Projects and Programs

"Becoming" Series

The PBA Young Lawyers Division created the Becoming Series to help young and new lawyers excel in their practices and service to clients. It’s “virtual mentorship,” as you learn from others who have successfully forged their careers and want to help you do the same.

Mock Trial

One of the largest in the nation, the PBA/YLD Mock Trial Competition gives over 290 high school student teams from across the state the opportunity to act as lawyers and witnesses in simulated civil trials before actual judges and panels of juries. Lawyers volunteer to assist students as team advisors, scorekeepers and regional coordinators. Each year, the winning team goes on to represent Pennsylvania in the national competition.

At Issue
At Issue is the award-winning quarterly newsletter of the PBA/YLD. The newsletter is designed to provide commentary on and analysis of issues, trends and views that are important to young lawyers. The articles are written in an engaging feature style and photos are frequently displayed of events involving young lawyers.

Wills for Heroes
A program co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division, "Wills for Heroes" provides free basic estate planning documents to first responders and military veterans in Pennsylvania. "Wills for Heroes" provides police, fire, emergency medical personnel, other first responders and military veterans - those on the frontlines for our personal safety - the tools they need to prepare adequately for the future. Programs are staffed by lawyer volunteers and are conveniently offered to first responders at meeting halls and police and fire stations.

Young Lawyers Division E-Mentorship Program
The YLD E-Mentorship Program aims to foster relationships between 2L/3L law students/new lawyers and young lawyers in a low-stress setting.  We will initially connect law students and new lawyers with young lawyers electronically.  Mentors will reach out to mentees monthly with the goal for the relationship to develop based upon the individual mentors and mentees.  By fostering constructive mentoring relationships, the YLD E-Mentorship Program seeks to elevate the competence, professionalism, and success of Pennsylvania law students and new lawyers. 

If you have an interest in any of the programs, please contact YLD Coordinator Maria Engles at or 1-800-932-0311, Ext. 2223.



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Phone: 800-932-0311

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