Committees handle vital governance and program operations on behalf of the LBA Board & Membership. To learn about Committee participation, please contact the chairpersons directly, or contact LBA Executive Director Steve Grumm.
Alternative Dispute Resolution:
Advances and supports the use of ADR (mediation and arbitration) as a viable alternative to litigation. There are cost- and time-saving benefits to the use of ADR which enhance its utilization in dispute resolution. Committee Chair: Dan M. Brookhart
Reviews and selects nominations to recognize outstanding contributions. The Service Award and the Achievement Award are given out annually, as is the Courthouse Employee of the Year. Committee Chair: Open
Works with the Executive Director on management and upkeep of the LBA's headquarters property. Committee Chair: Gregory Paulson
The Fee Arbitration Committee provides attorneys and their clients with the opportunity to resolve fee disputes through binding arbitration. If both sides agree to binding arbitration a panel of arbitrators consisting of three attorneys of the Lancaster Bar Association is assembled and the case is heard by the panel. A decision by the panel is binding on the parties. If both parties do not agree to arbitration, the case cannot proceed in arbitration, and must proceed in a different forum. Committee Chair: William E. Benner, Jr.
Oversees weekly publication of the Lancaster Law Review - the County's legal periodical of record. The Committee works closely with LBA staff to manage Law Review content, including legal notices, advertisements, judicial opinions, and other information of interest to the broader legal community. CommitteeChair: Eric S. Rothermel
Lawyer Referral Service:
Provides attorney referrals in response to public requests for legal services. LBA staff, who manage LRS, direct legal services seekers LBA Members who are signed up with LRS. LRS is not a pro bono service.
The LRS program works as follows: 1) potential clients pay a nominal fee to the LRS, 2) the responding attorney provides a 30-minute consult to that potential client at no additional charge, 3) after the initial 30 minutes, the responding attorney charges the client at that attorney’s rate, and 4) the responding attorney remits a set percentage of fees back to the LRS for the given client matter referred to that attorney. Committee Chair: Peter Kraybill
Long Range Planning:
Responsible for Association strategic planning on all matters impacting the Association's ability to carry out its mission, and LBA Members' well-being. Chair: Theresa M. Zechman
Recruits LBA Members for governance positions, develops annual nominee slates for elected positions, and advances those slates at Annual Meetings (or as otherwise needed). Chair: Robert S. Cronin Jr.
Develops and implements service projects for LBA Members. Projects may take shape as traditional pro bono work or more general community service engagements. The Committee closely communicates with the Lancaster Law Foundation. Chair: Elaine G Ugolnik
Women in the Profession (WIP):
Encourages women lawyers to become active in the WIP and the LBA, to meet their unique needs in the legal profession. The WIP welcomes all lawyers in its membership. The WIP values diversity and fosters inclusion in our legal practice and culture. The WIP promotes full and equal participation of women of all backgrounds in the WIP, the LBA, the legal profession and the justice system in general. WIP Committee Chair: Claudia Shank