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PBA Online Dues Billing
As part of the PBA "go green" effort, members who are billed individually by the PBA are receiving their 2015 dues invoices via email. The electronic notice includes a link for quick dues payment. Lawyers billed through unit counties or law firms are not receiving their invoices by email; their invoices continue to be processed through their respective county bar associations or law firms. Another "go green" feature: Each PBA member may print his or her own membership card and PBI discount coupon, accessible by clicking on links included in a thank-you email sent after 2015 dues are paid online or by accessing the member's personal "My Dashboard" page via the MEMBER LOGIN link at top right of the PBA home page.

Appellate Court Candidates Urged to Submit Completed JEC Questionnaires Now
Those filing as candidates for the open Pennsylvania appellate court seats in the 2015 primary election who have not obtained and submitted an evaluation questionnaire to the PBA Judicial Evaluation Commission (JEC) should do so immediately. Click here for more information on the evaluation process and on how to obtain the questionnaire and other materials. Completed questionnaires are due for submission to the JEC now!
2015 Midyear Meeting in Jamaica, Jan. 27-31
Register now to attend the 2015 PBA Midyear Meeting at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa, Montego Bay, Jamaica, Jan. 27-31. Get the event brochure. Registrations received after Dec. 17 will be accepted on a space-available basis and may not qualify for PBA rates.

Other Meetings, Events
For links to additional information on events, in some cases including online registration, click on the EVENTS CALENDAR at upper right and go to the event date(s).
     Women in the Profession Full Commission Meeting: At three locations: Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh; Jan. 12, 2015. Get more information, including the response form.
Family Law Section Winter Meeting: Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square; Jan. 16-18, 2015. Get the event brochure. Register online.
     Civil Litigation Section Regional Dinner: Hilton Harrisburg; Feb. 4, 2015. Get more information, including online registration.
     2015 Conference of County Bar Leaders: Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square; Feb. 26-28, 2015. Get more information.
     Women in the Profession 2015 Spring Conference: Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Pittsburgh, with simulcast to Mechanicsburg, Philadelphia and Scranton: March 27, 2015. Save the date.

January/February Lawyer Magazine Lineup
The feature-article lineup in the next issue of The Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine leads with “The Perils of Part Time,” PBA Law Practice Management Coordinator Ellen Freedman’s look at whether part-time law practice remains a viable option. Also featured: the magazine’s editorial director, Don Sarvey, on the past and future of PBI, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015; Kelly A. Mroz, Penn State director of student legal services, on the trend in on-campus legal help for college students; and insights from PBA committee leaders on trends and challenges on the horizon. Watch for the first issue of the PBA-member magazine in new year, in the mail the week of Dec. 28.

Workers' Compensation Law Student Essay Contest
The PBA Workers' Compensation Law Section is sponsoring an essay contest with prizes of $3,000 and $2,000 as one of the section's Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Centennial activities. The deadline for entries is Jan. 15, 2015, and the contest is open to any student enrolled in an accredited Pennsylvania law school at any time between June 2013 and January 2015. Get more information about the contest. Go to the centennial website to find out more about the 100th anniversary celebration of workers' compensation law in Pennsylvania.
Bar LeaderBar Leadership Institute Survey Measures Civility, Professionalism
The PBA Bar Leadership Institute (BLI) class of 2014-15 asks PBA members to complete a brief survey to measure civility and professionalism among lawyers and judges. Respondents are also asked to share their thoughts about effective ways to address civility and professionalism. The BLI class will use the survey findings to develop a CLE program and write articles to appear in PBA publications. Deadline to complete the survey: Jan. 16, 2015. Take the survey (member login required).

Seeking Nominations for ...
     Child Advocate of the Year Award: Given by the PBA Children's Rights Committee; get the nomination form; nomination deadline: Jan. 30, 2015.
Sir Francis Bacon Dispute Resolution Award: Given by the PBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee; get the nomination form; nomination deadline: Feb. 13, 2015.
     Award for Outstanding Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion: With nominations sought by the PBA Diversity Team, this new award recognizes PBA entities for outstanding efforts, contributions or service in furtherance of the PBA Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan. Read about the award and eligible PBA entities in the request for nominations. Go to the online nomination form; nomination deadline: Feb. 15, 2015.

$10,000 Stipend for Summer 2015 Internship in Environmental, Energy Law
The PBA Environmental and Energy Law Section is awarding a $10,000 stipend to support a pro bono summer internship in the field of environmental and/or energy law (EEL). First- or second-year law students or third-year law night students who are residents of Pennsylvania or who indicate their intention to practice law in Pennsylvania and who demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in the field of EEL are eligible. Read more about the award and the application process. Application deadline: Feb. 20, 2015.
Casemaker, the Free Online Legal Research Tool for Members Only
Casemaker, the PBA's free-with-membership online research tool, offers comprehensive libraries and an easy-to-use suite of premium services, including CiteCheck reports on whether case citations continue to be good law. Lawyer non-members, find out more about Casemaker in these tutorial videos, read about all the benefits of PBA membership, including free online legal research, and join the PBA now.
The PBA Wants You ... for 'Lawyers Saluting Veterans' Program
The PBA is recruiting volunteers for the new "Lawyers Saluting Veterans" program through which members handle pro bono cases in their areas of expertise for Pennsylvania's military veterans. Members, register here to volunteer. For more information on this program coordinated by the PBA Pro Bono Office and Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee, click here or call 800-932-0311, ext. 2570.
State Supreme Court Adopts New Rules on Court Reporting
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has announced adoption of a comprehensive set of new rules governing court reporting. According to Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille, "Implementing these new rules will [help] to ensure a unified and efficient system of court reporting" to standardize these services across the commonwealth's 60 judicial districts. Read the court's order. Read the rules, which go into effect June 1, 2015.

PBA Publications Online

Click on the following links for other recent publications available to non-members for a limited time from these PBA committees, sections and other groups: Criminal Justice Section; GLBT Rights Committee; Solo and Small Firm Practice Section; Statutory Law Committee. Also available, "The County Line."

Updates on the Affordable Care Act from USI Affinity
Read updates on employer compliance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act from PBA Preferred Partner USI Affinity (member login required).

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