About the Board Observer Program

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation, in partnership with the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association (YLD) and the Delivery of Legal Services Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association (DLSC), has developed the Board Observer Program (BOP), an initiative that gives young lawyers practicing in Philadelphia the opportunity to learn more about local public interest legal services organizations and to develop leadership skills necessary to serve on the boards of such organizations as well as succeed in their future careers. Earlier this year, the BOP won a national award from the National Conference of Bar Foundations for innovative and successful bar foundation/bar association partnerships.

Applications for the 2014-15 Program are now being accepted and must be submitted by September 26, 2014.  Please click here to view the Board Observer Program Overview.   For the Application, please click here.

If you are a Non-Profit Organization and would like to express an interest in participating in the Board Observer Program, please click here for the Expression of Interest Form.  This form must be submitted by September 19, 2014.

Non-profit organizations that are hosting young attorneys as board observers this year include: 

Canine Partners for Life

Centro Nueva Creacion

Chester Children’s Chorus

Community Legal Services

Court Appointed Special Advocates

Dignity Housing

Face to Face

Friends of Farmworkers

HIAS Pennsylvania 

Israeli Guide Dog Center for the Blind

Legal Clinic for the Disabled

Mazzoni Center

Nicole Canuso Dance Company

PA Health Law Project

PA Innocence Project

Philadelphia Bar Foundation

Philadelphia VIP

Public Interest Center of Philadelphia

Scenic Philadelphia

SeniorLAW Center

Support Center for Child Advocates

Theatre Horizon