A former Lehighton resident is among a trio of writers for the National Law Journal of Washington D.C. who will receive the prestigious George Polk Award for 1992 in legal reporting. Marianne Lavelle, daughter of President Judge John P. and attorney Marianne Lavelle of Lehighton, was named winner of the award along with fellow writers Marcia Coyle and Claudia MacLachlan for the National Law Journal. The trio won the award for investigative work on race issues in environmental law.