From Left, President Judge Nancy Butts, Christopher Kenyon, Joshua Ryan Wilkins, Judge Dudley Anderson, Heather Willis, Judge Richard Gray and Ashley Nichols.
The Lycoming County Court of Common Pleas sat, en banc, for a special session of court at which four new attorneys were admitted. Judges Nancy Butts, Dudley Anderson, Richard Gray and Marc Lovecchio presided over the admission of the new attorneys to practice before the “several Courts of the County of Lycoming.”
Each of the new attorneys, Christopher H. Kenyon, Joshua Ryan Wilkins, Heather R. Willis, and Ashley Brook Nichols, was moved for admission by a current member of the bar, who outlined the admittees' background and qualifications.
Although admission to the local courts is no longer required by law, Lycoming County has continued the tradition of an admission ceremony. The ceremony serves several purposes: to formally recognize the accomplishments of the newly admitted attorneys, to introduce the new faces of the bar to the legal community and to allow the Judges and Law Association officers the opportunity to introduce new attorneys to the services available to them through the Association and to offer opportunities to serve the community, as attorneys.
Christopher H. Kenyon has joined the McCormick Law Firm, and was introduced by David Bahl. He is a graduate of National University and California Western School of Law. Joshua Ryan Wilkins was moved for admission by Eric Ladley. He is a graduate of Temple University and Dickinson School of Law, and has joined the Steinbacher & Stahl law firm.
Joining the firm of McNerney, Page, Vanderlin & Hall is Heather R. Willis. She graduated from East Carolina University and William & Mary School of Law, and is also a member of the Virginia bar. Her admission was moved by Rebecca Reinhardt. Judge Gray's new law clerk is Ashley Brooke Nichols, who was introduced by Amanda Browning.
Each of the new attorneys was welcomed to the bar by the judges and by LLA President Mike Wiley, who also presented them with the volume Historical Sketches of the Bench and Bar of Lycoming County. Young Lawyers division chair Robert Cronin encouraged the new members to become active in the division. New and existing members were encouraged to participate in the Inns of Court, by Corey Mowrey.
All were invited to a reception held at The Olde Corner that followed immediately after the court session.