Pennsylvania Bar Association

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Pennsylvania Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association logo.jpg
Logo of the Pennsylvania Bar Association
Formation July 1, 1895
Type Legal Society
Headquarters Philadelphia (1895-1934)
Harrisburg (1934-present)
  • United States
Pennsylvania-licensed lawyers
Thomas (Tom) G. Wilkinson, Jr.[1]
Vice President
William H. Pugh V[1]

The Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) is a voluntary bar association of lawyers and law students in Pennsylvania, United States. As of 2013, the Association had about 28,000 members[1][2] and offers membership benefits including publications, practice support, networking, and continuing education.[3]

Membership requirements[edit]

Membership into the Pennsylvania Bar Association is open to any lawyer who is in good standing and licensed by the bar of Pennsylvania. Associate membership is open to attorneys in good standing licensed in other states but not licensed in Pennsylvania.[4] The Association also offers free Law Student Memberships for current law students.[5]


The Association has several executive officers, including President and Vice President. As of April 2013, the President was Tom Wilkinson.[1] In May 2013, William Pugh will take on the Vice Presidential role and Forest N. Myers will succeed Wilkinson in the Presidency.[1] Myers was succeeded by Francis O'Conner in the Presidency in May 2013, and Wilkinson ascended to this role in 2014.[1]

Pennsylvania Bar Foundation[edit]

The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation is the 501(c)(3) charitable affiliate of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. They were incorporated in 1984 with the purpose of assisting the Association with becoming more involved with public service. The Foundation has 23 voting members who manage the Foundation. There is an executive board and twelve committees within the Foundation. The board of the Foundation meets on a quarterly basis and full membership meetings are held annually in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Financial support of the Foundation comes from volunteer lawyer contributions and fees collected as part of membership dues by the Pennsylvania Bar Association.[6]

Constitutional Review Commission[edit]

In 2009, the Pennsylvania Bar Association Constitutional Review Commission was established to examine specific issues relating to the improvement of the government of Pennsylvania by making recommendations regarding improvements to governmental structure and/or constitutional changes. The Commission was established by a resolution of the Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates.[7]

Young Lawyers Division[edit]

The Young Lawyers Division is an arm of the Pennsylvania Bar Association composed of members who are younger than 38 years of age or who are older than 38 years of age but have been practicing law for less than five years. Membership into this division is free and automatic for current Association members who meet the age and practice criteria and are up to date on payment of dues.[8]



  1. ^ a b c d e f Blumenthal, Jeff (24 April 2013). "Montco lawyer to lead Pa. Bar Association". Philadelphia Business Journal. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Pennsylvania Bar Association. "PBA President's Welcome Message". Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Pennsylvania Bar Association. "Your 2011–2012 Guide To Pennsylvania Bar Association Benefits & Services" (PDF). Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Pennsylvania Bar Foundation. "Membership". Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Pennsylvania Bar Foundation. "PBA Law Student Membership". Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Pennsylvania Bar Foundation. "Organization". Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  7. ^ PABARCRC. "Pennsylvania Bar Association Constitutional Review Commission". Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Pennsylvania Bar Association. "What Is The Young Lawyers Division". Retrieved 15 May 2012. 

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