PLAINS TWP. — Northeast Pennsylvania alumni of the Penn State Dickinson School of Law were honored last month at the 43rd annual dinner of the alumni chapter at The Woodlands Inn.
During the dinner, Jeffrey Yelen, Class of 1997, was re-elected as president of the local chapter.
The organization also presented the Outstanding Alumni Award to Lorine Angelo Ogurkis, Class of 2002. Ogurkis was honored for her involvement in law and contributions to the community.
Ogurkis, of Hazleton, graduated from Bishop Hafey High School before earning her bachelor’s degree at Marywood University. She then attended Dickinson and received a Juris Doctorate degree.
After law school, Ogurkis served as vice president/general counsel of Double Diamond and Eagle Rock Resort. Recently, Ogurkis opened her own law practice in Conyngham, which specializes in real estate, wills and estates, family law and adoptions.
Ogurkis has also served on the board for the Hazleton Area Public Library and is the founder of We Are Hazleton, which benefits Hazleton police. She was also a member of the board for the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce and CASA Luzerne County and was chairman of the advisory board of Children and Youth.
In addition, Ogurkis is the president and co-founder of Brandon’s Forever Home. The foundation supports children while in foster care and encourages others to adopt children from the foster care system. Ogurkis, along with friends and family, purchased a 1907 Georgian mansion in Hazleton for supporting foster care children.
She is the 2016 recipient of the Congressional Angel in Adoption Award; the 2016 Mary Bevevino Award presented by the Luzerne Foundation; and the PA Swan Philanthropic Award.
Ogurkis lives with husband Michael and their five children, two of whom were adopted from foster care, in Conyngham.