Timothy J. Colgan, 2019 George E. Hoffer Service to Youth Award
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At the 2019 Cumberland County Bar Association's Annual Meeting held January 31, 2019 Timothy J. Colgan received the 2019 George E. Hoffer Service to Youth Award in recognition of his dedication to encouraging youth to be active, responsible and positive participants in their school, work, community and family.

The Hon. Jonathan R. Birbeck, 2019 President of the Cumberland County Bar Association
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The Hon. Jonathan R. Birbeck was installed as President of the Cumberland County Bar Association for the year 2019 at the Cumberland County Bar Association's Annual Meeting held January 31, 2019.
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The Hon. Jessica E. Brewbaker - 2019 CCBA Stuart Award
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At the 2019 CCBA Annual Meeting held January 31, 2019 The Hon. Jessica E. Brewbaker , was presented the CCBA Stuart Award. The Stuart Award was named in memory of George and Henry Stuart. The membership and Board of Directors of the Cumberland County Bar Association bestow this Award to a member of the CCBA who has given time, energy, talent to efforts aimed at developing or securing educational, cultural, and social resources in the community at large.
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Cumberland County Bar Assoc.Lawyer Referral Service

Effective January 1, 2019 the Cumberland County Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service will not be available. For lawyer referrals call the Pennsylvania Bar Association at 717-238-6807 or 1-800-692-7375 (PA only). or go to:

2019 Diego's Early Bird Special
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Dear Diego Spring Fling Supporter: If you are looking for a last-minute tax deduction for 2018, please consider being a sponsor for our 2nd Annual Diego’s Spring Fling being held June 8, 2019. We are offering a 15% discount on the sponsorship packages through February 28, 2019. Our 2018 Spring Fling event was a great success and we just missed our goal of $30,000. This year, the committee has set its goal at $60,000 and we’re hopeful that with your continued support, we will reach our goal and maybe more. 2019’s Spring Fling will help the foundation support activities like the George E. Hoffer Second Change Scholarships; a second Courthouse Facilities Dog; Opioid and TOMS courts; MidPenn Legal Services; Pro Bono Legal Services Coordinator, Continuing Legal Education Programs, YLD’s Adulting!?! for the High Schools and future projects with other non-profits in Cumberland County. Attached is the sponsorship form with the discounted prices of the sponsorships and entry tickets to the event. If you have any questions about the event, would like to purchase entry tickets or raffle tickets, please contact me at 717-249-3166 ext. 101 or
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9th Annual Adopt-a-Family - 2nd Annual Decoration Extravaganza
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The Adopt-a-Family program allows local attorneys the opportunity to give back to the Cumberland County community by giving holiday gifts and some good cheer to the less fortunate among us. Gifts were delivered on December 19 to Safe Harbour and the Domestic Violence Shelter. See picture flyer attached.
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Becky H. Morgenthal, Bench Bar Service Award
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The 12th Biennial Bench Bar Conference was held on Friday, November 2, 2018, at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle Campus. The third Bench-Bar Service Award was presented to Becky H. Morgenthal, Executive Director of the Cumberland County Bar Association. This award is presented by the Cumberland County Bar Association to a member upon nomination, who has provided outstanding service to the legal profession; who brings credit to the manner in which justice is administered by effective contribution to the fostering of strong bench-bar relations. Congratulations to Becky Morgenthal.
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The Cumberland County Bar Foundation sponsored the first annual Diego's Spring Fling on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the Pheasant Field Bed and Breakfast. It was a grand celebration of Spring. Those who attended enjoyed a day of lively fun with an amazing menu, camaraderie, games of skill and chance, silent & live auctions, live entertainment, a $10,000 GRAND PRIZE and more. The event was co-sponsored by F&M Trust. Congratulations to the contest and auction winners. Thank you to all the sponsors and the donors for their support.
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Michael J. Pykosh - New Chairperson, Cumberland County Bar Foundation
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Michael J. Pykosh, Esquire is the new Chairperson of the Cumberland County Bar Foundation.

Juvenile Justice in Cumberland County viewing on WITF

JUVENILE JUSTICE IN CUMBERLAND COUNTY The complex issue of juvenile justice was the topic for two important programs on WITF TV on Friday, January 26. It featured a WITF Original Production Real Life Real Issues - Juvenile Justice. It’s was a behind-the-scenes look as it followed one juvenile offender through the system in Cumberland County. The production was followed by the PBS Frontline production of Second Chance Kids. It explored the fate of juveniles in prison for murder, following a landmark Supreme Court ruling.

2018 Fees - Cumb. Cty. Orphans' Court

Attached is the Fee Schedule for the Orphans' Court effective 1/1/18.
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Recorder of Deeds Fee Increase 11/30/17

Attached is the Recorder of Deeds Fee Increase Schedule effective 11/30/17
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Prothonotary Office Cumberland County Courthouse Filing Fees Increase

Due to increased costs assessed by the Commonwealth of Pensylvania, filing fees have increased. See the notice attached.
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CCBA Pro Bono Program Fundraiser
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The Cumberland County Bar Foundation has available for sale a Thermo-O-Tote that keeps food HOT or COLD; it can be used for grocery shopping, travel, work, parties, sports events or at the beach. The cost is $10.00. See the attached order form. All proceeds will support the CCBA Pro Bono Program. The Cumberland County Bar Foundation is a Not For Profit 501C3 organization.
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CCBA Toll Free Number Discontinued

As of 8/11/17 the Cumberland County Bar Association's (CCBA) toll free number was discontinued. To contact the CCBA please use 717-249-3166.

