly in recognition of his life and his contribution to the judicial system.   The attorneys and judiciary will share their memories of Bill.  Together we can reflect on Bill, our memories of him and how much he will be missed. 

The Honorable Joseph F. Kameen, President Judge, of Pike County will preside.  Elizabeth A. Erickson Kameen, President of the Pike County Bar Association will coordinate the memorial service.

All members of the Judiciary and Bar are invited to make comments in remembrance of The Honorable William N. Sanquilly of Hawley, who died unexpectedly Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007, in Blooming Grove.  He was Pike County Magisterial District Justice since 1987.

A transcript of the proceeding will be maintained and will be presented to the family following the memorial service.

It is not necessary to make pre-arrangements to speak at the memorial service.  However, if you wish to do so, please contact Elizabeth Erickson Kameen at 570-296-4070 or 570-828-6317 or by email to erickson2327@hotmail.com.

 

December 2006

CDD Christmas Party Gifts by Pike Co. Bar AssociationCDD christmas party

MILFORD-The Center for Developmental Disabilities held its annual Christmas party in December.  Santa Claus delivered over 100 Christmas presents donated by the Pike County Bar Association.  The Bar Association has participated in the CDD gift giving for many years under a program originally sponsored by the late Jack Linshaw, Esq.  The gifts were acquired by Anthony Waldron, Esq., and Debby Waldron and funded through the Bar Association.  Those present for the party included Santa Claus (see below); Five former Pike County Bar Association Presidents: The Honorable Joseph F. Kameen; District Attorney Douglas Jacobs; Steve Guccini; Tony Waldron and immediate past President Greg Chelak along with longstanding current President, Elizabeth Erickson Kameen.  Others present included long time supporter Arthur Ridley, Esq., CDD Board Member; and Attorney Stacey Beecher Chelak.   Pictured above are (Back):  Ann Gillerlane, C.D.D. Executive Director; District Attorney Douglas Jacobs; Attorney Elizabeth Erickson Kameen, Pike Co. Bar Association President; Attorney Arthur Ridley; Santa; Attorney Greg Chelak, Past Bar Association President; Attorney Stacey Beecher Chelak.   Front row:  Children enjoying party and gifts from Santa.  Not visible in picture Dave Helms.
 

scholarship photoMay 2006

The Pike County Bar Association awarded six scholarships to High School Seniors at Delaware Valley High School and Wallenpaupack Area High School that expressed interest in law and met criteria set by the Arthur B. Siegel Award and the Matthew Blumberg Award.

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