Upcoming Events

2020 Third Circuit Judicial Conference
May 13 - 15, 2023
Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing
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Notice from the Court

Tentative selection of Stacey L. Meisel
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Tentative selection of Jerrold N. Poslusny, Jr.
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Tentative selection of Laurie Selber Silverstein
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Tentative selection of Vincent F. Papalia
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Tentative Selection of Ashely M. Chan
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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 hundreds of members, including 98 Founding Members and 18 Founding Firms, the 3CBA’s 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 join us 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. Most recently, we are providing CLE presentations for the 2017 Third Circuit Judicial Conference on "Professional Ethics in Appellate Advocacy" and "What Attorneys Hope Judges Know and Vice Versa." We have also developed the Third Circuit Practice Guide and publish "On Appeal," a periodic newsletter keeping our members informed of recent developments. Please feel free to contact any of our officers or Board of Governors, who welcome your input. We look forward to working with you, to getting to know you, and to your active involvement in our Association.

Board of Governors

David R. Fine 
K&L Gates LLP
Harrisburg, PA
Matthew Stiegler 
Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office
Philadelphia, PA
Nilam A. Sanghvi
Pennsylvania Innocence Project
Philadelphia, PA
Acting Treasurer:
Matthew Stiegler
Philadelphia District Attorney's Office
Philadelphia, PA
Immediate Past President:
Deena Jo Schneider
Wynnewood, PA
Board District Seats
District of Delaware:
Anne Shea Gaza 
Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP
Wilmington, DE
District of New Jersey:
Lisa J. Rodriguez
Dilworth Paxson LLP
Cherry Hill, NJ
Eastern District of Pennsylvania:
Howard J. Bashman
Law Offices of Howard J. Bashman
Fort Washington, PA
Middle District of Pennsylvania:
Carlo D. Marchioli 
U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
Harrisburg, PA
Western District of Pennsylvania:
Renee Pietropaolo 
Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, PA
District of Virgin Islands: 
Namosha Boykin
‍The Boykin Law Firm
St. Thomas, VI
Board At-Large Seats
Jonathan R. Bruno
U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, PA

Ilana H. Eisenstein 
DLA Piper LLP (US)
Philadelphia, PA
Laura S. Irwin 
U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, PA
Karl S. Myers 
Stevens & Lee
Philadelphia, PA
Click here to join the 3CBA or renew your membership.
Online enrollment and payment
are now available.



The Clerk's Office of the Third Circuit:
What's Going on in There?
March 20, 2024
12:00 p.m.
Live Online Webinar
*Details forthcoming*

RECENT CLE Opportunity

Meet the New Third Circuit Judges
september 28, 2023
U.S. Courthouse
Philadelphia, PA
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News & Announcements

Updates Regarding Local Rules and Procedures
The Court of Appeals has adopted format standards and procedures for the submission of audio and video files.

The grace period for the revised Third Circuit L.A.R. 26 ended on December 31, 2023. Starting January 1, 2024, documents received after 5:00 p.m. ET on the final day for filing will not be considered timely with limited exceptions and a motion to file out of time will be required.

Third Circuit Practice Guide

We are pleased to publish a 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. We are in the process of creating a new updated edition and will post it here when it is completed.

Download the Guide