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About the Erie County Bar Association

The Erie County Bar Association (ECBA) is a not-for-profit professional association with member attorneys and judges in Northwestern Pennsylvania. The ECBA was founded in May 1875 for: “the purpose of maintaining the honor and dignity of the profession of the law, of cultivating social relations among its members and increasing its usefulness in promoting the due administration of justice.”

For our members, the Erie County Bar Association provides opportunities for continuing legal education (CLE), either by ECBA-hosted events, selection Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) video seminars, or convenient, online CLE courses. To the public of Erie County, the ECBA provides a Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS). Both members and the public benefit from our annual Law Day 5K and Attorneys and Kids Together Program (AKT).


Our Mission

Although the practice of law has changed dramatically over the past century, the mission of the Erie County Bar Association has not. We remain dedicated to maintaining professional standards of the highest caliber, advancing the administration of justice, and serving the interests of our varied consistencies without compromise. We assist our members in the practice of law and by engaging in activities that promote the public's understanding of and respect for our American system of law and justice. The goals of the Erie County Bar Association include:

  • To provide members with appropriate opportunities for education
  • To provide programs, services and staff assistance to facilitate the practice of law
  • To provide opportunities for collegiality and networking among members
  • To promote high standards of civility, professionalism and ethical conduct
  • To increase the public's awareness of the programs and services available to them through the ECBA and its membership
  • To promote and conduct public education on legal matters
  • To assist in representing those in our community who need an attorney