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Equal Access to Justice

We believe the Justice System works best when it works for everyone.

Welcome Class of 2015

With your help we ensure that Pennsylvania’s children learn the important principles of our democracy.

Civic and Law-Related Education

With your help we ensure that Pennsylvania’s children learn the important principles of our democracy.

Giving

You Can Make a Difference Today

Education - Justice - Equal Access

Tyrone A. Powell, Esq.
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Welcome from our President

The PA Bar Foundation is the philanthropic partner of the Pennsylvania Bar Association dedicated to helping Pennsylvania’s youth be better citizens and to making Pennsylvania’s judicial system more accessible to all. Learn how you can help too by participating in our programs, serving on our committees, and contributing to our efforts.
Recognizing Pro Bono Service
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Recognizing Pro Bono Service

Since 1989, the Louis J. Goffman Award has been given to an individual and/or an organization in recognition of outstanding pro bono service. Meet our past recipients
Loan Repayment Assistance
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Loan Repayment Assistance

Helping attorneys employed at IOLTA-funded legal services organizations across the state better manage their undergraduate and law school student loan debt so they can afford to remain in public service. The next application cycles starts on September 1, 2015.
Thank You, Fellows!
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Thank You, Fellows!

These people are helping to make a better justice system through their generous contributions. Is your name on the list?

WHO WE ARE

The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation was created in response to the organized bar’s desire to become more involved in public service.

  • We work to improve the public’s understanding of the law and our judicial system.
  • We strive to ensure citizens have full and equal access to justice through our legal system.

NEWS & EVENTS

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

You Can Make a Difference

Since 1984, the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation has served as a center of philanthropy for Pennsylvania’s legal community. Please join our efforts.

Young Lawyer Life Fellows, those under age 38 or in practice less than 5 years, energize and operationalize our mission with their avid participation and support. A Young Lawyer Life Fellow pledges $500 to the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation. The pledge must be fulfilled prior to attaining senior lawyer status. Choose any one of these convenient contribution options:

  • Make a single one-time contribution of $500
  • Split your payments into 4 consecutive annual installments of $125
  • Use your credit card to pay in 48 monthly contributions of $10.42
  • Donate now

Life Fellows are the life’s blood of the Foundation. They are distinguished individuals over the age of 38 and in practice more than 5 years who have repeatedly demonstrated their commitment to the profession through their leadership activities in their local and state bar communities. Life Fellows pledge $1,000 to the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation. Choose any one of these convenient contribution options:

  • Make a single one-time contribution of $1,000
  • Split your payments into 4 consecutive annual installments of $250
  • Use your credit card to pay in 48 monthly contributions of $20.84
  • Donate now

Commonwealth Club members invest in the “common good” and provide significant financial support to the Foundation by directing their contributions either to the Civics and Law-related Education Fund, the Pro Bono Fund, the Endowment Fund, the Loan Repayment Assistance Program or to the support Foundation operations. Commonwealth Club members pledge a minimum of $5,000 to the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation and have up to 10 years to fulfil the pledge. Choose any one of these convenient contribution options:

  • Make a single one-time contribution of $5,000
  • Split your payments into 10 consecutive annual installments of $500
  • Use your credit card to pay in 120 monthly contributions of $41.67
  • Donate now
Existing Young Lawyer Life Fellows and Life Fellows who become Commonwealth Club members are credited $500 and $1,000 respectively, towards the fulfillment of the Commonwealth Club pledge.

Keystone Society members are focused on the Foundation’s future. They are pivotal contributors who are helping the Foundation build an endowment to ensure its longevity and sustainability. Keystone Society members pledge a minimum of $10,000 to the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, and 100% of the contribution is directed to the Endowment Fund. Choose any one of these convenient contribution options:

  • Make a single one-time contribution of $10,000
  • Split your payments into 10 consecutive annual installments of $1000
  • Use your credit card to pay in 120 monthly contributions of $83.34
  • Donate now
Existing Young Lawyer Life Fellows and Life Fellows who become Keystone Society members are credited $500 and $1,000 respectively, towards the fulfillment of the Keystone Society pledge. Existing Commonwealth Club members who become Keystone Society members are credited $5,000 towards the fulfillment of the Keystone Society pledge.

Make a difference today by supporting one of the Foundation’s funding priorities. Every contribution helps to expand our capacity.

The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation is the charitable affiliate of the Pennsylvania Bar Association
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