Bar Association of Lehigh County
1114 West Walnut Street
Allentown, PA 18102
Contact: Erin Hudson Harding
610-433-6204 x 19
April 27, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.