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PBA Unveils New Student Loan Refinancing Benefit
In partnership with USI Affinity and financial services provider SoFi, the PBA is offering members a new benefit to consolidate and refinance their private and federal student loans into a single loan with a lower interest rate and lower monthly payment. Members who use the PBA website portal to refinance their loans with SoFi can qualify for a $300 welcome bonus. Click here for more information.
  

Federal Court Upholds Pennsylvania Bar 'Reciprocity' Rule
A 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on Aug. 26 has denied a constitutional challenge to Pennsylvania bar admission “reciprocity” Rule 204. The rule allows out-of-state lawyers to join the state bar without taking Pennsylvania’s bar exam as long as they come from a state that allows the same admission to Pennsylvania lawyers. Read the opinion in National Association for the Advancement of Multijurisdiction Practice v. Castille, as posted to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals website. Read Rule 204
on the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners website.

Meetings, Events
For links to additional information on meetings and events, in some cases including online registration, click on the EVENTS CALENDAR at upper right and go to the event date(s).
     GLBT Rights Committee Planning Retreat: PBI, Mechanicsburg, Sept. 2.
     Avoiding Legal Malpractice Seminars: Get the current listing of ALMS locations, dates and times, from Sept. 11 through Dec. 4, including the mail-in reservation form. To register online, click here to reach your PBA-member My Dashboard page. Under the Events heading on that page, click on Register for an Event
 
Time-Management, Legal Tech in the Current Lawyer Magazine
Does your law firm devote too little time to the right things? Ellen Freedman, PBA law practice management coordinator, answers that question in "Time to Manage," lead article in the September/October issue of The Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine. On the tech side, "Legal Tech" column contributor Kelly Phillips Erb writes on best practices in email communications and member Joel B. Bernbaum reviews the Apple Watch. Also in the issue: Gerald L. Shoemaker Jr., chair of the PBA GLBT Rights Committee, on "Same-Sex Marriage: Now What?" in the wake of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges and the PBA Judicial Evaluation Commission's ratings of the candidates for election to the state appellate courts on Nov. 3.

Pugh Urges PBA Member Action on Proposed Legal-Services Tax
PBA President William H. Pugh V met recently with state Senate leaders to reinforce PBA opposition to a tax on legal services contained in the 2015-16 budget proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf. Pugh urges all PBA members to contact their state senators now in the fight against a legal-services tax. Read the latest legislative alert. Get more information, including directions for contacting legislators.

PBA Publications Online
Click on the following links for recent publications available to nonmembers for a limited time from these PBA committees, sections and other groups: Environmental and Energy Law Section; Federal Practice Committee; GLBT Rights Committee; Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section. Also available, the latest issue of "The County Line" newsletter. For lawyers practicing in Pennsylvania who are not PBA members, get full-time access to these resources and the many benefits of membership by joining the PBA now.
 
Workers' Compensation Centennial Memorabilia Available
In support of the PBA Workers' Compensation Law Section's celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act, the section is offering for sale a commemorative bronze medal and a commemorative book in hardcover and softcover. The medal and softcover book are on sale as a package for $40. Purchase these items in the PBA Store.

Seeking Nominations for the ...
     Government Lawyer of the Year Award: Presented by the PBA Government Lawyers Committee. Get more information, including the online nomination form. Nomination deadline: Oct. 9.

PBA Supports Wills for Heroes Program for First Responders
Through the co-sponsorship of the Young Lawyers Division, the PBA supports the Wills for Heroes program in Pennsylvania, providing free wills and other estate-planning documents for police, firefighters and emergency medical personnel. Click here for more program information, including a list of upcoming Wills for Heroes events.
     
Featured Member Benefits
     ACA Updates: Read updates on employer-compliance rules under the Affordable Care Act (provided by USI Affinity) (member login required).
  
   Casemaker: The online legal research tool, free to PBA members, offers an easy-to-use suite of premium services. Lawyer nonmembers, find out more about Casemaker in these tutorial videos and read about the benefits of membership, including free online legal research.
     OfficeMax: The OfficeMax Partner Advantage Program offers exclusive, customized solutions, products, services and pricing, with special savings through Sept. 30. Get more information (member login required).

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