Legislative Advocacy

PBA Family Law Section Chair Hillary Moonay and Immediate Past Chair Darren Holst testified before the State House Judiciary Committee in support of HB 2018, which proposes reducing custody hearing factors from 16 to 12. View or read the June 18 testimony. Above, from left: Rep. Tim Briggs, PBA Legislative Director Anna Malcein King, Moonay, Montgomery County Judge Daniel Clifford, Luzerne County Judge Tarah Toohil and Holst.

From left: PBA President Mike McDonald, President-elect Nancy Conrad, U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon and PBA Past Presidents Kathleen Wilkinson and Tom Wilkinson meet to talk about the issues in Rep. Scanlon’s Capitol Hill office during the 2024 ABA Day on the Hill program.


From left: Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN) Board President Regina Foley, PBA Past President Tom Wilkinson, PBA President-elect Nancy Conrad, PBA President Mike McDonald, PBA Past President Kathleen Wilkinson and PLAN Interim Executive Director James DeAngelo prepare to visit all 19 offices of the Pennsylvania federal legislative delegation during the 2024 ABA Day on the Hill program.


From left: Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN) Board President Regina Foley, PBA President-elect Nancy Conrad, PBA Past Presidents Kathleen Wilkinson and Tom Wilkinson and PLAN Interim Executive Director James DeAngelo at U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s Capitol Hill Office during the 2024 ABA Day on the Hill program.


PBA Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs John Basial and Manny Burton, staffer for U.S. Rep. Chris Deluzio, on Capitol Hill.

The Pennsylvania Bar Association is the recognized voice of the legal profession in Pennsylvania and takes seriously the responsibility attendant to this role. PBA staff lobbyists work closely with legislators and staff to develop and advocate for legislation and to communicate PBA policy positions. The legislative staff also connects legislators with PBA’s legal experts on a wide range of issues. The legislative staff is experienced, involved and effective.