Northampton County Bar Association Foundation Presents First Grant to Greater Valley YMCA Summer Camp Program


Northampton County Bar Association Foundation Presents First Grant to Greater Valley YMCA Summer Camp ProgramThe NCBA Foundation held its first fundraiser this May in partnership with the Greater Valley YMCA. David Akers was the featured speaker during the event. He also held a kicking clinic for the Bethlehem YMCA after school children. A grant was presented to the YMCA for their Summer Camp program in the amount of $18,626. Mike Santanasto, chair of the Foundation Committee, and Mary Beth Leeson, Executive Director of the NCBA, presented the grant to the YMCA during their Field Day on July 10th. Accepting the grant was David Fagerstom, YMCA CEO. Many of the children attending the YMCA Summer Camp program and Field Day were beneficiaries of the Foundation grant.

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NCBA Donates $62,500 to North Penn Legal Services

Michael P. Shay, Esq., NCBA President, presented a check in the amount of $62,500 to Victoria A. Coyle, Executive Director of North Penn Legal Services, Inc.

This is the fifth consecutive year in which the members of the NCBA has supported North Penn Legal Services by funding a full time staff attorney at NPLS. Over 150 low income individuals with civil legal needs will get the help they need.

The mission of NPLS is to provide civil legal representation to low-income people and ensure equal access to justice for all.

Nazareth High School Team Wins 2017 Mock Trial

19 high schools participated in the first round of the District Trials of the statewide Mock Trial Competition, held in the Northampton County Courthouse. Schools from Berks, Lehigh and Northampton Counties presented their cases in a fact pattern about arson. Two teams survived all of the elimination rounds and moved on to the final round – Pen Argyl High School and Nazareth Area High School. It has been many years since the final two teams have both been from Northampton County. The two teams battled it out in the courtroom and, in what was a very close competition, the Nazareth High School team was the winner. They will advance to the Regional Competition in Schuylkill County.

The Honorable Paula Ann Roscioli presided over the final round of competition. The jurors were members of the Northampton County Bar Association along with volunteers from the community.

This year’s competition was organized by the Northampton County Bar Association. The Chair of the competition was Joshua Shulman, Esq.

PBI CLE Program Scheduled for February 9, 2017, is rescheduled

The PBI CLE program originally scheduled for Thursday, February 9, 2017, has been rescheduled to Thursday, March 16, 2017. The program is “20th Annual Family Law Update.” Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. and the program will begin at 9:30 a.m.

“The Verdict” Sponsors Fundraiser for Band Member

“The Verdict,” a band made up mostly of NCBA members, sponsored an event to help one of its own. Bill Blake, lead singer of the band and NCBA member, has been battling recent medical challenges. The band played during “Lend Bill a Helping Hand Happy Hour” to raise funds for Bill and his family to help with medical costs during his medical fight.

The event was a great success with a rockin’ performance by the band, attendance by court personnel, NCBA members, family and friends and, wonderful well-wishes for Bill and his family. A good time was had by all!

Jill Kelly McComsey Wins the PA Legal Aid Network (PLAN) Excellence Award

Congratulations Jill!

NCBA member Jill McComsey, Esq., has been selected to receive the 2017 PA Legal Aid Network (PLAN) Excellence Award for her unending dedication to supporting North Penn Legal Services. Jill created “Raise a Glass to Justice” five years ago as a fundraiser for NPLS and has continued with leading both the continuation of the event and the fundraising each year.

The event is held each year at Melt in Center Valley. The band “Velveeta” from State College attends to provide the entertainment for the evening.


Five Attorneys Admitted to the Northampton County Bar

Five attorneys were admitted to the Northampton County Bar during the Ceremonial Admission on Friday, December 2, 2016. The Honorable Emil Giordano presided over the event. The new members admitted are: Abigail M. Bellafatto, Esq., Ryan A. Dornish, Esq., Sara A. Moyer, Esq., Brian Joseph Panella, Esq. and Lori Ann Stauffer, Esq.

2016 Holiday Hope Chest Drive a Huge Success

Once again, the Young Lawyers Division, with the help of the general membership of the NCBA, has succeeded in far surpassing the original goal of donations to the Holiday Hope Chest project. The NCBA ultimately donated over 600 Holiday Hope Chests to the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley for distribution to children all over the Lehigh Valley. Co-chairs Becky Kulik and Josh Fulmer organized over 25 young lawyers to help with the box wrapping, shopping and box stuffing events.

NCBA YLD has been participating in this project for close to 10 years and has donated over well over 3,000 boxes to children in the Lehigh Valley. For some children, this is the only present they received during the holiday season. We are proud to be the largest donor each year so that our children may have a joyous holiday season.

Michael Light, II Wins 2016 Pro Bono Award

Attorney Michael Light was presented with the NCBA Fair Share Pro Bono Award on December 2, 2016, during the Ceremonial Admissions event at the N.C. Courthouse. This award is presented to an attorney who goes above and beyond in their representation of clients through the North Penn Legal Services (NPLS) organization. Mike Vargo, NPLS Board member, presented Michael with the award for having volunteered to represent clients in four cases within six-months of registering for NPLS. Congratulations Michael!

Winegar Receives 2015 Pro Bono Award

Dennis W. Winegar, Esquire, received the 2015 Pro Bono Award, presented during the 2015 Ceremonial Admissions event in December. The Pro Bono Award is presented annually to the attorney who takes on a difficult case for a pro bono client, accepts 2-3 pro bono case referrals per year and, receives very high marks on client satisfaction surveys.