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Cambria attorney to lead state’s young lawyers

By BERNIE HORNICK for the Tribune Democrat
July 12, 2009

Richland Township lawyer Tim Burns, a recent candidate for county judge, was named chairman of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division at the association’s recent meeting in Pittsburgh.

It is the first time a Cambria County lawyer has been elected to head the division, which has about 7,000 members.

“I’m really honored,’’ Burns, 37, said last week. “I think it’s an honor to Cambria County and to lawyers in smaller communities and rural areas.

“It’s a way I can give back to the legal profession. We’re the voice of the young attorneys.’’

Burns will serve a one-year term until June 2010. He has been involved with the organization, which caters to lawyers age 38 and younger, for at least five years.

“My focus on the chair is going to be on professional development for the young attorneys themselves, like ethics. We’re going to be more activist in that regard,’’ he said.

A sole practitioner with an office in Ebensburg, Burns said he also will push for more affordable health and malpractice insurance.

The Young Lawyers Division promotes mock trial competitions in high schools statewide to foster interest in the law. And Burns said the regional tournament will be held in Ebensburg in spring 2010 covering participants from 15 counties.

“It’s going to be pretty exciting,’’ he said.

In his travels throughout the state and nation as chairman of the Young Lawyers, Burns said he also will promote the Wills for Heroes effort. Under Wills for Heroes, lawyers volunteer to write up wills for police officers and first responders.

Active with civic duties, Burns is on committees of the Greater Johnstown Chamber of Commerce and of the Greater Johnstown YMCA. He also has been involved with the Roxbury Bandshell Preservation Alliance, the Greater Johnstown/ Cambria County Sportsmen’s Association, the Cresson Area Historical Society and the Challenge Program.

He ran in this spring’s primary to secure a ballot spot in Cambria County’s judicial races but failed to win enough voter support.

Burns is a graduate of St. Vincent College and Duquesne University School of Law.