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 legal aid and other non-profit organizations, to develop leadership skills necessary to serve on the such boards and to succeed in their future careers. In the past, the BOP has won a national award from the National Conference of Bar Foundations for innovative and successful bar foundation/bar association partnerships.

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

Canine Partners for Life

Columbia North YMCA

Committee of Seventy

Community Legal Services

Court Appointed Special Advocates

Dignity Housing

Disability Rights Network

Esperanza Immigration Legal Services

Friends of Chester A. Arthur School Foundation

Friends of Farmworkers


Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind

Legal Clinic for the Disabled

Lutheran Settlement House

Military Assistance Project

Nationalities Service Center

Opera House

PA Health Law Project

PA Innocence Project

Pennsylvania Lawyers for Youth

Philadelphia Bar Foundation

Philadelphia VIP

Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia

Rebuilding Together Philadephia

Scenic Philadelphia

SeniorLAW Center

Support Center for Child Advocates

St. Christopher's Foundation for Children

The Print Center

The Kimmel Center