Law Day Contests Announced! This year's theme, "Realizing the Dream: Equality for All" marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and the 5oth of Rev. Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Click HERE for a copy of the contest brochure. The deadline to enter is Noon on April 19, 2013. Awards will be presented at the May 1 Public Law Day Celebration, 6pm, Washington County Courthouse. Click HERE for a complete list of 2012 contest winners.
Our program won one of five national 2004 Outstanding Law Day Activity Awards from the American Bar Association! During the weeks surrounding Law Day, nationally observed on May 1st, WCBA sponsors contests for Washington County students in grades 2-12 and sends speakers into the schools to discuss Law Day related topics. A public Law Day celebration is held, during which time we present the Liberty Bell Award to a non-lawyer for outstanding service in encouraging respect for law and the courts.
LAWYER REFERRAL SERVICES
A "Modest Means" Program was started in 2009 to assist people who do not qualify for legal aid and who do not have -- or perhaps perceive that they do not have -- the financial resources to hire an attorney. This program offers clients an opportunity to access attorneys who have agreed to accept referrals on a reduced-fee basis in specified areas of law. To find out if you are eligible and, if so, to be referred to the program, contact Southwestern PA Legal Services at 724.225.6170.
FEE DISPUTE COMMITTEE -- the Bar Association has a Fee Dispute Committee to assist clients and attorneys with fee disputes. The Committee guidelines and procedures are HERE.
DISCIPLINARY BOARD PROCEDURES -- In Pennsylvania, local Bar Associations do not handle disciplinary matters. The disciplinary system is created and governed by the Pennsylvania Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement, a broad set of rules by which the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania carries out its constitutional authority to regulate the practice of law. The disciplinary system can often be complex and overwhelming; therefore, the Disciplinary board website has information regarding disciplinary proceedings, fees, reporting forms and general questions about the system. The website also lists current contact and professional liability insurance information for all attorneys licensed in the state. Visit www.padisciplinaryboard.org to learn more.
PA FUND FOR CLIENT SECURITY -- The Pennsylvania Lawyers Fund for Client Security was established by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in 1982 to reimburse clients who have suffered a loss as a result of a misappropriation of funds by their Pennsylvania attorney. For forms and information, visit www.palawfund.com.