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Our History

York County attorneys have a proud heritage of serving the community, dating back even before the formal organization of the Bar Association in 1881. Colonial-era attorneys include James Smith, signer of the Declaration of Independence, David Grier, elected member of the first Congress, and Thomas Hartley, one of the first lawyers admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Throughout our history, York attorneys have helped to shape our community by counseling individuals, municipalities, corporations, religious and educational institutions, and charitable, civic and cultural organizations.

Mission Statement

The York County Bar Association is a non-profit professional membership association of attorneys and judges. It exists to serve the needs of the lawyers, judges and public of York County.

The Association and its members have dedicated themselves to the following general purposes:  

  • Providing services and benefits to member attorneys to enable their successful practice of law;
  • Promoting a legal and judicial system where the rights of all persons can be asserted, defined and protected;
  • Rendering assistance to the various courts before which we practice, thereby helping to improve the quality of justice;
  • Developing mutual trust and confidence among the members of the Bar, between the Bench and the Bar, and between the Bar and the community at large;
  • Educating the public on legal matters;
  • Striving for the highest standards of ethical conduct;
  • Ensuring quality continuing legal programs for the members;
  • Providing legal representation of the indigent.
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