The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania is aided by select boards, committees, commissions and councils consisting of more than 180 appointed volunteers - most, but not all, are lawyers and judges.
The panels have a wide range of responsibilities and functions. Some make recommendations to the Court for amendments, revisions or simplification of court procedural rules. Others regulate the practice of law, oversee continuing legal education for lawyers and administer funds to assist individuals unable to pay for legal services. Still others advise on keeping the courts free of bias and discrimination and on long-range planning.
There are currently seven vacancies on these panels:
Disciplinary Board – Applicants must be members of the Pennsylvania Bar and be knowledgeable about the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct and Pennsylvania Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement.
Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee – Applicants should be knowledgeable about the Pennsylvania Rules of Juvenile Court Procedure and experienced in juvenile law practice in Pennsylvania, including dependency and delinquency matters.
PA Lawyers Fund for Client Security – There are two positions available: one position is for a lawyer-member and one position is for a non-lawyer member. Lawyer applicants should be knowledgeable about the practice of federal or state law in Pennsylvania and about a lawyer’s duties to clients. Non-lawyer applicants should have an interest in supporting public trust and confidence in the legal profession.
Board of Law Examiners – Applicants must be members of the Pennsylvania Bar or jurists. In addition, applicants should be knowledgeable about law school curriculum, legal practice and attorney ethical obligations. Please note that law school faculty may not serve on this Board. Additionally, applicants should not apply for a membership position if, during that position’s term of service, they will have immediate family members who will be taking the bar examination or seeking membership in the Pennsylvania Bar.
Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee – There are two positions available. Applicants should be knowledgeable about the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure governing domestic relations matters, and experienced in family law practice in Pennsylvania.
For application information, click here. Applications are due January 31, 2019.