Scartelli and Olszewski to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from Lacawac Sanctuary

Bruce Hargreaves, Ph.D.,Grimm Construction Inc., attorneys Melissa A. Scartelli and Peter Paul Olszewski Jr., and Ryanne Jennings will be honored during the Lacawac Sanctuary Field Station and Environmental Education Center’s sixth annual Farm to Plate fundraising gala on Saturday at the Historic Watres Lodge at Lacawac. The nonprofit’s dinner committee and board of trustees each year choose to honor community members and those that have helped shaped the sanctuary’s future.

Scartelli and Olszewski will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in Preservation. Scartelli, a leading trial lawyer in Northeast Pennsylvania who has received numerous accolades, has represented seriously injured plaintiffs in the state and federal courts of Pennsylvania for around 30 years. A native ofScranton, Scartelli remains dedicated to representing innocent victims of accidents and malpractice, according to the sanctuary. In 2001, she founded the firm that would later become Scartelli Olszewski. Scartelli serves on the Leadership Council for Penn State Dickinson Law.

Olszewski has 37 years of litigation experience to the firm. His primary practice areas include medical malpractice, personal injury and criminal defense. From 1992 to 1999, Olszewski served as Luzerne County district attorney and, from 2000 to 2009, he served as a Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas judge. A Wilkes-Barre native, Olszewski is a strong believer in giving back to the legal and larger communities and serves with numerous community organizations, including as the chair of the board of trustees of Lacawac Sanctuary, which oversees a 545-acre biological field station and environmental learning center in Wayne County.Both Scartelli and Olszewski, who are married and Dickinson School of Law graduates, enjoy practicing law together. They live in Wayne County.

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