Board Observer Program
Applications for the 2018 class are now open. Nonprofit organization Expression of Interest (EOI) applications are due Monday, September 11, 2017. Board Observer applications are due Monday, September 18, 2017. Download the applications below.
Please note: Nonprofits reapplying do NOT need to submit a new EOI application but will need to let us know of their intention to participate again.
The award-winning Board Observer Program serves a unique role for young lawyers and local nonprofit organizations. BOP gives young lawyers the opportunity to volunteer and serve on a nonprofit board of directors. Board Observers learn about local legal services organizations and other nonprofits. They also gain leadership skills and strengthen their professional networks in ways that help them succeed in their future careers. Participating nonprofits benefit from the energy and new ideas of these young lawyers.
BOP also strengthens the broader community of legal services organizations and other nonprofits. BOP is a partnership between the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, the Delivery of Legal Services Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association (DLSC), and the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association (YLD). Young lawyers experience first-hand the value of legal aid and other social services for people in need. After completing their BOP year, many Board Observers continue serving in nonprofit board and leadership roles. Board Observers have often initiated innovative fundraising and program ideas for nonprofits in the Philadelphia region.
BOP won the 2014 LexisNexis "Partnerships For Success" Award of the National Conference of Bar Foundations. The Award honors innovative and successful bar foundation/bar association partnerships.