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Register Now for the PBA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, May 6-8
Join your PBA colleagues for professional development, networking and sophisticated fun during the PBA Annual Meeting at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, May 6-8. For more information and registration forms, get the brochure.

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.

PBA JEC Rates Candidates for Appellate Courts
In the 2015 election, voters will be electing candidates to fill three seats on the state Supreme Court, one seat on Superior Court and one seat on Commonwealth Court. As an aid to voters, the PBA Judicial Evaluation Commission has released two rounds of ratings of potential candidates for the state appellate courts. Read the Jan. 28 news release on the first round of ratings. Read the Feb. 10 news release on the second round of ratings. Primary election day is May 19, and the general election will be held on Nov. 3.

Quigley Catholic High School to Represent Pennsylvania at National Mock Trial Competition, May 8-10
A team from Quigley Catholic High School of Beaver County, winners of the 2015 PBA Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition, will represent the commonwealth at the national mock trial finals in Raleigh, N.C., May 8-10. Read the news release about the Quigley team, judged the best of more than 300 teams competing in the PBA contest this year. Sponsored by the PBA Young Lawyers Division, the statewide mock trial contest is one of the largest in the nation. Read more about the competition.

Seeking Nominations for ...
     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.
    
Excellence in Elder Law Award: Presented by the PBA Elder Law Section; get more information, including the nomination form; nomination deadline: May 15.
    
Members, Beware of the Latest Internet and Email Scams
PBA members have recently reported receiving scam emails from would-be "clients" and from others claiming to be from the IRS. 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. Read more about IRS-related "phishing" and how to report it here.

Find Meeting, Event Information on the EVENTS CALENDAR
Find Meeting, Event Information on the EVENTS CALENDAR For information on PBA meetings and events, in some cases including links to online registration and program brochures, use the EVENTS CALENDAR and go to the event date(s).
  
May/June Lawyer Magazine Lineup
The feature-article lineup in the next issue of the PBA's Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine includes "When Alternative Staffing Makes Sense," by Ellen Freedman, PBA law practice management coordinator; "A Lawyers' Guide to Assisting Veterans," co-written by Anne S. Douds, head of the Criminal Justice Program at Penn State Harrisburg; "Practice-Ready Legal Education: The Four New Demands Law Schools Must Satisfy," by Gary S. Gildin, interim dean at Penn State's Dickinson Law, Carlisle; "The 10 Commandments of Mediation (Plus One)," by mediator Louis C. Schmitt Jr.; a profile of incoming PBA President Bill Pugh, by Don Sarvey, the magazine's editorial director; and "Practice before the Office of Open Records," the latest in the public-education series from members of the PBA Bar/Press Committee, this time by veteran lawyer Craig J. Staudenmaier. And for all the creative writers out there, get the rules and entry form for the members-only 2015 fiction contest. Watch for the May/June issue of the magazine, in the mail the week of April 19.

The Award Goes to ...
     Daniel J.T. McKenna: Recently receiving the Verdina Y. Showell Award presented by the organizers of the PBA Wills for Heroes program. Read the news release.
     Judge Eleanor L. Bush of Allegheny County, to be honored as Child Advocate of the Year by the Children's Rights Committee on April 24. Read the news release.
     Stephen G. Yusem: Receiving the Sir Francis Bacon Alternative Dispute Resolution Award, to be presented by the PBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee on May 6 during the PBA Annual Meeting. Read the news release.
     Lynne Z. Gold-Bikin of Montgomery County, receiving the Lynette Norton Award, and Penina K. Lieber of Pittsburgh, receiving the Anne X. Alpern Award, both to be presented by the PBA Commission on Women in the Profession on May 7. Read the Gold-Bikin news release. Read the Lieber news release.
     Mary Catherine Roper, deputy legal director, ACLU of Pennsylvania, receiving the inaugural David M. Rosenblum GLBT Public Policy Award from the PBA GLBT Rights Committee, to be presented May 7 during the PBA Annual Meeting. 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.

Centennial of the 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.

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.
 
PBA Publications Online
Click on the following links for recent publications available to non-members for a limited time from these PBA committees, sections and other groups: Civil Litigation Section; Environmental and Energy Law Section; Municipal Law Section; 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.
 
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 free-to-members online legal research tool offers 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 PBA membership, including free online legal research.
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