PBA News & Information
Coming This Friday, Casemaker Free Online Legal Research Tool for Members OnlyCasemaker will become the PBA's free-with-membership online research tool on Aug. 1. A national leader in legal research, Casemaker offers comprehensive libraries and an easy-to-use suite of research tools, including CiteCheck, which provides reports on whether case citations continue to be good law. Click on the following links for more information: Casemaker suite of premium services; tutorial videos. Members should not be misled if contacted by a vendor claiming that the PBA is discontinuing the free-legal-research benefit. Members will continue to receive this valuable benefit with Casemaker.
PBA Video Offering Insights on Courtroom Interviews of Children in Custody Cases Now on YouTube
The new video program produced by the PBA Family Law Section titled "Judicial Interview of the Child" is a first-of-its-kind educational tool to help Pennsylvania judges, lawyers and families reduce the anxiety caused by courtroom interviews of children in custody disputes. Now posted on YouTube, the video is being distributed to family court judges statewide. View the video trailer. Read the news release.
Call for Nominations: Schnader Print Media Awards
PBA members are invited to nominate reporters and editors for the 2014 William A. Schnader Print Media Awards, a competition honoring news, feature and editorial writing that increases public understanding of the legal system and the courts. Entries must have been published between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014. To submit the names of those providing notable coverage about legal issues, members are invited to email Jeff Gingerich of the PBA staff. He will then contact reporters and/or their editors directly to request that an article or articles be entered into the competition. Sponsored by the law firm of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, the competition is coordinated by the PBA Bar/Press Committee. Get more information, including a link to the contest rules and entry form. The entry postmark deadline is Aug. 15.
Featured Member Benefits
LawPay Special Options, Discounts: For a limited time, members can open an account at no cost with LawPay, the PBA's Preferred Partner for credit-card payment processing. The contract is month to month and all standard fees associated with opening a merchant account are waived. Also, through July 31, the $150 Web-based terminal start-up fee is waived for PBA members, and members who open a LawPay account by July 31 have the program fee waived for three months. Call 866-376-0950 or visit www.lawpay.com/pba for more on these offers. FedEx Fridays: Members are eligible for special weekly offers from Starbucks, iTunes, FTD and other premier vendors through the limited-time FedEx Fridays program. Register for the FedEx Advantage discount program and you are automatically enrolled to receive these exclusive offers by email every Friday during this limited-time promotion. And with FedEx Advantage you will continue to receive discounts of up to 26 percent on select FedEx services after the promotion ends. Register by Aug. 15. Find out more (member login required).
Clio Cloud Conference: PBA Preferred Partner Clio, offering completely Web-based practice management systems designed for solos and small firms, hosts the Clio Cloud Conference in Chicago, Sept. 22-23. Find out more (member login required).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).
Young Lawyers Division Summer Meeting and New Admittee Conference: Toftrees Golf Resort & Conference Center, State College; Aug. 1-3. Go to the event brochure.
11th Annual Animal Law Conference:
PBI Conference Center, Philadelphia; Aug. 21; co-sponsored by the PBA Animal Law Committee. Get more information on the PBI website
. Go to the PBI brochure
. Federal Practice CLE on the U.S. Supreme Court 2013-14 Term:
PBI Conference Center, Pittsburgh; Aug. 26. Get more information and register on the PBI website
. Read the event flyer
. Inside-Outside Counsel Summit:
Wyndham Hotel, Gettysburg; Sept. 18-19. Go to the event brochure
.Annual Registration Reminders from the D-Board
The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania reminds all Pennsylvania lawyers about their annual registration deadlines. Click here for more information and resources from the D-Board.
Essay, Video-Documentary Contest for Pennsylvania College Students
The PBA Civil and Equal Rights Committee (CERC) has joined with the Young Lawyers Division and Law-Related Education Committee to launch an annual essay and video-documentary contest for Pennsylvania college students on the importance of state and local policies to the protection of civil and equal rights. Read more about the contest. CERC is seeking additional funds from law firms and lawyers for monetary prizes, winners' travel and other aspects of the contest. The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation will administer the contest funds, and the deadline for sponsorship of the 2015 contest is Aug. 15, 2014. Read more about becoming a contest sponsor.
Recent Awards to ... Robert C. Gerhard III of Glenside, receiving the Excellence in Elder Law Award from the PBA Elder Law Section, presented July 24. Read the news release.
R. Burke McLemore Jr. of Harrisburg, receiving the Irvin Stander Memorial Award from the PBA Workers' Compensation Law Section, to be presented Sept. 11. Read the news release.
'Legacy Project' Offers Insights of PBA Past Presidents
Videos messages by Clifford E. Haines, Thomas G. Wilkinson Jr. and Forest N. Myers have been added to the "Legacy Project" collection on the PBA website. Initiated during the 2007-08 presidential term of Andrew F. Susko to “capture the wisdom and advice from our past PBA presidents,” the messages are intended to motivate all PBA members to “become more meaningfully engaged in our noble legal profession." Click here for the collection.
Expanding Presence in Social Media
The PBA's presence in social media is being enhanced through postings of association event notices, publications, news releases, awards information and more. PBA staff are also retweeting Twitter posts on opinions and rules changes from the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts. To join in, PBA members should click on the social-media icon links for Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn at the upper right of the home page.
How Creative a Lawyer Are You?
The editors of The Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine are seeking PBA member-written articles on the role creativity plays in the law. Read more about the process of submitting your article.
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