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Administrative Law Section
The Administrative Law Section was established to observe and make recommendations, primarily at the state level, on the effectiveness of government-issued regulations.
Aeronautical and Space Law Section
Lawyers working for high-tech firms, the aircraft/-space industry or the military are likely to find this section the most beneficial. Members benefit from CLE programs and other events. The section places a strong emphasis on aviation law such as airline regulations and on space-related matters.
Business Law Section
With an emphasis on commercial and corporate law as it is applied in Pennsylvania, this section focuses on legislation affecting businesses and
corporate entities. Members have been actively pursuing revisions to the corporate law and the uniform commercial law. "Business Law Section Newsletter" is published four times a year and contains articles on corporate law, tax law, banking law and consumer issues.
Civil Litigation Section
As one of the strongest PBA bodies, the Civil Litigation Section offers CLE-based retreats and meetings for members to maintain their practice standards and for networking with their peers. Through its quarterly newsletter and bulletins,
the section also provides its members with concise studies and timely information about recent court decisions on a variety of litigation matters
as well as section news.
Criminal Justice Section
The Criminal Justice Section, foremostly, is concerned with protecting the rights of all individuals who are involved in criminal court proceedings. This
is a chance for both defense- and prosecution- oriented members to be involved in issues such
as prison overcrowding and the length of criminal proceedings in the court, as is currently under study. Members receive, free, the Criminal Justice Section Newsletter which lists and reviews decisions of recent criminal cases in Pennsylvania. The newsletter is published six times a year.
Education Law Section
The Education Law Section is a resource for lawyers involved with protecting students, teachers and administrators. The section concentrates on curriculum requirements and employment rights. One of the section's goals is to help improve the relationship between school boards and their employees. Members are kept informed of
developments in this area of practice and section activity through the section's newsletter, published four times a year.
Elder Law Section
The Elder Law Section shall assist members of the legal community, the elderly population and those associated with the elderly community by developing educational programs focusing on advancements in elder law. The committee shall study, review and make recommendations concerning legislation affecting the elder community.
Environmental and Energy Law Section
Lawyers concerned with such issues as land preservation, sewage disposal (commercial and individual), and mining and drilling regulations will find this section to be of real benefit. Given that the section's activities are focused on these
concerns, a key function of the section is to monitor regulations handed down by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Environmental regulatory decisions are reported through the section newsletter, released six times a year.
Family Law Section
This section focuses its efforts on domestic issues including marriage, divorce, child custody and surrogate motherhood. Section members meet twice a year for programs addressing these and other topics. In addition, these meetings offer members case law updates at no charge. The updates
examine the logic and reasoning of recent related court decisions. The section newsletter, available to section members at no charge (a $65 value), reviews recent legislation and court decisions related to family law.
Intellectual Property Law Section
The Intellectual Property Law Section is the newest PBA section. It has grown from committee status and now leads the associationÕs efforts in furthering the development of the law and procedures related to intellectual property. Also, the section will be working to obtain uniformity with respect to both legislation and administration in matters concerning those laws and procedures and to simplify and improve the application of justice in intellectual property law.
International & Comparative Law Section
This section is particularly suited for lawyers working in multi-national corporations or who are exposed to legal systems in foreign countries. Members benefit from the section's work in
monitoring treaties, immigration matters and events related to the World Court.
Labor & Employment Law Section
This section deals with all aspects of labor relations, including the relationship between labor unions and employees. It monitors legislative developments and judicial decisions. In recent months, the section has actively sponsored a number of CLE programs.
Municipal Law Section
Solicitors for any form of political subdivision other than a school system will find this section useful. The Municipal Law Section also appeals to lawyers who have as clients police departments, municipal authorities or individuals who deal with these
entities. Section activities are reported to members in the quarterly newsletter.
Public Utility Law Section
Lawyers representing public utilities will find this section particularly useful. The section sponsors
a series of statewide luncheon programs featuring speakers from regulatory agencies. Information regarding new regulations and judicial decisions involving utilities is shared with members through the section newsletter published four times a year.
Real Property Probate & Trust Law Section
The Real Property, Probate and Trust Law section of the PBA is an association of real estate and estate attorneys, ranging in experience levels from the most experienced and top attorneys in the commonwealth to the newest members of the bar, all of whom are interested in sharing and expanding their knowledge about these areas of practice. Through our highly praised newsletters, Listservs, seminars, legislative alerts and information sharing, we help to keep our section members advised and alerted to the latest practice skills, legislation and court decisions. While our interaction is very educational and informative, we strive at the same time for fun, collegiality and relationship building. Our members have a network of peers statewide.
Solo & Small Firm Practice Section
The Solo and Small Firm Section is designed for lawyers whose practices cover a broad range of issues as individual practitioners. Members can benefit from the flow of information through its quarterly newsletter about such key matters as law
office management and the latest developments in law office automation and technology. Also, the section typically has a program for its members
at the PBA Annual Meeting and sponsors a spring section retreat featuring CLE and time for more casual networking.
Tax Law Section
The Tax Law Section specializes in state and local tax issues, but also deals with problems in the federal tax system. Committees of this section
frequently meet with state officials to discuss proposed legislation, plan educational programs and deal with practice development issues. The
section's newsletter is published twice a year and contains valuable information on cases and other developments.
Workers' Compensation Law Section
Workers' Compensation LawThis section provides its members the opportunity to work closely with the Pennsylvania Bureau
of Workers' Compensation on regulations and rules pertaining to workers' compensation claims.
The section has a primary interest in the free and frequent exchange of information regarding legal developments, and in acting as liaison with the Bureau of WorkersÕ Compensation to ensure that the interests of claimants, employers and the lawyer community are protected fairly in the regulatory, legislative and administrative processes. Meetings and substantive workshops are held at various times or events throughout the year, including the PBA Annual Meeting. Information is also shared through the sectionÕs bi-monthly newsletter that reports on recent relevant court cases and presents a range of essays and case analyses.