The Prince George's County Bar Association, founded in 1902, is a voluntary association for attorneys in and of Prince George's County. The PGCBA's membership is comprised of a wide spectrum of individuals representing not just the general practitioner of law (the largest majority) but also members of the judiciary, public officials, government attorneys (State's Attorney and County Attorney and staff), Public Defenders, quasi-public agency counsel(Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission), corporate house counsel, law professors and university staff, as well as law clerks and paralegals.
Prince George's County is part of a multi-jurisdictional metropolitan area and attracts as members those attorneys who live and work in the County as well as those whose practices cover a wide region within the State of Maryland, the District of Columbia and the neighboring Commonwealth of Virginia.
The PGCBA has long been recognized throughout the area as an association which, because of its moderate size, affords its members an extensive networking opportunity for interaction and camaraderie with their fellow attorneys. In addition, since members of the judiciary are active participants in the association and its programs who hold office and chair various committees and events, the general practitioner is afforded a unique opportunity to interact with members of the judiciary in a setting other than that of the formality and remoteness of the courtroom.
Further, the PGCBA provides a highly regarded program of continuing legal education seminars and substantive law articles in the newsletter which enhance the professionalism of its members. A series of meetings and special events afford members the opportunity to socialize with their colleagues in a non-adversarial environment.
For over a hundred years the PGCBA has been proud of its achievements, proud of its friendly reputation, and proud of its members.
Benefits of PGCBA Membership
Continuing Legal Education
Seminars provided preceding membership meetings and throughout the year by committees of the Litigation Section.
Code of Professionalism
One of the first and finest endorsed by a bar association encouraging members to uphold the highest ideals of the profession.
provides articles on substantive law and procedure, news of special seminars and committee activities, meeting and special events information, general member news
Membership Meetings & Special Events
Business meetings; judicial retirement events; Law Day activities; sports leagues & tournaments; Memorial Service; law-related activities for students (the Mock Trial Program and Law Links); legislative receptions; Law Practice 101 for the new lawyer, investiture for new judges
Sections and Committees
Specially structured to provide activities encompassing all aspects of the legal profession. There are committees to satisfy every member's interest -- substantive areas of law, new practitioners, member services, outreach to the community, social activities
Courthouse Law Library
Special PGCBA-provided services include computer assisted legal research, practice material, MICPEL audio & videotapes, FAX services, interlibrary loans, fee-based copy machine, TV/VCR and TV/DVD reservations
With the re-opening of the Duval Wing of the Courthouse, the “New and Improved: Attorney’s Lounge will be re-located on the 3rd Floor next to and across the hall from the Court Reporters’ Offices and will be available for use by all financial members of the Bar Association. The following are a few of the benefits that will be available to Bar Members in the Attorney’s Lounge:
- Private “attorneys only” area for use during business hours with:
Local telephone service
Wireless service and outlets for laptops
Reasonable priced copier and fax machine
- Private conference room, with conference table that seats 8, with telephone conference call capability
- Wall –mounted televisions with (basic) cable viewing (e.g., CNN)
- Private restroom
The conference room will be available for reservation on a first-come first-served basis. Reservations for the lounge will be made through the Bar Office. Bar members will receive a reduced fee for use of the conference room. (While attorneys can meet with clients in the conference room, clients will not be allowed to otherwise wait inside the Attorney’s Lounge.)
Courthouse Parking Permits
For PGCBA members' special attorney-only parking spaces at garage
Lawyer Referral Service
Provides panel members with client referrals
Cooperative Guidance Program
Provides daily legal assistance by experienced attorneys in specified fields
Provides new practitioners with one-on-one Mentor for information, general suggestions and advice
Ethics Hotline & Opinions
For immediate advice & follow-up written ethics opinions
Fee Disputes Arbitration
ByLaw-provided Committee provides resolution of fee disputes with clients
Provided by a special committee for informal resolution of minor complaints (other than fee disputes or Attorney Grievance Commission matters)
Members provide input on candidates for judicial vacancies
Lawyers In Need
A vital, confidential service provided in times of personal or professional crisis
Bar Association Conference Room
Available for depositions, hearings, conferences, meetings
Resume File/Placement Service
For attorneys, law students, paralegals and secretaries seeking employment
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