Philadelphia, PA-   The Judges of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania invite attorneys and the public to attend a Special Session of the Court for a Memorial Service for the Honorable Thomas N. O’Neill, Jr., a devoted jurist, husband and father, on Friday, October 4, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. in the Ceremonial Courtroom, James Byrne Courthouse, 601 Market Street, Philadelphia.  A reception will follow the Special Session.

Judge O’Neill was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in June 1983.  He was confirmed by the United States Senate and received his commission in August 1983.  Judge O’Neill assumed senior status on July 6, 1996.  He died on January 16, 2018.

Judge O’Neill was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  He served as a law clerk to Judge Herbert Funk Goodrich of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from 1953 to 1954 and to Justice Harold Hitz Burton of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1954 to 1955. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the London School of Economics from 1955 to 1956. Prior to being nominated to the federal bench, Judge O’Neill was in private practice in Philadelphia from 1956 to 1983.


Contact: Kate Barkman, Phone: 215-597-9221,


Lehigh County Lawyer’s Charitable Fund


Lehigh County Lawyer’s Charitable Fund

animal charity

The BALC Community Service Committee is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Lehigh County Lawyers’ Charitable Fund.  Any Lehigh Valley 501(c)(3) is able to apply.  This year’s theme is: “Animal and Pet Related Charities Throughout Lehigh Valley”.  Please keep this in mind when applying.  Application deadline is 10/31/19.

Application Guidelines


Please support our charity fundraising for this year’s campaign by attending the following events:

BINGO 9/26 5:30pm @ The Barristers Club

Comedy Night 10/4 @ The Ramada Inn, Whitehall

YAPPY Hour 10/30 @ The Barristers Club Courtyard

Law Journal Publication Price Changes


As of 2019, the cost of Journal publications will be changing. New pricing will go into effect for all ads and publications as of the January 18th issue.

Estate notices will cost $125 ($120 + $5 notary fee)

All other “Miscellaneous” publications will cost $100 ($95 + $5 notary fee)  (Inc, LLC, Fictitious Names, Articles of Amendment; Certificate of Authority; Detective Licenses, Dissolutions; Domestic Liability; Limited Liability; Orphans Ct Audit Lists; Parental Rights Termination; Service by Publication, etc)  

Please submit payment with the initial publication request.

If request is faxed or emailed and pre-payment is not provided, an invoice will be generated. Ads must be paid for within 60 days of publication date. Notarized affidavits (“proofs”) will be sent out to the advertiser after payment has been received and processed. Please provide a publication name, invoice number or reference of some sort on all forms of payment.

Ads may also be submitted with a credit card authorization form. Publication forms can also be found at under the Lehigh Law Journal section.

Committee Participation Sign-Up for 2019


Bar Association Committees for 2019 are now being organized for implementation in mid-January. Please indicate your interest(s) for committee appointment and fax the form to 610-770-9826.

Please note: Committee Lists from previous years will not be carried over to 2019. Members must select the interested committees for the new year or they will not be notified of meetings.

Complete the Form

New Fee Schedule Documentation

NOTICE 2018-J-99 Order

Now, this 15th day of November 2018 the within

Petition for Increased Fee Schedule presented by

Lehigh County Clerk of Judicial Records, Andrea E Naugle,

 and in accordance with Act 164 of 1998,the Prothonotary Fee law.

 It is Ordered that the Petition is approved and adopted to be effective 1/1/19.

By the Court: /s/ Edward D Reibman, President Judge

See all documentation regarding fee schedule here

Donate to the Lehigh County Lawyers Charitable Fund


Bar Association of Lehigh County Holiday Assistance Drive 2019

Dear Bar Association Member,

The Bar Association of Lehigh County has started the Annual Ask for the Lehigh County Lawyer’s Charitable Fund Grant. This year’s theme is “Summer School Programs & Camps”.

We are proud to remind all lawyers that the Bar Association of Lehigh County has conducted an Assistance Program to benefit area 501c3 organizations to provide much needed assistance to our surrounding communities for many years.  This program has raised over $230,000 throughout that time and distributed these funds to many deserving area organizations.

This year to assist these organizations, we are asking each lawyer to give generously to help support those in our local community.  Remember, these contributions stay in the Greater Lehigh Valley area.

The Program is administered through the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation and all gifts are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.  The Foundation will automatically acknowledge all gifts for tax purposes over $250.

We will recognize all those nonprofit organizations receiving funds as part of our Law Day celebration in May.

Past years’ contributions went to the Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley, Dream Come True, The Lehigh Valley Zoo, Community Bike Works, The Victory House, Angel 34 , Miracle League of the Lehigh Valley and many more.

Please help by sending your check today, payable to the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation and mail to:

Lehigh County Lawyer’s Charitable Fund Grant

Lehigh Valley Community Foundation

840 West Hamilton Street, Suite 310

Allentown, PA 18101

 Or donate online.

Thank you for your generous donation!

Kristin Noonan Hutchins, Esquire, Community Service Committee, Chair                                 Ray Bridgeman, Executive Director, BALC

“Job Description: Trial Judge”, a memoir by The Honorable Robert K. Young for sale

Job Description: Trial Judge

By: The Honorable Robert K. Young (Retired)

“The Trial Judge book is not a biography. It is a memoir of the eleven and a half year period of the life spent as a Common Pleas Court Judge. I endeavored to describe the job of a county trial judge to my great grandchildren. I also hope that others, especially students interested in becoming lawyers, will find it interesting and informative.”


The Honorable Robert K. Young’s book is on sale now at the BALC.  All proceeds will go to benefit the Lehigh County Lawyers’ Charitable Fund.  Each year, grants from the Fund are made to charitable programs and organizations throughout the Lehigh Valley as recommended by the Bar Association.


$18.00 per book plus shipping and handling.

Contact Ray at to request your copy by mail.

Please feel free to stop by the BALC Building to purchase your copy and save on shipping and handling cost.  1114 W. Walnut St, Allentown, PA, 18102.

Documentation for 2019 Bench Bar Conference


Instructions for Admission, June 10, 2019

A completed application consist of a typed first and second page of the application, a Certificate of Good Standing from the Supreme Court of the State where the attorney has been practicing for the past three years (only one is needed) and the $200.00 application fee.

Some items to keep in mind when submitting your application.

•             Make checks payable to the Supreme Court of the United States and date them for June 10, 2019.

•             All signatures on the second page of the application; applicant and sponsors, must be original and must be on the same sheet.

•             Only the “Certification, Statement of Sponsors, Oath of Admission” sections need to be signed for group admissions.

•             The deadline to submit your application and supporting documents back to Ray Bridgeman at the BALC is April 24, 2019.  Please submit your packet only once fully completed.  You can drop packet off at the BALC Building, 1114 W Walnut St, Allentown, PA 18102 or you can mail it (Attn: Ray Bridgeman) but must be received by the close of business, April 24.  This is limited to the first 50 Applicants.


Please submit this with your packet as your cover:

Attorney Name:

Name of your 1 allowed guest for the ceremony:




Application Instructions

Save the Date: Bench Bar Conference 2019

Save the Date:  Bench Bar Conference 2019

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