The Lehigh Valley Consortium of Professional Organizations (LVCPO) is an ad hoc organization comprised of the following:
Bar Association of Lehigh County (BALC)
Since the turn of the century, the Bar Association of Lehigh County has provided service and assistance to the area’s lawyers and the community.
The association was officially chartered in 1905 “to advance the science of jurisprudence and the administration of justice, to encourage a thorough legal education, to uphold the honor and dignity of the bar, to cultivate social and professional association among its members, to assist the courts in the orderly and efficient administration of justice and to perpetuate the history of the profession and the memory of its members within this judicial district.”
Today, the association maintains offices and meeting facilities at 1114 West Walnut Street in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Services include Continuing Legal Education, a Lawyer Referral Service, Lehigh Law Journal publication, and Barristers Club banquet and meeting facilities.
Estate Planning Council of the Lehigh Valley (EPC of LV)
The Estate Planning Council of the Lehigh Valley was founded in 1967. A group of ten estate planning professionals (Attorneys, Accountants, Life Underwriters and Trust Officers) met at the Livingston Club on 7th Street in Allentown, PA to form the organization. Robert H. Littner, Esquire, wrote the first by-laws that are still in effect today after several amendments. Harry Hauck, Trust Officer, was elected the first president for the 1967-1968 term. Attorney Littner became the second president for the term 1968-1969. The Council continued to meet at the historic Livingston Club for a number of years thereafter. Since its organization meeting in 1968, the Presidency of the Estate Planning Council of the Lehigh Valley has rotated among the four original professional disciplines as per the original By-Laws.
Today, the Council has been expanded to include Planned Giving and Development Professionals and Associate professionals who are engaged in estate planning. Currently, the Estate Planning Council of the Lehigh Valley holds it’s Board meetings at Kirkland Village in the Skylight Dining Room, 1 Kirkland Village Circle, Bethlehem, PA. and Membership meetings at various rotating locations in the Lehigh Valley.
National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors (NAIFA LV)
NAIFA comprises more than 700 state and local associations representing the interests of 200,000 members and their associates nationwide. NAIFA members focus their practices on one or more of the following: life insurance and annuities, health insurance and employee benefits, multiline, and financial advising and investments. The Association’s mission is to advocate for a positive legislative and regulatory environment, enhance business and professional skills, and promote the ethical conduct of its members.
The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors protects and promotes the critical role of insurance in a sound financial plan and the essential role provided by our professional agents and advisors.
The mission of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors is to advocate for a positive legislative and regulatory environment, enhance business and professional skills, and promote the ethical conduct of our members.
Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants of the Lehigh Valley (PICPA LV)
The Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) is a professional association of more than 20,000 CPAs working together to improve the profession and better serve the public interest. Founded in 1897, the PICPA is the second-oldest CPA organization in the United States. Membership includes practitioners in public accounting, industry, government, and education. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PICPA has a government relations office in Harrisburg and a western regional office in Pittsburgh.
Affiliation with the PICPA represents commitment to the CPA profession, including adherence to the Code of Professional Conduct and to a stringent set of professional and technical standards. In addition to ensuring that standards are met, the PICPA provides information and resources that enable CPAs to enhance the quality of their services.
PICPA’s founding purpose—preserving and promoting the interests of CPAs and the profession—serves to improve the industry, maintain the profession’s integrity, and provide better products for businesses and the public.
The mission of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants is to further the well-being of its members, while upholding the public interest by:
- Enhancing quality services founded on professional competence, integrity, and objectivity.
- Serving as an advocate for, and promoting the public image of, its members.
- Articulating positions on professional and public issues where the expertise of CPAs is relevant.
Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) is a trade association representing over 2,000 real estate professionals throughout Lehigh, Northampton, and Carbon counties. GLVR’s mission is to enhance its members’ ability to conduct business professionally and advocate for REALTORS® and private property rights. REALTORS® are distinguished from real estate licensees by subscribing to a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
GLVR is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors and managed by an appointed Chief Executive Officer. GLVR provides professional development and training resources, competitive market information, legislative advocacy, a peer review and mediation process for members, and a dispute resolution service for consumers. The Association owns and operates the Lehigh Valley Multiple Listing Service (MLS), the Lehigh Valley Real Estate Academy – which offers continuing education, pre-licensing and Broker courses – and publishes the Lehigh Valley Real Estate Weekly
Society of Professional Engineers of the Lehigh Valley (SPE LV)
The Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers (PSPE) is a non-profit organization devoted exclusively to the professional, educational and social interests of all engineers regardless of employment or technical discipline.
The Lehigh Valley Chapter is very active in supporting PSPE and our local activities. Monthly membership meetings are generally held on the third week of the month from September through May. They include technical speakers, plant tours, holiday socials and awards banquets. Special activities include the MATHCOUNTS competition for 7th and 8th graders that is held in February and our annual golf outing.