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Notice from the Court

Tentative Selection of Ashely M. Chan
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Vacancy Announcements

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Third Circuit
Practice Guide

We are pleased to present this guide to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. The guide provides straightforward answers to some of the more common questions we hear from lawyers whose practices may not take them to the Third Circuit on a regular basis. Complimentary hard copies will be mailed to all 3CBA members in the near future.
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Click to download the Third Circuit Bar Practice Guide as a PDF



Welcome to the Bar Association
of the Third Federal Circuit

Welcome to the Bar Association of the Third Federal Circuit (3CBA) web site, the Association for lawyers who practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Federal Circuit. With more than 700 members, including 98 Founding Members and 18 Founding Firms, the 3CBAís mission is to work with the Court to:

  • Improve the standards of federal practice
  • Develop improved rules of practice
  • Promote events and educational programs to aid the Court in the administration of justice
  • Facilitate Bench/Bar relations with the Third Circuit

We hope that you will explore this site and to learn about upcoming programs. We also hope that you will join the 3CBA and become an active member of our growing association. Click here for information about how to join the 3CBA.

Since our formation in 2007, the 3CBA has presented state of the art appellate programs in every corner of the Circuit – from Pennsylvania to the Virgin Islands – covering topics such as electronic filing, appellate motions practice, brief writing, and effective oral argument. We presented two panel programs, “Certification of State Law Questions to State Courts” and “Ethics in Appellate Advocacy” at the May 2009 Third Circuit Judicial Conference, which also featured addresses by Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice David Souter.

We also encourage our members to get involved with our committees.

  • The Rules Committee, co-chaired by Peter Goldberger and Deena Jo Schneider, provides input on proposed revisions of Courtís Local Rules.
  • The Programs Committee, chaired by Bob Graci, plans CLE events throughout the year.
  • Our quarterly Newsletter, edited by Colin Wrabley, provides a wealth of information about the Court and the 3CBA.

Our committee chairs welcome your involvement in shaping the activities of the 3CBA. Please also feel free to contact our Board of Governors, who welcome your input. If you practice in the Third Circuit, please consider this as your personal invitation to join us. Click here for more information about joining the 3CBA. On behalf of the officers and members of the 3CBA, we look forward to working with you, to getting to know you, and to your active involvement in our Association.



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