Equal Access to Justice

We believe the Justice System works best when it works for everyone.

Supporting programs that increase the public’s understanding of the law and promote equal access to justice is the mission of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation


The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation was created in response to the organized bar’s desire to become more involved in public service.

  • We work to improve the public’s understanding of the law and our judicial system.
  • We strive to ensure citizens have full and equal access to justice through our legal system.


I extend a personal “Thank You” to each and every one of you for your support of the PA Bar Foundation, an organization that empowers our youth, supports pro bono efforts and local bar associations, and shapes the future of our profession.” ~Michael B. Jones, President

View the PA Bar Foundation’s 2023 Impact Statement.

View the PA Bar Foundation’s 2022 Impact Statement.

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Recognizing Pro Bono Service

Since 1989, the Louis J. Goffman Award has been given to an individual and/or an organization in recognition of outstanding pro bono service. Meet our past recipients

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Loan Repayment Assistance

Helping attorneys employed at IOLTA-funded legal services organizations across the state better manage their undergraduate and law school student loan debt so they can afford to remain in public service.

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Thank You, Fellows!
Thank you Law Firm Fellows!

These people are helping to make a better justice system through their generous contributions. Is your name on the list?

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Member Spotlight

The PBF is both honored and grateful for the leadership of some extraordinary individuals who serve our community.

You Can Make a Difference

Since 1984, the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation has served as a center of philanthropy for Pennsylvania’s legal community. Please join our efforts.



Supporting programs that increase the public’s understanding of the law and promote equal access to justice.

Life Fellow, Jay N. Silberblatt (left) and Commonwealth Club Fellow, Wesley R. Payne IV (right) present the 2023 Goffman Award to recipients David Trevaskis & Alison Smith.

Become a Foundation Fellow

You can be an individual member or a law firm member by signing up today.

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