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.

Meet the New Third Circuit Judges

September 28, 2023 • 3-5 p.m. (Eastern) with Reception to Follow 5-7 p.m. (Eastern)
James A. Byrne United States Courthouse
601 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA  19106

‍Join the Third Circuit Bar Association for a two-hour continuing legal education program from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern) September 28, 2023, at the United States Courthouse in Philadelphia. The program will include introductions of the judges and discussions about their new roles on the Court and their suggested best practices for lawyers appearing before the Court. The Third Circuit Bar Association will offer a reception following the CLE program. (Please note that, because of scheduling conflicts, not all of the more recently appointed judges will be able to participate and some may participate remotely.) The Pennsylvania and New Jersey CLE boards have approved this program for two substantive credit hours. It is anticipated that lawyers in Delaware and the U.S. Virgin Islands will be able to apply for credit individually.


Biographical Sketch Introductions of New Judges
  • Hon. Stephanos Bibas
  • Hon. David J. Porter
  • Hon. Peter J. Phipps
  • Hon. Arianna J. Freeman
  • Hon. Cindy K. Chung
Observations from the new Judges
  • Settling in as a new Judge
  • Adjustments from Prior Careers
  • Biggest surprises
Tips, Pet Peeves, and Best Practices
  • Briefing Preferences
  • Oral Argument Preferences
  • Motions/Duty preferences
Bench/Bar Relations
  • What can the organized bar do to work better with the court
Prices (to obtain the preferred rate for 3CBA members, join or renew here!)

Students (limited to 10)


3CBA members




Non-3CBA government and public interest lawyers and academics


All others


Notice Regarding Financial Hardship

Within two weeks of any CLE event, an lawyer may apply in writing for a reduced fee or a complete waver on the basis of financial hardship.