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2016 Saint Bonaventure Award

PHOTO: Don SmithDonald F. Smith, Esq.

Don Smith began his distinguished law career after receiving his undergraduate degree from Shippensburg University and his law degree from Penn State University. Immediately following law school, he was the law clerk for then President Judge W. Richard Eshelman of the Berks County Court of Common Pleas and then practiced personal injury law with the law firm of Liever, Hyman & Potter, P.C. for over 28 years. Currently, Don serves as the Executive Director of the Berks County Bar Association and the Law Foundation of Berks County.

His service to the Alvernia University Senior’s College began in 2001 and has continued to teach every year since. He has taught courses on topics such as Clarence Darrow, the U.S. Constitution and the United States Supreme Court. Don has also been instrumental in the Law Foundation of Berks County’s annual support of scholarships for Alvernia Criminal Justice Students.

In addition to his volunteerism at Alvernia, Don serves on the boards of the Berks County Health Center; Shippensburg University Foundation and as the Vice President of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He previously served on the Antietam School Board and the Central Berks Police Commission.

Don has been recognized by several organizations for his professional accomplishments and service, including the Berks Bar Foundations LeRoy Hyman Award; Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Award; Conference of County Bar Leaders Arthur J. Birdsall Award; and Shippensburg University’s Distinguished Alumni Award.




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