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PBA 2016 Online Dues Billing
As part of the PBA's continuing "go green" effort, members who are billed individually receive their annual dues invoices via email, which includes a link for quick dues payment. Those billed through PBA unit counties receive dues bills from their local bar associations, and they also receive an email notice from the PBA for online payment of any section membership dues or to make contributions to the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, PBA Sustaining Fund or PABAR-PAC. Members billed through their law firms continue to have invoices for membership, section dues and contributions sent to their law firm administrators for payment. 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 2016 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.
Pugh Congratulates Members for Grassroots Action to Halt Legal-Services-Tax Legislation

PBA President William H. Pugh V has issued a legislative alert congratulating PBA members for their efforts in contacting state legislators in the push to defeat legislation proposing a sales tax on legal services. In a close vote, the measure was defeated in the state Senate on Nov. 23. Read the legislative alert. See the Senate roll call on the measure.

Seeking Nominations for the ...
     Anne X. Alpern Award and Lynette Norton Award: Presented by the PBA Commission on Women in the Profession. Get more information on the awards. Nominations deadline, Dec. 1.
     A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award: Presented by the PBA Minority Bar Committee. Get the nomination form. Nomination deadline: Dec. 30.
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).
     Public Utility Law Section Meet & Greet: PBA Headquarters, Harrisburg, Dec. 3. Click on the following links for more information and online registration.
     18th Annual Government Lawyers Committee/Administrative Law Section Holiday Reception: PBA, Harrisburg, Dec. 8. Get more information.
     PBA Midyear Meeting: Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles, Jan. 27-31, 2016. Get the event brochure. Registration deadline: Dec. 18.

The Award Goes to ...
     Pearl H. Kim, Delaware County assistant DA, named 2015 Government Lawyer of the Year by the PBA Government Lawyers Committee. Read the news release.
     Journalists Winning Schnader Print Media Awards, recognizing excellence in print journalism that fosters greater public understanding of the law and legal system and funded by Schnader Attorneys at Law in honor of law firm co-founder William Schnader. Read the news release. Find more information about the awards here

Featured Member Benefits
Lenovo: Do your holiday shopping with Lenovo in November and get instant savings plus free shipping on all Web orders. Discounts on select items include 41 percent off laptops, 37 percent off desktops and 34 percent off tablets. Go to lenovo.com/statebar or call 800-426-7235, ext. 3577. Weekly promotions are also available. 
     InterCall: Save 60 percent on the standard InterCall rate for toll-free audio conferencing. Members also have access to Web conferencing and unified communications services. Call 800-636-2377 or enroll online.
     Student-Loan-Refinancing Benefit: Teaming with USI Affinity and financial services provider SoFi, the PBA offers members the opportunity to consolidate and refinance private and federal student loans into a single loan at a lower interest rate and lower monthly payment. Use the PBA website portal to refinance your loans and qualify for a $300 welcome bonus. Get more information.
     Casemaker Adds Access to Pleadings: Casemaker, the legal research tool offered free to PBA members, now offers access to 6 million pleadings, made available through Casemaker's partnership with Mozato's CaseEdge. For more information go to the Casemaker landing page (member login required), enter Casemaker and select the Pleadings by CaseEdge link on the left side of the Casemaker page.

$10,000 Stipend for Summer 2016 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. Read more about the award and the application process. Application deadline: Feb. 26, 2016.
PBA Publications Online
Click here for the current, public e-dition of The Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine. Click on the following links for other recent publications available to nonmembers for a limited time from these PBA committees, sections and other groups: Civil Litigation Section; Minority Bar Committee; Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section; Young Lawyers Division. Also available, the latest issue of "The County Line" newsletter.
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