The Schenectady County Bar Association

The Schenectady County Bar Association is an Association of lawyers, mindful of their unique role in the relationship between the community and the law. The Association is formed to facilitate the administration of justice, elevate the standards of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession, promote the interests and welfare of the profession, particularly of the practicing lawyer, and cherish the spirit of collegiality among its members. The SCBA was incorporated in 1916 as a nonprofit corporation.


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News and Updates

SCBA Presents May 1, 2018 Law Day Celebration


Saturday, April 28, 2018 :

The Schenectady County Bar Association will be observe Law Day at a special Naturalization Ceremony on May 1, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. at Schenectady City Hall. In addition, the Schenectady County League of Women Voters will present information on its Citizenship Mentoring program as well as providing an opportunity for citizens, new and old, to register to vote. The Bar Association also will present the Liberty Bell Award, which is given to a non-lawyer in recognition of his or her contributions to the justice system and support of the ideals of freedom and justice. This year’s recipient is Wales Brown.  The Hon. Vincent J. Reilly Jr., retired Supreme Court Judge, will be honored for his years of service to the naturalization program. The public is invited to attend.


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New SCBA Benefit: Casemaker Legal Research


Monday, March 27, 2017 :


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Schenectady County Bar Association Celebrates 100th Anniversary


Wednesday, March 16, 2016 :

100th Anniversary

The Schenectady County Bar Association is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The SCBA has been providing professional and community service since incorporated in 1916, including continuing legal education, mentoring, public information and legal services programs.

“I am particularly proud to be leading the Schenectady County Bar at this time as we celebrate one hundred years of promoting the legal profession and the administration of justice,” said the SCBA President, the Hon. Mark L. Powers, Schenectady County Family Court Judge and Acting Supreme Court Justice. “We look forward to exploring new ways of furthering the goals of our association while honoring its history.”

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Join the Schenectady County Bar Association


Sunday, February 14, 2016 :

Join us! Membership in the Schenectady County Bar Association is open to persons admitted to the practice of law in New York State or other state or country. Learn more about membership here and here .

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Seeking Legal Assistance?


Sunday, February 14, 2016 :

Legal services contacts:

Schenectady County Bar Association Modest Means Program for matrimonial matters

-  Lawyer referral for other matters – contact NYSBA Lawyer Referral Service

Legal Aid/Legal Assistance resources and contacts

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Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, September 13, 2018 :
    View From Bench CLE and Luncheon Meeting

    Doors open 11:30 a.m.; luncheon meeting at noon followed by CLE

    Terrace at Water's Edge Lighthouse, Glenville

    Panel of judges - 1.0 CLE - areas of professional practice

    Presented in collaboration with the Capital District Italian-American Bar Association

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  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018 :
    Retirement event for Hon. Barry Kramer

    Retirement event for Hon. Barry Kramer

    6 p.m. Glen Sanders Mansions, Scotia

    Watch for update.

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