Public Programs

The Crawford County Bar Association offers many services for our citizens. In addition to a directory of attorneys and an avenue for legal notices, we provide pro-bono services for veterans, first responders, and people in need. We also sponsor numerous public service events, including candidate forums and informative programs.

Wills for Heroes

In the past few decades, local bar associations have been made acutely aware of the needs of our communities’ first responders and veterans, especially those currently fighting for our nation overseas. That is why the CCBA is proud to follow the national trend of hosting clinics where any veteran or first responder can come and get a will done free of charge. Wills for Heroes is a national program that locally is spearheaded by the Young Lawyers Division of the bar association. Come back and check our News & Events page for updates on when the next clinic will be or contact the bar association to request that information.

Pro Bono Legal Representation

Legal services are expensive. Complicated, heated legal disputes can make services even more costly. That high cost cannot, by itself, make the problem go away. This problem is why members of the CCBA have signed up to offer free legal services to those who can show a demonstrated financial need. This program is for civil matters only. In criminal court, the only place to go for free legal counsel is still the Crawford County Office of the Public Defender. For civil matters, we encourage you to go to the Law Library in the Crawford County Judicial Center. The Law Library is on Level 2, the level you come in on. Either visit or call the Crawford County’s law librarian to see if you qualify for services through this program.

Judicial Candidates Forum

Every year, Pennsylvanians are asked to go to the polls to elect Judges to the Superior and Commonwealth Courts and Justices to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. During this time, Crawford County gets to play host to a unique event. Each election, on the last Friday of fair week, candidates come to the Meadville Country Club for a forum where they make a short speech about their candidacy. After the lunch and speeches, the candidates will often make their way to the fair. While the forum itself is open only to members, it is recorded and played several times on both Armstrong Cable Access and PCN. We encourage members of the public to catch the forum. It is likely the only time you will see all candidates together in one place during campaign season.