CCBF Juvenile Justice Project

In partnership with the Cumberland County Bar Association, the Cumberland County Bar Foundation and WITF produced a special series featuring the Juvenile Justice System with a focus on Cumberland County. Click on the "title" above to view a web page story.
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PSU Dickinson School of Law Clinic

The Penn State Dickinson School of Law Clinic..... The Community Law Clinic provides free legal representation for low income members of the community in the areas of family law (custody, support, divorce, domestic violence, adoption, etc.), as well as social security and supplemental security income claims, guardianships, special education, American with Disabilities Act claims, civil rights actions, etc. The Children’s Advocacy Clinic receives court appointments to represent children in dependency cases. The address for both law clinics is: 45 N. Pitt Street, Carlisle, PA 17013. The phone number for both clinics is: Phone: 717-243-2968. The Fax numbers are: Community Law Clinic Fax: 717-241-3596 and the Children’s Advocacy Clinic Fax: 717-241-3556

9/2/2016 Cumberland Law Journal ERRATUM

The Cumberland Law Journal front cover of Issue 36 was incorrectly numbered 35. The corrected copy is available to CCBA members online. Current law journal subscribers may request a corrected hard copy of the journal. Requests are to be emailed to the CCBA office at We regret any inconvenience this may have caused.

DIEGO---Courthouse Facility Dog
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The Cumberland County Bar Foundation (CCBF) is the proud owner of Cumberland County’s first Courthouse Facility Dog named Diego. He is a sweet two year old male Black Lab trained under the Susquehanna Services Dog (SSD) program. His main handler is Lindsay Dare Baird. Lindsay and Diego started their training on June 6, 2016. Diego began his work at the courthouse on June 20, 2016. The ongoing expenses for Diego will be raised by the CCBF through donations from our members and others, local veterinarians, animal food suppliers, etc. All CCBA members/animal lovers - please remember to make donations! Associated project costs will span Diego’s lifetime. The CCBF is excited to bring this new program to the Courthouse. Tony DeLuca, CCBF Chair

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The Cumberland County Bar Association was formed on January 26, 1901, and later incorporated on December 29, 1994. Its purpose is to promote education, fellowship, and ethics among local lawyers and to foster public awareness of the legal system and the individual's rights and responsibilities under our system.

Cumberland Law Journal Rate Increase eff. 1/1/16

At the Cumberland County Bar Association Board of Directors' meeting on December 8, 2015, the Directors voted to increase the advertising rates as of JANUARY 1, 2016. The rate adjustment basic cost for legal ads is $90 on the first 35 published lines and $2.50 per line thereafter. The rate information is on the attached file.
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CCBF 40-50-60 Years of Service Reception
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The Cumberland County Bar Foundation hosted the 40-50-60 Years of Service Reception on November 5, 2015 at the West Shore County Club. Attending the reception were all five 60 Year honorees (pictured): Louis F. Del Duca, Roger B. Irwin, Robert M. Frey, John E. Slike, and Charles H. Stone. Also honored were nine 50 Years of Service members and twenty-four 40 Years of Service members.

Dedication of Judge and Juror Chairs
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The Cumberland County Bar Foundation celebrated the re-dedication of the newly restored judge and juror chairs on September 9, 2015 in the Ceremonial Courtroom at the Old Cumberland County Courthouse. The historic chairs were purchased from I.W. Wisler & Son of Philadelphia in 1880. Roy Lindstrom of Carlisle performed the work on the antique walnut Eastlake chairs, even seeking the help of an antique pistol maker and making some of his own tools. The project was made possible from a matching contribution grant from the Shearer Family Fund of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities on behalf of R. Scott Shearer and by generous contributions from members and friends of the Cumberland County Bar Association.

Congratulations to Cumberland County Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division

During the American Bar Association Annual Meeting held this past November in Boston, the Cumberland County Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division (CCBA YLD) was recognized as one of the top three county bar YLD's in Pennsylvania. (Currently there are 52 county bar associations within Pennsylvania.) The CCBA YLD was specifically recognized for its Adopt-a-Family Program with the ABA noting the program benefited domestic violence victims that are homeless. The ABA suggested that this program be a benchmark used by the county bar associations throughout the United States. Also, the CCBA YLD was awarded recognition by the Pennsylvania Bar Association at the 49th Annual Seminar of the Conference of County Bar Leaders in Lancaster for community outreach programs - Adopt-a-Family and Law Day.

MidPenn Legal Services -- IRS Representation

Beginning February, 2015 MidPenn Legal Services will provide free legal representation for low-income tax payers who need legal assistance to resolve disputes with the IRS. This is not a tax preparation site. To obtain services please check or call 844-675-7829.
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Do you need an attorney?

The Cumberland County Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service program has been serving the needs of the community since 1997. The Cumberland County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service can connect you with an attorney’s office to schedule an initial consultation. Our attorneys are required to be licensed and actively engaged in the practice of law in Cumberland County (PA) and in good standing with the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and act in compliance with the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct. While our service does not directly employ attorneys or provide free legal advice, we would be pleased to match you with an attorney who is conveniently located and qualified to handle your specific legal matter. If you would like a referral to a Cumberland County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service lawyer, call the Cumberland County Bar Association office at : (717) 249-3166 or PA toll free 1-800 990-9108 (Extension 102) between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and ask for the Lawyer Referral Service. See the Lawyer Referral Services tab on the left for additional information.

Know your Credit Rights Campaign

The Cumberland County Bar Association (CCBA) along with the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA)and 32 other counties have launched a new credit rights public education campaign. As part of the campaign, the associations are distributing a free “Know Your Credit Rights” brochure with information on the new federal rules designed to help protect credit card users. A copy of the brochure is available from the CCBA office or on the PBA’s website at http:/ For the PBA News Release on the Campaign go to on the web: