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Join the Allegheny County Bar Association

With nearly 6,000 members, the Allegheny County Bar Association is the Pittsburgh region’s largest and most active bar association … and for good reason. We are dedicated to helping our members excel in their careers as attorneys, judges, paralegals and more. From CLE courses and social events to services to help you practice law, the ACBA offers an abundance of benefits and resources.



Want to network with your fellow attorneys? Get some quality face time with judges? Maybe you want to build relationships to help generate referral business, or perhaps you just want to have fun with your fellow attorneys? Your ACBA membership can make those connections happen. We’ve even got sports leagues. Check out our calendar to get a sense of just how much there is going on at the ACBA, and don’t miss our biggest event of the year, the members-only ACBA Bench-Bar Conference, in June when members can network with their colleagues and members of the bench.
The ACBA presents more than 75 CLE programs each year on a broad set of diverse, timely topics, and ACBA members enjoy registration discounts on all of these programs. Live programs are held in downtown Pittsburgh and in Western Pennsylvania suburbs. At our Online CLE Center, you can watch an always-changing selection of CLEs anytime, anywhere. If you missed a program you wanted to see, you can still get “live” credits by scheduling a Live Video Replay. The ACBA also offers the members-only Bench-Bar Conference each June, where members can get up to 8 hours of CLE credit.
Want to generate more clients? Who doesn’t. We have the tools to help you do just that. We get thousands of calls from people looking to hire an attorney; by joining our Lawyer Referral Service, you’ll be among those attorneys we refer out to the public when they call. You can generate referrals from your fellow attorneys through an array of lawyer-to-lawyer marketing options. Through the ACBA Website Design Program, members can get modern, mobile-optimized, custom-built websites at a very affordable price.
The ACBA Legal Employment Services is designed to serve the career-related needs of the Allegheny County legal community. We offer an array of services, including career counseling, legal candidate placement, diverse candidate recruiting, the ACBA Job Board and the ACBA Internship/Clerkship Job Board.
The ACBA has more than 80 subgroups: committees, divisions and sections. There are groups that focus on substantive areas of the law, groups that help plan the major ACBA events and groups dedicated to promoting diversity within the legal profession, the ACBA has a group for you. Check out the full list here.
Through the ACBA Insurance Program, members can get deals on nearly every type of insurance imaginable. The program includes steep discounts on Lawyers Professional Liability Insurance, as well as deals on auto, home, life and more. Additionally, the insurance pros at USI Affinity can help you navigate the health insurance marketing place and select a plan.
We keep ACBA members informed about happenings in the legal community and the courts. All ACBA members get a subscription to the Lawyers Journal newspaper, which is loaded with substantive legal articles, feature stories on happenings in the legal community and coverage of ACBA events. Our weekly Sidebar e-newsletter will keep you up-to-date on ACBA happenings. The Pittsburgh Legal Journal is the official legal journal of Allegheny County, and the source for trial lists, legal notices and more. Members also have access judicial opinions from the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas judges; we even Tweet out the latest court rule changes through our Court Capsules service.
From Firm Central law practice management software to an abundance of legal manuals and guides to our Gender Bias and Professional Ethics hotlines, the ACBA can connect you with the resources you need to practice law.
The ACBA is dedicated to promoting diversity in the legal profession. Overseen by our Director of Diversity and Gender Equality, we have a multiple subgroups and a full slate of programs and events dedicated to this important cause.
Membership has its privileges .... including discounts on everything from office supplies to rental cars to ABA books.


Any lawyer admitted to the bar of a state, territory, or possession of the United States, and who resides in or has his/her principal business office or place of law practice in Allegheny County.
Year Joined Dues Price
2018 Free*
2017 $100
2016 $125
2015 $150
2014 $175
2013 $200

Click here to apply online today. If you would like to download a PDF version of the application, go here.

*ACBA Membership year runs July 1 - June 30. Please pay dues based on the year that you were admitted to your first bar of any jurisdiction, even if other than Pennsylvania.
A government lawyer or judge is defined as a judge or lawyer who is employed full-time by a state, federal, or local government entity or agency, or works full-time for a state, federal, or local government entity or agency as an independent contractor. The lawyer also must be admitted to the bar of a state, territory, or possession of the United States and must reside in or have his/her principal business office or place of law practice in Allegheny County.
Year Dues
2018 Free*
2017 $95
2016 $110
2015 $120
2014 $130

Click here to apply online today. If you would like to download a PDF version of the application, go here.

