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A tradition of service for businesses and the community

"It has been said among jurists and practitioners prior to the division of Philadelphia County in 1784 that Montgomery County furnished the State and Nation with some of the most distinguished lawyers known to the country."

Today, the Montgomery Bar Association continues this tradition as a non-profit organization made up of over 2,100 Montgomery County attorneys.  The MBA serves as an invaluable legal resource for businesees and the community, offering education, assistance, and participation in important community events.  Please take a moment to get to know us and discover what we have to offer. 0000

* Source: Chapter XXXVI: The Bench and Bar - Part I: Bean's 1884 History of Montgomery Co., PA
Contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives by Susan Walters


ADR: The Center for Mediation and Arbitration

The Center for Mediation and Arbitration provides quick, efficient, cost-effective dispute resolution for lawyers, insurance companies, and any members of the public who have a civil dispute or a pretrial case pending in Montgomery, Delaware, Berks, Chester, Bucks, or Philadelphia counties.

Montgomery Bar Association sponsors and administers the Center for Mediation and Arbitration (CMA) -- a low cost service for dispute resolution of matters that have been or could be filed in civil court or that the parties otherwise want resolved.

The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for an expeditious resolution of disputes outside of our courts. Services are provided at affordable rates through our expert panel of ADR specialists. All CMA panelists have extensive experience in mediation and arbitration of civil matters. Each has been carefully selected and has undergone a rigorous review process by the Montgomery Bar Association and its Ad Hoc Dispute Resolution Committee. CMA services are available to individuals, insurance carriers, attorneys, law firms and all other entities.

Click here to visit the Center for Mediation and Arbitration website»

Lawyer Referral Service

Attorneys participating in the Lawyer Referral Service are required to be private practice members of the Montgomery Bar Association in good standing.  They are registered with the Lawyer Referral Service on a voluntary basis in the areas of law they practice and specialize in.  Referrals are systematically made on a rotating basis within predetermined areas of practice.  Geographic considerations are also taken into account as we strive to make referrals that best serve the criteria of our users.

Click here for more information and to obtain a referral.

How A Lawyer Can Help Click here to view PBA pamphlet»

MBA Speakers Bureau (a free service)

Members of our Speakers Bureau serve our community by tailoring and delivering FREE presentations on virtually any legal topic for any size group.  Each of our speakers has expertise in their chosen areas of law and in communicating their knowledge and experience in meaningful ways.  Among other topics, our speakers have addressed such vital topics as adoption, bankruptcy, child and spousal support, elder law (wills, living wills, powers of attorney, grandparent's rights), small business, consumer rights and protection, creditors rights and employment issues. 

For a Speakers Bureau Request Form, call 610-279-9660, ext. 232 or simply download a copy here by clicking on the link provided:

Speakers Bureau request form»

Please forward completed forms to Public Relations.  You should expect to hear from a member of our staff the next business day.

The Montgomery Child Advocacy Project (MCAP)

This is a 501(c)(3) organization established to protect the rights to those least able to protect themselves - children.  MCAP arranges for the appointment of volunteer attorneys who render free legal services to young victims of abuse and neglect.  MCAP hopes to broaden its scope and give children the support and social services.

Visit MCAP web site at: www.mcapkids.org

Mock Trial Competitions:

Members of our Young Lawyers Section help prepare area high school students for this exciting, educational opportunity that requires participants to present their cases before Montgomery County judges and attorneys who serve as jurors.

Click here to view results from this year's competition.

Elder Law Handbook:

The Montgomery County Elder Law Handbook is a free publication for area seniors and provides valuable information about legal issues commonly faced by Montgomery County's oldest residents and their caregivers.  The publication aslo offers basic information and services, and outlines areas which may require legal advice.

For more information and to download your free copy, click here.

Wills for Heroes

Each year, dozens of attorneys participate in Wills for Heroes events throughout Montgomery County.  Supported locally by members of the Montgomery Bar Association, Wills for Heroes is part of an innovative pro bono effort, which provides wills, powers of attorney, and health care directives to first responders.  At the conclusion of their one hour appointments, notarized legal documents are prepared for police officers, local firefighters, and other area first responders so that their families will be protected in the event of a tragedy.

Naturalization Ceremonies

The Bar Association’s American Citizenship and Law Day Committee teams up with area schools each year to welcome county residents who are new U.S. citizens.  County judges and other members of the community attend these ceremonies to naturalize the new citizens, remind them of the privileges and duties associated with U.S. citizenship and celebrate their unique contributions to our community.

The MBA American Citizenship Committee sponsors the Naturalization Court Ceremony twice a year.  For more information about the Naturalization Court Ceremony please contact Nancy Hagner at the Montgomery Bar Association by e-mail at nancyhagner@montgomerybar.org or by phone at 610-279-9660, ext. 208.

Community Outreach

In addition to helping attorneys and other community leaders understand one another and the ways in which their respective professions serve the community, the Community Outreach Committee (COC) determines the needs of the community and implements projects for meeting those needs.  Read more»


Professional Liaison Committees

These committees help bridge the gap between the legal profession and members of the public who work in medicine, real estate and as accountants and paralegals. They serve the general public by encouraging dialogue that helps improve the delivery of services by all groups involved.