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

Call for Nominations: 2019 Liberty Bell Award

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 :

The Schenectady County Bar Association is seeking nominations for the 2019 Liberty Bell Award. Nominees should be people residing and/or working in Schenectady County who are NOT lawyers, but who support the ideals of freedom, the Courts and justice, whether or not they work in the judicial system directly or indirectly. 

Nominations should be sent by April 12 to the SCBA at The Award will be presented on Law Day, May 1, as part of the Association’s Law Day activities.

Call for Nominations 

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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, April 04, 2019 :
    CLE: Trusts & Estate/Elder Law and Litigation Seminar

    Day-long seminar 

    Trusts & Estates, Elder Law and Litigation Issues

    7.0 credit hours with 6.5 in professional practice and 0.5 in professional ethics

    Glen Sanders Mansion

    Agenda and registration here 

    RSVP requested by March 25

    Presented jointly by SCBA T&E/Elder Committee and Litigation Committee

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  • Thursday, April 18, 2019 :
    CLE: Update on Evidence

    Luncheon meeting at noon followed by CLE

    Terrace at Water's Edge Lighthouse, Glenville

    Update on Evidence CLE

    1.0 CLE credit hour - appropriate for all attorneys

    Speaker: Prof. Michael Hutter

    $25 members; $30 others

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  • Wednesday, May 08, 2019 :
    CLE: Real Estate Seminar

    Day-long seminar

    Multiple credits

    Glen Sanders Mansion

    Watch for agenda and registration info

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  • Thursday, June 13, 2019 :
    SCBA Annual Meeting

    Annual Meeting and elections

    Doors open 11:30 a.m. - meeting at noon

    Water's Edge Lighthouse Terrace Room, Glenville

    $25 members; $30 others - register at door

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