Welcome to the Brehon Law Society!

Founded in 1976, the Brehon Law Society is a professional association that fosters the profession of law among individuals of Irish ancestry. The Society is comprised of judges, lawyers, law students and their friends. The Society provides a forum for educational, cultural and social activities concerning Irish heritage and tradition. We also seek to promote closer affiliations between the bench, the bar, students of law and the community, and to further a high standard of legal ethics.

Over the past 35 years, the Society has grown from a handful of lawyers to over 500 members and now has branches in many of the law schools in the greater Philadelphia region.


The Brehon Law Society Cordially Invites all Members


TUESDAY,  July 12th
5:30 -7:30
McGillin’s Olde Ale House
1310 Drury Street

Complimentary light food and snacks, reasonable cash bar!

The Brehon Law Society has been proudly working with Griffith College in placing Irish law students in Summer internships with Philadelphia judges.  This year, the Brehons have successfully placed 8 interns with our local judges.  This is an excellent program and has been recognized by the Head of the Law Program for Griffith College.
For more information on Griffith College,
please click here:

Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of these students.   Please reach out to another Brehon and personally invite them.  Let’s try to get a great group together to welcome the Irish students!

Jim Quinlan, Esq


The Philadelphia Bar Association will be hosting its Quarterly luncheon on June 22nd at noon.  Judge Pamela Dembe will be receiving the prestigious Sandra Day O’Connor award given to a woman in the profession who has shown dedication to leading, mentoring, and supporting female attorneys.  Judge Dembe is a past Brehon President and a Brehon loyalist.  She has appeared to speak for the women of the Brehons as well.

I solicited interest for a Brehon table at the Quarterly. As of now, the table is filled.  There is also a waitlist.

Promo is below.

Many thanks and please forward to anyone I may have missed.

Maureen Farrell, Vice President, Brehon Law Society

Philadelphia Bar Association
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Quarterly Meeting & Luncheon - June 22, 2016 - Featuring Keynote Speaker William G. Bowen Ph.D. and Receiving the Sandra Day O'Connor Award Pamela P. Dembe

Quarterly Meeting & Luncheon
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Featuring Keynote Speaker
William G. Bowen Ph.D.
speaker photoWilliam G. Bowen Ph.D., president emeritus of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and former president of Princeton University, will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Philadelphia Bar Association’s June Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Wednesday, June 22 at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Judge Legrome D. Davis of the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District for Pennsylvania will make special remarks to introduce Bowen.

At the Mellon Foundation, Bowen created an in-house research program to investigate doctoral education, collegiate admissions, independent research libraries and charitable nonprofits. Author and co-author of books including “The Shape of the River: Long-Term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions,” Bowen has received honorary degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, Morehouse College and many more. In 2013, he received the 2012 Presidential Medal for the Humanities.

Judge Dembe has served as a mentor and role model to many aspiring woman attorneys. She is a Past President of the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges, the Brehon Law Society, Conference of Metropolitan Courts, Temple American Inn of Court and the Friends of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Additionally she serves as the chairwoman of the Free Library of Philadelphia Board of Trustees. Judge Dembe was elected to the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in 1989 after a decade-long career in general practice representing a diverse client base in state and Federal Court on the trial and appellate levels. She was elected to President Judge of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in 2008 and held this position until 2013.

The Sandra Day O’Connor Award is presented to a woman attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments and has furthered the advancement of women in both the profession and the community.

New members of the Association’s 50-, 60-, 65-, 70- and 75-Year Clubs will also be honored at the event. The Year Clubs recognize attorneys who have been practicing law for 50 years or more. Click here to purchase tickets.Registration:
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

12:00 p.m.

Hyatt at The Bellevue
Broad and Walnut Streets
Grand Ballroom

Tickets are $65 for members, $90 for non-members, $55 for public interest & government members and $55 for YLD members.
Special law student rate of $25 also available.

Sponsored by:

PNC Wealth Management

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Dear Colleague:

The Philadelphia Bar Association values its longstanding partnership with the Brehon Law Society, and our shared commitment to access to justice and service to the community and the profession. As a member of the Brehon Law Society, your active participation in the Philadelphia Bar Association is vital to our success.

If you are not currently a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, I hope you’ll consider the many advantages of membership, including:

  • Free and Low-Cost CLE Courses – Receive SIX free CLE credits as part of your membership, and have access to high-quality CLE courses throughout the year.*
  • Networking Opportunities and Potential Referral Sources – Attend daily Section or Committee breakfast or lunch programs, evening receptions and special events and meet other lawyers who can help open the door to business development opportunities. Network with attorneys in more than 50 practice areas at hundreds of annual events. Work side-by-side with judges to enact positive change in local, state and federal rules and procedures.
  • Leadership Opportunities – Join the leadership ranks of our Sections, chair one of more than 100 Committees, lead an Association program, community service project or charitable event, or run for elected office as a Board of Governors member or line officer.
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You can easily join the Philadelphia Bar Association, or renew your membership, by clickinghere, or by visiting PhiladelphiaBar.org. Please call Andrea Morris-Tracey, our Member Services Manager, at 215-238-6313 or email her at amorris@philabar.org if you have any questions or if we can be of further assistance. We look forward to serving you in the future.


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Gaetan J. Alfano
Chancellor, Philadelphia Bar Association

* As part of your membership, enjoy high-quality, low-cost CLE programming throughout the year with the added benefit of receiving six free CLE credits. The Philadelphia Bar Association will offer free two-credit CLE programs at three intervals during the year, including on May 4, 5, and 7.