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Christine H. McClure Receives Chancellor of the Bar Award

Posted on May 02, 2017

Christine (Chris) McClure

Christine H. McClure, shareholder and Board Secretary of Knox Law, received the 2017 Chancellor of the Bar Award from the Erie County Bar Association (ECBA) at its annual Law Day celebration on Monday, May 1, 2017. The award honors the ethics and integrity of attorneys who have been in good standing in the bar association for more than 30 years. She is the first female to receive this prestigious award.

Attorney McClure has over 40 years of experience as an attorney in our community, focusing on estate planning and administration, general business counsel, representation of borrowers or lenders in business transactions, and municipal and school district law.

Ms. McClure was the first female member of the Board of Directors at the Knox Law firm in its 56 year history, having been elected in 2010 and currently serving as Board Secretary. She was the first female Governor from Zone 7 on the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Board of Governors. She was also only the second female President of ECBA in its 127 year history, having served in that capacity in 2002. In 2012, she was appointed to the PBA's Task Force to recommend revisions to the Pennsylvania Code of Judicial Conduct by PBA President Thomas G. Wilkinson, Jr. She also served on a PBA task force regarding meeting the legal needs of middle-income people in 2007, the recommendations of which were approved by the PBA Board of Governors and House of Delegates as well.

In addition to these roles, she has many years of service to her local and state Bar associations and foundations, as well as to other community organizations, including Ball Pavilion, Springhill Retirement Community, Arts Erie (now Erie Arts & Culture), and others.

Law Day was first observed under President Dwight Eisenhower in 1958 and was established to remember and reflect on our rights and responsibilities as citizens. The ECBA's celebration of Law Day is designed to celebrate our Constitution and our country's legal heritage.

Past recipients of the Chancellor of the Bar Award from the Knox Law firm include Jackson D. Magenau (1968), M. Fletcher Gornall (1988), John M. McLaughlin (1993), Harvey D. McClure (2001), Wallace J. Knox, II (2003), William C. Sennett (2007), Harry K. Thomas (posthumously, 2012), and most recently, Michael A. Fetzner (2015).

We congratulate Ms. McClure and are proud to call her a colleague.

For more information, please contact Sarah Holland.