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Free Casemaker Webinar Oct. 14

Casemaker is offering its final free webinar of the fall on Oct. 14, noon to 1 p.m. Click here to sign up for the webinar, geared specifically to the Pennsylvania lawyer. As the PBA's online legal research "Preferred Partner," Casemaker is free to PBA members. But the fall webinars have also been made available to lawyer non-members so they can see what they're missing in Casemaker's easy-to-use suite of premium services. 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 with Casemaker, and join the PBA now.
  
LRAP Application Period Open to Oct. 15
The statewide Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) has begun its fifth year helping legal-services lawyers manage their college and law school debt. LRAP is administered by the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation (PBF) and benefits lawyers employed full-time by civil legal services organizations funded by the Pennsylvania Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program. Get more information, including a link to the online LRAP application, on the PBF website, and read about important program changes for the 2015 loan cycle. The application period for the cycle closes on Oct. 15, 2014.
   
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, call 800-932-0311, ext. 2570.
  
Members Alerted to Legislation Proposing Sales Tax on Legal Services
The PBA is calling on all members to contact their state senators to oppose a proposed sales tax on legal services contained in Senate Bill 76. Read about the effort, including the latest legislative alert (member login required).
  
Seeking Nominations for ...
2014 Government Lawyer of the Year Award, presented by the PBA Government Lawyers Committee; get more information, including the online nomination form; nomination deadline, Oct. 10.
  
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).
     Minority Bar Committee 2014 Diversity Summit: PBI Conference Center, Philadelphia; Oct. 23. Get more information and the registration form.
     Exceptional Children Conference: Co-sponsored by the PBA Legal Services for Exceptional Children Committee and PBI, Oct. 27, Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square. Get more information and register on the PBI website.
     
Collaborative Law Committee Retreat: Omni Bedford Springs Resort; Nov. 3. Read the event flier.
     Commission on Women in the Profession 2014 Fall Retreat: Hotel Hershey; Nov. 14-15. Go to the event flier. Register online.
    
PBF, PBA Host Castille Tribute Nov. 20
Tickets are now available for the tribute to retiring Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille in Harrisburg on Nov. 20. Co-hosted by the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation and PBA, the event will be held 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey Hotel following PBA Committee/Section Day activities. Click here for more information and the registration form. Click here to register for the event online.
     
D-Board Proposes Rules Changes to Reduce Loss from Misappropriation of Funds
The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has proposed amendments to the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct and the Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement to reduce loss resulting from the misappropriation of client and third-party funds. Read the proposed amendments. Written comments on the proposed changes may be submitted on or before Nov. 3, 2014, by mail, email or fax to: Disciplinary Board, Office of the Secretary, 601 Commonwealth Ave., Suite 5600, PO Box 62625, Harrisburg, Pa. 17106-2625; dboard.comments@pacourts.us; fax: 717-231-3382.
  
Appellate Court Candidate Questionnaire Available; Submission Deadline Dec. 12
Those who are considering filing as candidates for the open Pennsylvania appellate court seats in the 2015 primary election should obtain an evaluation questionnaire from the PBA Judicial Evaluation Commission (JEC). The deadline for return of completed questionnaires for evaluation by the JEC is Dec. 12, 2014. Click here for more information on the JEC evaluation process and on how to obtain the questionnaire and other materials.
  
Medals Commemorate 100th Anniversary of Workers' Compensation Act
The PBA Workers' Compensation Law Section is offering bronze medals for sale commemorating the 2015 centennial anniversary of the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act. The medals are available in the PBA Store while supplies last. Learn more about the section's Centennial Committee plans for the 100th anniversary celebration of the act.

Pennsylvania Lawyer e-dition, PBA Publications Online

Click here for the current e-dition of the PBA's Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine. 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.
    
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