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Press Release: Bar Association of Lehigh County Donates $14,800 to Non-Profits, Celebrates the 14th Amendment at Law Day Luncheon


Bar Association of Lehigh County
1114 West Walnut Street
Allentown, PA 18102
Contact: Erin Hudson Harding
Marketing Coordinator
610-433-6204 x 19


April 27, 2017



Bar Association of Lehigh County Donates $14,800 to Non-Profits, Celebrates the 14th Amendment at Law Day Luncheon

Allentown, PA (April 27, 2017)- The Bar Association of Lehigh County will hold its annual Law Day Luncheon on Monday, May 1 at 12pm at The Barristers Club. The event is held every year to celebrate the role of law in society and to cultivate a deeper understanding of the legal profession. The event encourages association members and guests to recognize the national day and to celebrate the rule of law and its contributions to the freedoms Americans enjoy.

Each year, the American Bar Association releases the official theme. The 2017 Law Day Theme is “The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy.” The 14th amendment is responsible for advancing the rights of all Americans, specifically civil rights legislation. It serves as a fundamental source for all advocates of justice.

Through its local Law Day Committee, active Bar Association members work together to review the ABA theme, plan the program on a local level and present talking points to attendees.  The Law Day Committee also gathers volunteer members from the association to spend the day discussing the legal profession with children at local schools to encourage future interest in the legal field.

At the Luncheon, The Liberty Bell Award will be provided to the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley. This award is presented every year on Law Day as a way to honor leaders in the community for contributing to the promotion of freedom under the law. The mission of the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley is to improve the quality of life by building a community in which all people have access to economic opportunity, the ability to pursue that opportunity, and a voice in the decisions that affect their lives.

Candidates who meet the criteria for the Liberty Bell award are reviewed and voted on by the Law Day Committee of the Bar Association of Lehigh County. Past recipients include Lehigh County CASA Program (2016),  Adrian Shanker, Executive Director of the Bradbury Sullivan LGBT Community Center (2015), League of Women Voters of Lehigh County (2014) and North Penn Legal Services (2013). Accepting the award for CACLV will be Alan Jennings, Executive Director of the Community Action Committee of Lehigh Valley.

The Community Service Committee of the Bar Association of Lehigh County will also be awarding three organizations, Allentown School District Foundation, Liberty Bell Museum and Allentown Art Museum with a check in the amount of $14,800 to be split among the three. The Community Service Committee of the BALC raises money throughout the year through the Annual Holiday Assistance Drive, which encourages BALC attorney members to donate generously to the cause. This year’s theme was “School Programs in Need”. Area non-profits were encouraged to apply in order to receive assistance due to recent budget cuts.

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Since the turn of the century, the Bar Association of Lehigh County has provided service and assistance to the area’s lawyers and the community. The association was officially chartered in 1905 “to advance the science of jurisprudence and the administration of justice, to encourage a thorough legal education, to uphold the honor and dignity of the bar, to cultivate social and professional association among its members, to assist the courts in the orderly and efficient administration of justice and to perpetuate the history of the profession and the memory of its members within this judicial district.” Today, the association maintains offices and meeting facilities at 1114 West Walnut Street in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Services include Continuing Legal Education, a Lawyer Referral Service, Lehigh Law Journal publication and The Barristers Club banquet and meeting facilities.

Member News: Easterly to Present Employment Law for Non-Employment Attorneys


Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A.
515 West Hamilton Street, Suite 502
Allentown, PA 18101
Contact: Cady J. Darago
Marketing Manager
(610) 391-1800 x 3216


April 24, 2017



Easterly to Present Employment Law for Non-Employment Attorneys

Allentown, PA (April 24, 2017) – Edward J. Easterly, a Member of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., will present a CLE program, “Employment Law for Non-Employment Attorneys,” on Wednesday, May 3, for The Bar Association of Lehigh County.

Ignorance of the law is no excuse.  In this seminar, attendees will learn the basics of employment law so they can provide basic guidance to clients on employment law-related topics.  It will tackle the basic elements of the employment relationship, including the concept of employment at-will, employment discrimination, and common legal issues in the hiring process.  Also discussed will be wage and hour issues, including classifying employees as exempt or non-exempt from overtime payments, and common wage and hour mistakes.  The handling of discrimination claims and proper documentation will be covered, as well.   The program will also touch on other key areas of employment law, such as non-competes, unemployment compensation, and reasonable accommodations.

