PBA News & Information
For links to additional information on the following events, in some cases including online registration, click on the EVENTS CALENDAR at upper right and go to the event date(s).
• Administrative Law Section "Commonwealth Court Practicum"; Pennsylvania Judicial Center, Harrisburg; March 11.
• Civil Litigation Section Pittsburgh Regional Dinner; Duquesne Club; March 18. Registration form due by March 12.
• Commission on Women in the Profession 2014 Spring Conference; four locations: Mechanicsburg on March 18; Philadelphia on March 20; Pittsburgh on March 25; Scranton on March 27; more information.
• 26th Annual Minority Attorney Conference; Lancaster Marriott & Convention Center; April 10-11. Registration deadline: March 28.
• Civil Litigation Section Retreat; Omni Bedford Springs Resort; April 11-13. Registration deadline extended to March 26.
• PBA Annual Meeting; Hershey Lodge; May 14-16. Hotel reservations must be made by April 12 to qualify for special rates.
Bar/Press Committee, PCN to Cover Drone Law, Other First Amendment IssuesIn tandem with the article "The Drones Are Coming" in the March/April issue of The Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine, the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) will broadcast a panel discussion on drone technology and the law. This will be the first broadcast of a planned series of panel discussions on First Amendment issues, a joint initiative of PCN and the PBA Bar/Press Committee. Scheduled air times for the program on drones: March 18 at 9 p.m.; March 19 at 10 a.m.
Meetings Coordinator Position The PBA is seeking an individual to fill the position of Meetings Coordinator in the Meetings Department, which plans more than 100 events annually. Read more about the position.
High School Teams in YLD-Sponsored Mock Trial Competition
More than 300 teams from high schools across Pennsylvania are competing in the Statewide Mock Trial Competition sponsored by the PBA Young Lawyers Division. The competition builds to the final rounds in Harrisburg on March 29, with the winning team going on to the national competition in Madison, Wis., May 8-10. Read the news release. Find out more about the competition.
Lawyer Dispute Resolution Program RevisedThe Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee has announced the recent revision of the rules and procedures of the Lawyer Dispute Resolution Program (LDRP), which provides a process for resolving disputes within the legal community without the need to resort to litigation. Click here for links to the updated LDRP documents and forms. Click here for general information on the program.
Local Bar Associations Receive Recognition Awards
Twenty-five local bar associations across Pennsylvania were honored with PBA County Bar Recognition Awards at the recent Annual Seminar of the Conference of County Bar Leaders. The awards recognize local programs and services benefiting communities and the profession. Read the news release.
Seeking Nominations for the ...
• Young Lawyers Division Michael K. Smith Excellence in Service Award and Liberty Bell Award; nomination deadline: March 28. Get more information.
• Administrative Law Section's James S. Bowman Award; nomination deadline: March 31. Get more information. Go to the online nomination form.
• Pennsylvania Bar Foundation (PBF) 2014 Louis J. Goffman Awards; nominations deadline: April 15. Go to the PBF website for additional information and the nomination form.
PBA's Enhanced Social-Media PresenceAlready active for more than two years, the PBA's presence in social media, including Facebook and LinkedIn pages and Twitter feed, has recently been enhanced by a significant increase in postings by staff. Regular postings cover PBA events, publications, news releases, awards and more. The PBA also retweets using Twitter postings from the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, providing links to significant Supreme Court opinions and rule changes. To join in, members should click on the icon links for Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn at the upper right of the home page. As an added incentive, those members who become PBA followers on Twitter by March 31 are eligible to win an iPad mini.
Atkinson to Receive Award at PBA Minority Attorney Conference
Nolan N. Atkinson Jr. of Philadelphia is to receive the A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award during the PBA's 26th Annual Minority Attorney Conference in Lancaster, April 10-11. Read the news release.
IP Section Sponsors Law Student Writing Contest
The Intellectual Property Law Section is offering $500 to the law student winner of the section's 2014 writing contest in the areas of patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets or trade dress. The winning entry will be published in the section newsletters and on the section page of the PBA website. Law students, find out how to enter. Contest deadline: April 15.
Bar Leadership Institute Class of 2014-15 Forming NowThe PBA is seeking applicants for the Bar Leadership Institute program for the 2014-15 bar year. Ten members will be selected for the class. Criteria include demonstration of leadership ability, willingness to make the time commitment to the seven-month program and being age 38 or younger or having practiced five years or less. PBA membership is required but prior active participation in the PBA is not. Get details and application materials; application deadline: May 9.
Board Endorses Section Resolution on Proposed Federal Tax Change The PBA Board of Governors, meeting Jan. 29, approved the PBA Business Law Section resolution opposing any federal measures requiring that law firms and other personal-service businesses using the cash-receipts-and-disbursements method of accounting convert to the accrual method of accounting in computing taxable income. The board took the action in lieu of the PBA House of Delegates, as the PBA Legislative Relations Department had been advised by the American Bar Association that the U.S. Senate Finance Committee had requested January comment on a draft Senate tax reform bill. Read the PBA resolution. Read the ABA letter of Jan. 13 on this subject to the leaders of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee.
'Preferred Partner' Clio Announces UpgradesClio, the cloud-based law practice management platform specifically designed for solos and small law firms and a PBA "Preferred Partner" has announced several new upgrades. Read more. Find out more about PBA membership benefits and services.
Lawyer Magazine Electronic Edition, Other Publication Resources
Click here for the current e-dition of the PBA's Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine. Select the following titles for other, recently issued PBA publications available to non-members for a limited time: Administrative Law Section newsletter; Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee "Resolution" newsletter; Section on Criminal Justice newsletter; Health Care Law Committee newsletter; Municipal Law Section newsletter; Commission on Women in the Profession "Voices & Views" newsletter.