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.

The Clerk’s Office of the Third Circuit:
What’s Going on in There?

CLE Opportunity
Live Webinar
March 20, 2024
12:00 p.m.

In a one-hour conversation with Patricia (Trish) Dodszuweit, Clerk of Court for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, learn the ins and outs of the Court’s processing of appeals, from filing the notice of appeal to issuance of the mandate. Trish will explain the steps involved and the staff attached to each, and she’ll provide practical tips for navigating the non-legal details of how her Office shepherds a case through the appellate process. If you are a new appellate practitioner or a seasoned visitor to the Court, join us to learn how to facilitate your end of the appellate process so that you are able to enjoy the pleasure of litigating before the Third Circuit.


  • Laura S. Irwin is a 1991 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. After a two-year clerkship on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, she entered private practice in Pittsburgh. In 2000, she attained her goal of becoming an Assistant United States Attorney, joining the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Pennsylvania. In 2004, she moved to the Appellate Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and, in 2018, she became the Chief of the Appellate Division. In this capacity, she has served as a member of the Appellate Chiefs Working Group, an advisory committee of the Department of Justice.
  • Patricia Dodszuweit (Trish) has served as the Clerk of Court for the Third Circuit for the past 6 years. Prior to being named the Clerk, she served as the Chief Deputy clerk for 11 years. She received her B.A. in Criminal Justice from Salve University and her J.D. from the Catholic University of America.
Prices (to obtain the preferred rate for 3CBA members, join or renew here!)

Members of the Third Circuit Bar Association and/or Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA)






CLE Details:

Pennsylvania attorneys will be eligible to receive 1.0 substantive credit, reported to the Pennsylvania CLE Board by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI). Please note that the Third Circuit Bar Association has not obtained accreditation or approval for this program from the bar/CLE authorities of Delaware, New Jersey, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or any other state or territory except Pennsylvania. Attendees registered outside Pennsylvania should contact their state or territorial bar/CLE authority to determine whether they may self-report attendance or otherwise obtain credit for this program. By proceeding with registration, you acknowledge and agree that the Third Circuit Bar Association is not responsible for taking any action other than reporting your attendance, through its partner the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI), to the Pennsylvania CLE Board, within thirty days of this program.