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.


Seal of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

The Third Circuit Bar Association’s Committee on Court Rules and Procedures (Rules Committee) focuses on the Court of Appeals’ local rules of appellate procedure, internal operating procedures, and other Circuit-wide rules, procedures, forms, and standing orders. The Committee analyzes proposed changes to these rules and procedures, and drafts suggested comments on those proposals for submission to the Clerk by the Association’s Board of Governors. The Committee also attempts to make proactive suggestions from the perspective of appellate practitioners for improvement in the Court’s rules and procedures. Additionally, the Committee works with the Programs and Publications Committees and others to prepare materials, including newsletter articles, CLE presentations, and the 3CBA's Third Circuit Practice Guide, to educate our members about the Court’s rules and procedures and changes in them.

The Committee welcomes practitioners to join the Committee or to participate as needed in its work.  Please contact Carlo D. Marchioli or Howard J. Bashman if you are interested in helping.

The Rules Committee has prepared comments submitted by the 3CBA on proposed Circuit local rules and procedures covering a wide range of topics, including: 

  • 2023 proposed changes to the Court’s Local Appellate Rules concerning a new uniform 5 pm ET deadline for all filings (including electronic ones)
  • 2015 proposed changes to the Court’s Rules of Attorney Disciplinary Enforcement establishing a new inactive status for attorneys
  • 2011 proposed changes to the Court's Local Appellate Rules regarding taxation of printing costs and student practice
  • 2011 proposals concerning the submission, filing, and citation of the appendix
  • 2009 proposed changes to time periods in the Local Appellate Rules
  • 2009 comments on the Court’s two new appendix filing options
  • 2008 proposed changes to the Court's Local Appellate Rules mainly concerning the implementation of electronic filing
  • 2007 proposed Local Appellate Rule 112 governing certiorari review of decisions of the Virgin Islands Supreme Court

Our comments have been well-received and often largely adopted by the Court.  

Click here to join the 3CBA or renew your membership.
Online enrollment and payment
are now available.


CLE Opportunity

Meet the New Third Circuit Judges
September 28, 2023
U.S. Courthouse
Philadelphia, PA
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Preferred rate for 3CBA members – join or renew here!

CLE Opportunity

Gideon at Sixty:  Reflections on the Path to Fulfilling Its Promise
september 14, 2023
Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA
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News & Announcements FROM THE COURT

Amendments to Local Rules
5/02/2023 Public Notice
setting a uniform 5 pm ET deadline for all filings
Press Release

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