SCBA in Service to the Community

The Schenectady County Bar Association provides a variety of initiatives in service to the community through attorneys who volunteer their time and experience. Among these initiatives:

  • Modest means panel providing reduced fee service to Family Court and Matrimonial litigants with cases pending in Schenectady County available to those eligible under income guidelines. Learn more
  • Law Day activities that include “Ask-a-Lawyer” opportunities to inquire about basic legal questions; educational presentations to the public and students, and Liberty Bell Award recognition of non-lawyers for service to the justice system.  

  • Coaching and guiding students in Schenectady County high schools in preparing for the High School Mock Tournament held across the state.
  • Speakers to community and educational organizations – contact if your civic or nonprofit organization or school would like a speaker on the justice system

  • SCCC scholarship – The Association sponsors the Schenectady County Bar Association Scholar Award at Schenectady Community College – awarded to a Schenectady County resident with preference to a student in the AAS paralegal program. Learn more

  • Law student scholarship – SCBA administers the John Alexander Scholarship Fund, created through the Will of Elizabeth Alexander, widow of John Alexander to provide scholarships for Schenectady County residents who are full-time candidates for Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Law degree from an accredited law school in New York State. Inquiries and applications can be made to Alexander Scholarship Fund, Supreme Court Chambers, 612 State Street, Schenectady NY 12305. Applications are due by December 1 for scholarships awarded in the next calendar year.

  • Schenectady County attorneys also participate in the NYSBA Lawyer Referral Service – 1-800-342-3661 – Learn more

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

    Panelists: Judge Joseph M. Sise, Judge Ann C. Crowell and Judge Matthew J. Sypniewski, Supreme Court; Judge Vincent W. Versaci, Surrogate Court; Judge Jill S. Polk, Family Court; Judge Mark J. Caruso, City Court

    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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