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2015 Statewide Mock Trial Competition
With more than 300 teams from 269 high schools competing, the 2015 Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition sponsored by the PBA Young Lawyers Division is one of the largest in the nation. Read more about the competition, which concludes with the championship rounds in Harrisburg, March 27-28.
 
Members Urged to Oppose Proposed Tax on Legal Services
All PBA members are urged to contact their state legislators to oppose a sales tax on legal services contained in the 2015-16 state budget proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf. Get more information, including directions for contacting your legislator and the governor (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).
     Women in the Profession 2015 Spring Conference: Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Pittsburgh, with simulcast to Mechanicsburg, Philadelphia and Scranton; March 27. Get more information.
     Environmental and Energy Law Section Environmental Law Forum 2015: Harrisburg Hilton & Towers; April 8-9. Get more information and register on the PBI website.
     27th Annual Minority Attorney Conference: Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh; April 9-10. Get more information, including the registration form. 
     Civil Litigation Section Pittsburgh Regional Dinner: The Duquesne Club; April 14. Get the registration form.
     Civil Litigation Section Retreat: Hotel Hershey; April 17-19. Get the event brochure.

Lawyers Saluting Veterans Program
The PBA is recruiting lawyer-volunteers for the Lawyers Saluting Veterans program coordinated by the PBA Pro Bono Office and Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee. Military veterans and lawyer volunteers interested in the program, click here.

Members, Beware of the Latest Internet and Email Scams
PBA members have recently reported receiving scam emails from would-be "clients" seeking to "discuss a commercial litigation case." Concerned members may file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), a partnership of the FBI, the National White Collar Crime Center and the Bureau of Justice Assistance. Click here to file a complaint with IC3.

The Award Goes to ...
     Megan Moore, of Temple University's James E. Beasley School of Law, winner of a $10,000 stipend from the PBA Environmental and Energy Law Section supporting a summer 2015 internship. Read more about the award to this first-year law student.
     Judge Dan R. Pellegrini, president judge of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, receiving the PBA Administrative Law Section James S. Bowman Award. Read the news release.
     Carl G. Cooper, to receive the A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award during the PBA 27th Annual Minority Attorney Conference, April 9-10. Read the news release.

Celebrating 50 Years in 2015
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the CLE arm of PBA. PBI invites members to visit the PBI 50 Web page for more information and special offers during the year-long celebration. Click here for a Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine article on PBI 50, and visit the home page of the recently redesigned PBI website.

Survey Seeks Feedback on Future of Legal Education
PBA members are invited to take a survey about the skills the profession requires of new lawyers. The survey, which takes 20 to 30 minutes to complete, is part of a national Foundations for Practice project. The survey deadline is March 27. Take the survey. Learn more about Foundations for Practice.
 
Seeking Nominations for ...
     Young Lawyers Division Michael K. Smith Excellence in Service Award and Liberty Bell Award: Given by the PBA YLD and open for nomination by young lawyers only. Read the awards criteria. Get the Michael K. Smith Award nomination form; get the Liberty Bell Award nomination form. Nominations deadline: March 27.
     Louis J. Goffman Awards: Given by the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation (PBF); go to the PBF website for information and the nomination form; nominations deadline: April 1.
     First Annual David M. Rosenblum GLBT Public Policy Award: Presented by the PBA GLBT Rights Committee; get more information, including the nomination form; nomination deadline: April 1.
     Annual Pro Bono Awards: Presented by the PBA Legal Service to the Public Committee; get more information; go to the online nomination form; nominations deadline: April 22.
 
K-12 Student Contests Celebrate Law Day 2015
The PBA and Pennsylvania Bar Foundation have announced the 2015 Law Day poster, essay and video project contests for K-12 students. The theme is "Symbols of Freedom under the Law," and the entry deadline is March 31. Find contest rules and entry forms on the 2015 Law Day page.

Intellectual Property Law Section Writing Contest for Law Students
The PBA Intellectual Property Law Section is offering $500 to the law student winner of the section's 2015 writing contest. The winning essay, together with those by the second- and third-place finalists, will be published in the section newsletter and on the section page of the PBA website. Law students, find out how to enter. Contest deadline: April 7.

Centennial of Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act
The PBA Workers' Compensation Law Section celebrates the 100th anniversary of the enactment of the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act on June 2 with a gala event, educational sessions and keepsakes. Read about the celebration in a recent news release, go to the PBA Store to order medals commemorating the centennial and find out more on the special centennial website.

Members, Enter the 2015 Lawyer Magazine Fiction Contest
See your words and your name in print when the top three entries in the 2015 Short Story Fiction Contest are featured in an upcoming issue of The Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine. Get more information, including entry form.
 
Lawyer Magazine 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 recent publications available to non-members for a limited time from these PBA committees, sections and other groups: Administrative Law Section; Civil Litigation SectionCommission on Women in the Profession; Elder Law Section; Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section; Young Lawyers Division. Also available, the latest issue of "The County Line".

Featured Member Benefits
  
   Casemaker: The PBA's free-to-members online research tool offers comprehensive libraries and an easy-to-use suite of premium services. Lawyer non-members, find out more about Casemaker in these tutorial videos and read about all the benefits of membership, including free online legal research.
     FedEx: With FedEx, members save on shipping and earn rewards for loyalty. Enroll in the FedEx Advantage program for discounts of up to 26 percent on select shipping. After enrolling, join My FedEx Rewards to earn gift cards and brand-name merchandise when you ship. The FedEx Advantage program runs through Aug. 14, 2015, and enrollment for both programs is free. Get more information (member login required).
     Affordable Care Act Updates from USI Affinity: Read updates on ACA employer compliance from USI Affinity (member login required).

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