Bench Bar Conference

The Annual Bench Bar Conference presents a unique opportunity for BALC Judges, attorneys and invited guests to learn, interact & network in a casual environment. The conference takes place over a weekend (usually in the Fall) in a destination location. Previous locations include West Point, New York City, Annapolis and Baltimore.  Typically, the weekend consists of a cocktail reception to welcome guests, CLE seminars, group activities and a formal Sunday Brunch before returning to the Lehigh Valley.


2019 Bench Bar

Washington, DC

June 7th- 10th

The Historic Willard Hotel


The Bench Bar Committee is hard at work planning next year’s Conference that will include receptions, group activities, outstanding CLEs and a special event, the United States Supreme Court Admissions Ceremony.




430 PM BALC Board Meeting-Board Members Only

6:00PM-8PM Cocktail Reception at the Historic Willard Hotel



9AM-11:30AM CLE Seminars-Willard Hotel

Afternoon-Tour DC at your Leisure

Optional Afternoon Group Tour



9AM-10AM CLE Seminar-Willard Hotel

10:30AM-12PM Champagne Brunch-Willard Hotel

6PM-8PM Hospitality Reception (Admission Applicants Only)



US Supreme Court Admission including Group Breakfast (This is limited to the first 50 Applicants). Please see BALC Website for Admission Packet and Instructions.


Hotel Information-Book your rooms now!  First come basis.


The Willard Washington D.C.

1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

Call: 1-800-424-6835 and use Group Code BBC

or Make Reservations Online.


*BUS Transportation being arranged to DC for entire Conference and for those just coming in for Admissions Ceremony.*


*Activities and Schedules subject to change, see for updates.


Documentation for Admissions Ceremony





Thank you to the following sponsors for making the 2018 Bench Bar Conference possible!
BB&T Wealth
Morganelli Caetano IT Consulting & MSP
Veritext Legal Solutions
Clare Printing
Gross McGinley LLP
Seidel, Cohen, Hof & Reid, L.L.C
Gallagher Reporting & Video, LLC 
The Scherline Family  





In past years, the Bench Bar Conference has been held at:

2018- Finger Lakes Region, New York
2017-Inner Harbor, Baltimore Maryland
2016- Cooperstown, New York
2015- Gettysburg, PA
2014- Historic Philadelphia, PA
2013 – West Point, NY
2012 – New York City, NY
2010 – Annapolis, MD – Oct 15-17
2009 – Baltimore Inner Harbor, MD – Oct 2-4
2008 – Washington, DC – Sept 19-21
2007 – New York, NY – Oct 26-28
2006 – Cape May, NJ – Oct 13-25
2005 – St Michaels, MD – Sept 30-Oct 2
2004 – Gettysburg, PA – Oct 1-3
2003 – New York City – Oct 24-26
2002 – Cooperstown, NY – Sept 19-21
2001 – Atlantic City, NJ – Oct 11-13
2000 – Washington, DC – Oct 5-7
1999 – Annapolis, MD – Sept 30 – Oct 2
1998 – Baltimore Inner Harbor, MD – Oct 15-17
1997 – Taminent Resort – Oct 23-25
Refund Policy: For a refund of payment, all cancellations must be received 24 hours prior to the event. If cancellation is not received 24 hours prior, your credit card will be charged immediately following the event. If check, cash or card payment has been received prior to the event and cancellation is not received 24 hours prior to the event, there will be no refunds given.