*ACBA Membership year runs July 1 - June 30. Please pay dues based on the year that you were admitted to your first bar of any jurisdiction, even if other than Pennsylvania.
A legal services lawyer is defined as a lawyer who is employed full-time by a non-profit legal services entity such as Neighborhood Legal Services, KidsVoice, or Juvenile Court Project, or who works full-time as an independent contractor for such an entity. The lawyer also must be admitted to the bar of a state, territory, or possession of the United States and must reside in or have his/her principal business office or place of law practice in Allegheny County.
Year Dues
2018 Free*
2017 $80
2016 $90
2015 $100
2014 $110

Click here to apply online today. If you would like to download a PDF version of the application, go here.

*ACBA Membership year runs July 1 - June 30. Please pay dues based on the year that you were admitted to your first bar of any jurisdiction, even if other than Pennsylvania.
Any lawyer who is admitted to the bar of a state, territory or possession of the United States and who does not reside in, and does not have his or her principal business office or place of law practice in Allegheny County shall be eligible for associate membership. Associate members shall be entitled to the rights and privileges of active members except that associate members shall not have the right to vote or to hold office in the Association. An associate member may serve as a voting member of any committee of the Association, except the Judiciary and Nominating Committees.

Dues: $140 Regardless of year admitted

Click here to apply online today. If you would like to download a PDF version of the application, go here.

*ACBA Membership year runs July 1 - June 30. Please pay dues based on the year that you were admitted to your first bar of any jurisdiction, even if other than Pennsylvania.
—Any lawyer who is admitted to the bar of a state, territory, or possession of the United States, and who is not actively engaged in the practice of law but is still on active status with the Court and maintains a law license shall be eligible for Associate Nontraditional Membership. Associate Nontraditional Members shall be entitled to the rights and privileges of Active Members except that the Associate Nontraditional Members shall not have the right to vote or to hold office in the Association. An Associate Nontraditional Member may serve as a voting member of any Committee, Division or Section of the Association, except the Judiciary and Nominating Committees.

Dues: $140 Regardless of year admitted

Click here to apply online today. If you would like to download a PDF version of the application, go here.

*ACBA Membership year runs July 1 - June 30. Please pay dues based on the year that you were admitted to your first bar of any jurisdiction, even if other than Pennsylvania.
Any person who holds a JD degree from any ABA-accredited law school, but is not admitted to any court or bar of a state, territory or possession of the United States or is on inactive status with the court. Persons in this category may include retired lawyers, law professors, or persons in other professions using their JD degree but not admitted to practice by any court.Associate JD Membersshall be entitled to the rights and privileges of Active Members except that the Associate JD Members shall not have the right to vote or to hold office in the Association. An Associate JD Member may serve as a voting member of any Committee, Division, or Section of the Association, except the Judiciary and Nominating Committees.


Dues: $140 Regardless of year admitted

Click here to apply online today. If you would like to download a PDF version of the application, go here.

*ACBA Membership year runs July 1 - June 30. Please pay dues based on the year that you were admitted to your first bar of any jurisdiction, even if other than Pennsylvania.
Any person, not a lawyer, who is a District Justice in Allegheny County, or is the legal administrator of a law firm or law department, or is a member in good standing of the Pittsburgh Paralegal Association, shall be eligible to be an affiliate. An affiliate shall have the rights and privileges granted by the Board of Governors from time to time, except the right to vote or to hold office in the association. An affiliate member may serve as a voting member of any committee of the association, except the Judiciary and Nominating Committees.

Dues: $95 Regardless of year admitted

Click here to apply online today. If you would like to download a PDF version of the application, go here.

*ACBA Membership year runs July 1 - June 30. Please pay dues based on the year that you were admitted to your first bar of any jurisdiction, even if other than Pennsylvania.
Any person who is a law student attending an ABA-accredited law school shall be eligible for Law Student Membership. Membership shall include free enrollment in two (2) substantive law Sections and the right to choose up to three (3) Committees on which to participate. Law Student Members shall automatically be enrolled in: (1) the Young Lawyers Division (YLD), (2) the Women in the Law Division (WLD), if they self-identify as female; and (3) the Homer S. Brown Division (HSBD), if they self-identify as African American on their membership application form. Any Law Student Member may elect to join either the WLD or the HSBD. Division membership is free. Law Student Members shall be entitled to the rights and privileges of Active Members except that Law Student Members shall not have the right to vote or to hold office in the Association or serve as a voting member of any Committee, Division, or Section of the Association.

Dues: $30 Regardless of year admitted

Click here to apply online today. If you would like to download a PDF version of the application, go here.

*ACBA Membership year runs July 1 - June 30. Please pay dues based on the year that you were admitted to your first bar of any jurisdiction, even if other than Pennsylvania.

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