| Room 23 |
Luzerne County Courthouse
200 North River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711-1001
| Fax: 570-822-8210 |
The Luzerne Legal Register On Line
The Luzerne Legal Register is the official legal journal of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. The Register is published by the Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association every Friday in 6x9 paper booklet form and on this website.
To view the current electronic pdf version of the Register, click on “Law Register” in the page directory to the right, or click below where it says, “Luzerne Legal Register” in blue and underlined. For back issues in paperback form or in pdf electronic form contact the Association offices at (570) 822-6712.
Brief History of the W-BLLA
The Wilkes-Barre Law and Library Association is the official name of the Luzerne County Bar Association. Located in the Law Library and adjacent Room 23 on the Second Floor of the Luzerne County Courthouse in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, the Bar Association is one of the oldest county bar associations in the United States.
Founded on June 18, 1850 as the ‘Wilkes-Barre Law Association,’ the name of the association was altered in 1855 to the ‘Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association’ to reflect the important role of the operation of a community law library for its member attorneys, the Court of Common Pleas, and the public. Originally, housed in the Third Courthouse that existed on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre from 1859 to1909, the Law Library has grown over the years.
Today, the Law Library contains over 20,000 volumes of law books, reports, and journals. The Law Library was rededicated following the death of United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit Judge, the Honorable Max Rosenn. It was named as a memorial to this great Pennsylvania and American jurist.
In addition to operating the Hon. Max Rosenn Memorial Law Library, the Bar Association (as stated above) also operates the Luzerne Legal Register, the law journal of Luzerne County and the official reporter of the decisions of the Court of Common Pleas of Luzerne County. [To go directly to the current Register issue click on the underlined text in the previous sentence.] In addition to common law case decisions, the Register also publishes legal news and notices (including incorporations, change of name, lawsuits, sheriff property mortgage foreclosures, real estate tax sales, etc.) and advertisements relating to the Court and legal profession of Luzerne County.
A modern-day Lawyer Referral Service is also operated out of the Law Library for people who need a lawyer but do not know whom to call. Please see, “Services” listed in the web page directory to the right for more information about the Referral Service.
Other services (listed in detail on the “Services” web page) include a Fee Dispute Committee to help resolve billing disputes between clients and member attorneys of the Association, and a confidential referral service for complaints involving alleged lawyer misconduct to the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and alleged misconduct of judges to the Court of Judicial Discipline of Pennsylvania.
Organization: The Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association is presently governed by a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and an Executive Committee, consisting of five members. The officers and Executive Committee are elected to one year terms beginning at the Annual Meeting of the Association held in January.
For the current listings of Bar Association Officers and Executive Committee members, please click on the “Officers” button to the right.
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