Lawyers admitted on Dec. 3, 2016: From left: Susan Saba Roinick, President Judge Nancy Butts, Scott J. Werner, Jessica Feese, Judge Dudley Anderson, Wesley S. Speary and Judge Richard Gray.
On December 2, 2016, the Lycoming County Court of Common Pleas held a special session of court at which four attorneys were admitted to practice before the “several Courts of the County of Lycoming.” Judges Nancy Butts, Richard Gray and Dudley Anderson presided over the admission ceremony.
Each of the new attorneys, Susan Saba Roinick, Scott J. Werner, Jessica Feese, and Wesley S. Speary, was moved for admission by a current member of the bar, who outlined the admittees' background and qualifications.
Although admission to practice before the local Court 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.
Jessica Feese was moved for admission by George E. Lepley, Jr. and she is working at the Lepley, Engelman & Yaw law firm. She is a graduate of American University, Washington College of Law. Susan Saba Roinick's admission was moved by fellow Lycoming County Court of Common Pleas law clerk Laurel Fox. She graduated from Washington & Lee Law School and is working for Judge Butts. Wesley S. Speary is employed by North Penn Legal Services and is a graduate of University of Pittsburgh School of Law. John Person moved his admission. Scott J. Werner's admission was put forward by fellow assistant district attorney Nicole M. Ippolito. He graduated from Widener University School of Law.
After the individual petitions were presented, Deputy Prothonotary Lenora Georges administered the oath to the four admittees.
Each of the new attorneys was welcomed to the bar by the judges and by LLA President Robert Cronin, who also presented the attorney with the LLA history volume Historical Sketches of the Bench and Bar of Lycoming County. Young Lawyers division chair Corey Mowrey encouraged the new members to become active in the division, and also to participate in the American Inns of Court. John Pietrovito spoke on the importance of providing pro bono service to the poor of Lycoming County.
All were invited to a reception held at The Old Corner that followed immediately after the court session.