By-Laws of the Allegheny County Bar Association






On Tuesday, January 3, 2017, the Board of Governors at its monthly meeting voted to amend the Bar Association By-Laws. A quorum of members of the Board was present for the Board Meeting. The vote of those present at the meeting to amend the By-Laws was unanimous.

In accordance with Article 21 of the ACBA By-Laws, the Board can amend the By-Laws by a vote of 2/3 of the members of the Board of Governors present and voting at any meeting in connection with which a quorum is present; provided that the results of the such vote shall be published in the Pittsburgh Legal Journal within ten (10) days of the aforesaid vote to amend, accompanied by a notice to members that the By-Laws, as amended, shall become effective within twenty (20) days of the date of such publication unless a petition is filed with the Association signed by fifty (50) active members in good standing requesting a vote of the membership on the subject amendment(s), or particular portion(s) thereof. Upon receipt of such petition, the matter shall be placed before the membership for a vote at the next annual meeting of the membership or at a meeting specially convened for that purpose.

Notice is hereby given that the By-Laws, as amended, shall become effective on January 27, 2017 unless a petition is filed with the Association as herein above set forth.

The following are the proposed amendments. The new language is underlined and shown in bold type and removed language is stricken out. A full and complete copy of the Bar Association by-laws is available on the web site at under the “About” tab.

David A. Blaner
Executive Director

Article 14 Judiciary Committee, 14.3 “Survey of Sitting Judges”


(a) In order to provide a fair, predictable, and regular process for the evaluation of the judiciary, the Committee shall: may, with the approval of the Board of Governors

(a) Commencing with the year 2000, and every four (4) years thereafter, conduct a survey of sitting judges among all Active and Honorary Members of the Bar Association and attorneys practicing in the following government agencies and civil legal services organizations in Allegheny County: Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office, Allegheny County Public Defender’s Office, Allegheny County Solicitors, City of Pittsburgh Solicitors, United States Attorney, United States Public Defenders, KidsVoice Attorneys, Neighborhood Legal Services Association (NLSA) Attorneys, Allegheny County Bar Foundation (ACBF) Juvenile Court Project Attorneys, and the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office Attorneys. The Board of Governors may, from time to time, include other attorneys in this survey at their discretion;

(b) Where appropriate and with the approval of the Board of Governors, the Committee shall:

(b) (1) Exclude from participation in the survey those sitting judges who are being evaluated in the survey;

(c) (2) Utilize a secret ballot in the conduct of the survey and take all steps necessary to ensure the strict confidentiality of all ballots;

(d) (3) Solicit from the Board of Governors and the judiciary their comments and suggestions with respect to the form, content, tabulation and other procedures relative to the survey with the understanding that such comments and suggestions may be made anonymously if so desired by any particular judge; and

(e) (4) Where appropriate and with the approval of the Board of Governors, Engage the services of professional pollsters and/or statisticians to assist the Committee with the design, interpretation, and tabulation of the survey.



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