VIENNA - The Trumbull County Bar Association honored several of its members for their years of service and others who have helped the association through their work.
The annual awards banquet and installation of officers was held recently at Avalon Inn at Squaw Creek.
Honored for 25 years of service were Elizabeth Bernard, Elise Burkey, Susan Collins, Thomas Letson, Charles Morrow, John Pico, Jeanette Plesich, Edward Smith and Patrick Wilson.
Honored for 10 years of service are Jami Bishop, Enzo Cantalamessa, and Marty Nosich.
The President's Award, which recognizes an individual for outstanding achievements and accomplishments that have benefited the bar association, was presented to attorney Daniel Thomas.
Thomas told the members to always keep their legal integrity and represent your client the best that you can.
"Remember to be fair and honest because that is what this practice is all about. We want to show people that we have integrity," he said.
Thomas said when an attorney goes into a judge's chambers what you want is a fair shake.
"Never ask a judge for something you don't think you deserve or don't feel you are entitled to," Thomas said.
The Appreciation Award, which is presented to a non-attorney in the community who provides outstanding service to the legal profession, was presented to Jim Economos, owner of The Saratoga in Warren.
Economos provides food for many of the association's meetings and events and has become a friend to the bar association by making their lives easier.
Economos said he has many members of the association come to his restaurant and created a "lawyer's table" back in the 1960s.
Jason Earnhart, who had served as president this past year, passed the gavel to new association president, Shibani Sheth-Massacci.
Other officers for the year include Joshua Garris as vice president / president-elect, Pamela Rintala, secretary, and Patrick Wilson, treasurer.
Earnhart said he will provide support to the new officers and welcomes new blood to the roles.
Sheth-Massacci said the annual holiday drive to help Someplace Safe has started by the association.