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Judicial Selection Committee Announcement


“As per the Procedures For Use by the Judicial Evaluation Committee of the Bar Association of Lehigh County, The Committee shall advertise in the Lehigh County Bar Association Law Journal and in a paper of general circulation, that the Committee will meet on a date certain, to receive comments from the members of the Association and the public with respect to the qualifications of any announced candidate for Judicial office.”

As per the procedures of the Judicial Selection Committee, the committee will be taking comments about the Candidate, Melissa Pavlack, ESQ. for Judge, Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas, up to the close of business on April 18, 2017. Your comments may be delivered in person/mail to 1114 W Walnut St, Allentown, PA, 18102 or email to

About the Bar: Since the turn of the century, the Bar Association of Lehigh County has provided service and assistance to the area’s lawyers and the community. The association was officially chartered in 1905 “to advance the science of jurisprudence and the administration of justice, to encourage a thorough legal education, to uphold the honor and dignity of the bar, to cultivate social and professional association among its members, to assist the courts in the orderly and efficient administration of justice and to perpetuate the history of the profession and the memory of its members within this judicial district.”

Bar Association of Lehigh County Judicial Selection Committee

Michelle Forsell, Esquire, President/Chair

Ray Bridgeman, Executive Director

Judge James Knoll Gardner of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania takes Senior Status

Judge James Knoll Gardner of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania announced that he will take senior status effective April 3, 2017.  Judge Gardner has served on the court since 2002.  Judge Gardner was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate on October 2, 2002.  Prior to his taking the seat in the District Court, Judge Gardner was a judge on the Court of Common Pleas of Lehigh County from 1981 to 2002, serving as President Judge from 1997 to 2001.

Judge Gardner will continue to serve on the District Court from his chambers and courtroom in the Edward N. Cahn U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building in Allentown.

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania is one of the original 13 federal judiciary districts created by the Judiciary Act of 1789. It originally sat in Independence Hall in Philadelphia as the United States District Court for the District of Pennsylvania and is now located at the James Byrne Courthouse at 601 Market Street in Philadelphia with additional locations in Allentown, Reading and Easton.  The Court’s jurisdiction includes Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery,  and Northampton counties as well as  Philadelphia.  The district is part of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

SAVE THE DATE: Bench Bar 2017



September 22-24th 

Baltimore Inner Harbor

Royal Sonesta Harbor Court

550 Light Street

Baltimore, MD 21202


Book your rooms now for our Annual Bench Bar Conference. The Bench Bar Committee is hard at work designing Baltimore related CLE’s and great Social Events to include receptions, a Pub Crawl and an Orioles Baseball Game.


You can take advantage of our special room pricing 3 days before and 3 days after the conference if you want to extend your stay.


Contact the Royal Sonesta to Book your room:

Single and Double Rate $189

Triple Rate $209

Quad Rate $229

(Taxes and Service Charges not yet applied)


Call the hotel directly: Ms. Sheila Carey, In-House Reservationist, 1-410-347-9735 and use Group Code 1007LKLKKL)

Attorney Sign Up for Lawyer Referral Service

2017 Lawyer Referral Service

If you are interested in LRS participation, please return the Application along with the appropriate fee as noted below.   All checks should be made payable to: LAWYER REFERRAL SERVICE.

 2017 LRS Application

The registration fee for BALC MEMBERS is $75.00 per year; this includes membership on two (2) referral panels and subpanels. Each panel is bolded and you may choose as many subpanels as you like, covered under the panel price. You may elect to participate in more than two panels at an additional cost of $30 each.

1 PANEL:                              $75.00                   4 PANELS:                            $135.00

2 PANELS:                           $75.00                   5 PANELS:                            $165.00

3 PANELS:                            $105.00                 6 PANELS:                            $195.00


Modest Means Program and Application

Thank you for your interest in the Lawyer Referral Service. In addition to LRS, please consider volunteering to serve those less fortunate members of our community with your expertise by also enrolling in the MMP portion of the Referral Service.

North Penn Legal Services was established to assist the area’s low income families in legal matters. In order to provide relief to the families who do not qualify for their services, The Bar Association of Lehigh County implemented the Modest Means Program (MMP) a few years ago, which aids those families in a slightly higher financial bracket of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

We need your help to ensure that those who need access to justice get access to justice! By utilizing this program, our goal is to pay back our community with the highly specialized services only attorneys can render. Many citizens are in need of legal assistance and do not have the means necessary to hire an attorney. By volunteering to serve those less fortunate members of our community with your expertise, the Modest Means Program will help those citizens in achieving their legal goals.

Our program offers client services at reduced rates provided by our attorneys. The initial consultation fee is still  collected, as with all Lawyer Referral clients. However, any services rendered beyond the initial consultation, are at a reduced rate. The clients are screened by the LRS staff to determine eligibility. The client will also be instructed to sign a waiver stating their financial information is deemed true and accurate, however if the attorney determines otherwise, they will be charged regular attorney fees.

The cost for attorney members to enroll in the MMP program is $50 for the year.

Download the MMP application here.