Fall Membership Dinner

Members and Guests are cordially invited to attend the Bar Association of Lehigh County Fall Membership Dinner Meeting on Thursday, November 12, 2015. We hope you will join us for a great evening of entertainment and saluting our veterans.

As a way of saying thank you to all BALC Members that have served in the United States Military, this event will be free of charge to those specific members. All BALC Veterans that attend the event will be recognized. Military Uniforms are encouraged but not required.

The Fall Membership Meeting will begin at 5:00 PM and is open to all current members. Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres will follow at 5:30 PM with dinner starting promptly at 6:15 PM in the Main Ballroom. The program will follow at 7:00 PM.


Jessica Buchanan and Erik Landemalm

Authors of Impossible Odds, a harrowing story of being kidnapped by Somali pirates, Jessica’s rescue by Seal Team Six, and her husband’s extraordinary efforts to help bring her home.

Jessica Buchanan was born in Portland, Oregon, but spent her formative years growing up outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2003, Buchanan moved to the greater Philadelphia area to pursue a degree in education and she began to travel during her summer months, teaching and volunteering in Honduras, South Sudan and Rwanda. She secured a student teaching position at an international school based in Nairobi, Kenya, The Rosslyn Academy and was offered a full time teaching position at that school, which she happily accepted. She later moved to Hargeisa, Somaliland, where she was offered a job as the education advisor for the Danish Demining Group, the mine action unit of the Danish Refugee Council.

Erik Landemalm was born outside of Stockholm, Sweden and did military service in a special unit of the Swedish Navy as a Conscript Sergeant. He attended the University of Örebro in Sweden and the University of Newcastle in Australia. In early 2006, after having already worked with Somalia issues for various Swedish government agencies, Landemalm moved to Somalia to manage a program working with prison reforms and to set up Human Rights standards for the judiciary sector in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland. While working in Somalia, he also spent time working on programs in Zimbabwe and Kenya for the Swedish NGO, Diakonia. In 2008, Landemalm started managing projects for AWEPA, a European Parliamentary association with a focus on helping the legislative institutions in Somalia, Puntland and the unrecognized self-declared state of Somaliland build up their capacity and infrastructural needs. For his projects achievements in Somaliland, the President of Somaliland, on behalf of their Parliament, gave his project a certificate of appreciation in June 2011.

Landemalm and Buchanan have relocated to the United States and are now living in the Alexandria, Virginia area where they continue their humanitarian efforts to ensure a better quality of life for those in need.


To RSVP contact Karen Mesch at 610-433-6204 x 12




For a refund of payment, all cancellations must be received 24 hours prior to the event. If cancellation is not received 24 hours prior, your credit card will be charged immediately following the event. If check, cash or card payment has been received prior to the event and cancellation is not received 24 hours prior to the event, there will be no refunds given.



 Sponsored by National Penn Bank

National Penn Bank

This is our annual salute to all our Veteran Members followed by a keynote speaker or entertainment.