Articles of Incorporation

To All to Whom These Presents Shall Come:

WHEREAS, the Pennsylvania Bar Association was incorporated on July 9, 1895 under the act of April 29, 1874 (P. L. 73, No. 32), known as the Corporation Act of 1874, pursuant to a decree of the Court of Common Pleas of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, entered July 1, 1895 at No. 153, September Term, 1895, and recorded in the Office for the Recording of Deeds in and for Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, in Charter Book F, page 6 ff.;

AND WHEREAS, it is the purpose of these presents to make certain improvements, amendments and alterations in the Articles of Incorporation of said Association and, as so improved, amended and altered, to restate the Articles in their entirety;

NOW THEREFORE, KNOW ALL PERSONS, THAT THE PENNSYLVANIA BAR ASSOCIATION does under the provisions of the Nonprofit Corporation Law of 1972, 15 Pa. C.S. 7301 et seq., hereby adopt this instrument as the amended and restated Articles of Incorporation thereof and does accept the same in lieu of the Articles heretofore in force:


The name of the corporation is PENNSYLVANIA BAR ASSOCIATION.


The location and post office address of the registered office of the corporation in this Commonwealth is 100 South Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17108.


The corporation is incorporated under the non-profit corporation law of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and pursuant to Section 50l(c)(6) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code for the following purposes:

  • to propound the precepts of the Rule of Law
  • to advance the science and art of jurisprudence
  • to support and promote a diverse and inclusive system of justice
  • to support and promote the equal administration of justice for all and that no one on account of poverty be denied their legal rights
  • to support and promote a thorough and continuing legal education
  • to uphold the honor and dignity of the Bar by supporting and promoting civility and professionalism in the practice of law and with the judiciary and community
  • to serve as the organization most broadly representative of the members of the bar of this Commonwealth
  • to honor and preserve the history of the profession and the legacy of its members
  • to uphold and defend the independence of the Judiciary
  • to secure proper legislation in support of all these purposes

The corporation and its subsidiaries shall act for the purposes stated above, and shall not take any action inconsistent with these purposes.


The term for which the corporation is to exist is perpetual.


The corporation is organized upon a nonstock basis.