Easterly practices before federal and state courts and labor and employment agencies, representing clients in matters related to the Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Pennsylvania Labor Relations Act, and  Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.  He assists clients, including universities, private businesses, municipalities, utilities, manufacturers, and non-profit organizations, with their employment matters.

Easterly advises clients regarding enforceability of employment agreements, wage and hour matters, discrimination policies, and covenants not to compete.  He drafts and revises employee handbooks/manuals, as well as employment and separation agreements.  Along with his fellow members of the Labor & Employment Group, he presents training programs to clients about many of these same issues, as well as harassment and social media in the workplace.

Easterly’s labor law practice focuses on representing management.  He has handled numerous unfair labor practice charges, unit clarification hearings, and grievance arbitrations for matters such as wage discipline and termination.  He counsels employers in union avoidance and has helped his clients successfully defeat union representation elections.  Easterly also assists public and private employers in negotiations during collective bargaining.  He has also represented a number of clients in interest arbitrations during the collective bargaining process.  Additionally, Easterly advises his clients in all aspects of strikes, lockouts, and mass picketing.  In addition to his private-sector clients, he represents municipalities with respect to their labor unions.

Easterly authors articles for local and national publications, as well as law alerts on new labor and employment law matters, and presents programs on these subjects to audiences including the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Easterly is a member of the Muhlenberg Board of Associates and is on the Executive Board of the Minsi Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America.  He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Villanova University School of Law in 2006 and his B.A. from Muhlenberg College in 2003.

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Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., is a full service, mid-sized business law firm with 130 attorneys in three offices in Bridgewater, NJ; New York, NY; and Allentown, PA. For more information, including a full practice area listing and attorney biographies, please visit

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SAVE THE DATE: Bench Bar 2017



September 22-24th 

Baltimore Inner Harbor

Royal Sonesta Harbor Court

550 Light Street

Baltimore, MD 21202


Book your rooms now for our Annual Bench Bar Conference. The Bench Bar Committee is hard at work designing Baltimore related CLE’s and great Social Events to include receptions, a Pub Crawl and an Orioles Baseball Game.


You can take advantage of our special room pricing 3 days before and 3 days after the conference if you want to extend your stay.


Contact the Royal Sonesta to Book your room:

Single and Double Rate $189

Triple Rate $209

Quad Rate $229

(Taxes and Service Charges not yet applied)


Call the hotel directly: Ms. Sheila Carey, In-House Reservationist, 1-410-347-9735 and use Group Code 1007LKLKKL)

Attorney Sign Up for Lawyer Referral Service

2017 Lawyer Referral Service

If you are interested in LRS participation, please return the Application along with the appropriate fee as noted below.   All checks should be made payable to: LAWYER REFERRAL SERVICE.

 2017 LRS Application

The registration fee for BALC MEMBERS is $75.00 per year; this includes membership on two (2) referral panels and subpanels. Each panel is bolded and you may choose as many subpanels as you like, covered under the panel price. You may elect to participate in more than two panels at an additional cost of $30 each.

1 PANEL:                              $75.00                   4 PANELS:                            $135.00

2 PANELS:                           $75.00                   5 PANELS:                            $165.00

3 PANELS:                            $105.00                 6 PANELS:                            $195.00


Modest Means Program and Application

Thank you for your interest in the Lawyer Referral Service. In addition to LRS, please consider volunteering to serve those less fortunate members of our community with your expertise by also enrolling in the MMP portion of the Referral Service.

North Penn Legal Services was established to assist the area’s low income families in legal matters. In order to provide relief to the families who do not qualify for their services, The Bar Association of Lehigh County implemented the Modest Means Program (MMP) a few years ago, which aids those families in a slightly higher financial bracket of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

We need your help to ensure that those who need access to justice get access to justice! By utilizing this program, our goal is to pay back our community with the highly specialized services only attorneys can render. Many citizens are in need of legal assistance and do not have the means necessary to hire an attorney. By volunteering to serve those less fortunate members of our community with your expertise, the Modest Means Program will help those citizens in achieving their legal goals.

Our program offers client services at reduced rates provided by our attorneys. The initial consultation fee is still  collected, as with all Lawyer Referral clients. However, any services rendered beyond the initial consultation, are at a reduced rate. The clients are screened by the LRS staff to determine eligibility. The client will also be instructed to sign a waiver stating their financial information is deemed true and accurate, however if the attorney determines otherwise, they will be charged regular attorney fees.

The cost for attorney members to enroll in the MMP program is $50 for the year.

Download the MMP application here.