PBA News & Information
PBA Statement on the Nomination of Judge Stevens to the State Supreme Court
PBA President Forest N. Myers has issued the following statement on Gov. Tom Corbett's June 13 announcement of plans to nominate state Superior Court President Judge Correale F. Stevens to fill the current vacancy on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court: "Judge Stevens is highly regarded throughout the legal community for his leadership and scholarship. ... We applaud Gov. Corbett for selecting Judge Stevens to fill the vacancy on the state's highest court. The PBA has strongly advocated for the Supreme Court's return to its full complement of seven justices, and we are hopeful the Pennsylvania Senate will act quickly and favorably on the governor's nomination." Read Myers' full statement in the PBA press release.
'Phishing' Scam Alert
Some PBA members have recently reported receiving email appearing to be from the PBA with the subject line "Important Update" that asks members to click on a link to protect their information from future account compromise. This is not a legitimate email from the PBA. Members are advised not to click on the link or provide any information. The PBA database has not been compromised by this scam, and the email addresses were obtained through other sources. Email is a valuable communications tool, and the PBA takes members' online security seriously. For those members who receive this type of email, known as "phishing" (a form of Internet fraud that attempts to steal personal information such as user IDs and passwords), and other email and telemarketing scams such as advance-fee schemes, get more information on the FBI website, including a link to the Internet Crime Complaint Center. Get more information on the IRS website, and click here for the Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine article "How to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Phishing."
Lawyers Certified as Workers' Compensation Law SpecialistsThe PBA has announced the names of 149 lawyers certified by the association's Workers' Compensation Law Section as specialists in workers' compensation law. These lawyers passed the certification exam given in March, the first following the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's designation of the section as a certifying organization in 2012. Read the news release. Go to the list of workers' compensation law specialists. Read more about the certification process.
New Shale Energy Law Committee PBA President Forest N. Myers has created the PBA Shale Energy Law Committee to deal with the complex legal and legislative issues associated with this developing energy source in Pennsylvania. Myers named PBA Secretary Anne N. John of Uniontown and Lee S. Piatt of Wilkes-Barre as co-chairs. Read more about the committee.
UPL Heads Up Next Lawyer Magazine Leaders of the PBA's Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee explain the fight against "inexpert and unlearned persons" in the article leading the July/August issue of The Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine. PBA members will also find features covering the struggle to define Pennsylvania's "institutions of purely public charity" and a new way to claim a home-office deduction, plus commentary on the clash between farm-protection laws and the right to know, and a review of the PBI Press book The A to Z of Civil Depositions in Pennsylvania. Watch for the next issue of the PBA member magazine, in the mail the week of June 23.
Myers Announces Bar Leadership Institute Class of 2013-2014PBA President Forest N. Myers has named 11 young lawyers to the 2013-2014 class of the association's Bar Leadership Institute (BLI), which prepares participants for future PBA leadership opportunities. Read the press release. Get more information about the BLI.
Call for Schnader Awards Nominations
PBA members are invited to nominate reporters and editors for the 2013 William A. Schnader Print Media Awards, a competition honoring news, feature and editorial writing that increases public understanding of the legal system and the courts. Get more information on the competition, including contest rules and entry form. Entry deadline: Aug. 16. For additional information, email the PBA's Jeff Gingerich.
Enter the Lawyer Magazine's 2013 Fiction ContestThe Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine's 2013 Short Story Fiction Contest is now under way. Entrants must be lawyers admitted to practice who are PBA members in good standing. Get the entry form.
2013 Summer Meetings• PBA Family Law Section Summer Meeting, Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, Md., July 11-14; get the event brochure/registration form; go to the online registration form.
• PBA Young Lawyers Division Summer Meeting/New Admittee Conference, Toftrees Resort and Conference Center, State College, July 24-26; get the event brochure/registration form.
• Solo and Small Firm Conference cosponsored by the PBA Solo and Small Firm Practice Section, Omni Bedford Springs Resort, Bedford, Aug. 1-2; get information and register on the PBI website.
'Making a Difference' for the Public GoodThe Pennsylvania Bar News member publication now features the "Making a Difference" column highlighting the work of Pennsylvania lawyers providing extraordinary pro bono legal services.
Information on PBA Product/Service ProvidersVendors offering special benefits to PBA members are designated PBA Preferred Partners. Find out more about the variety of PBA member benefits and services selected and monitored by the PBA Member Services Department. The PBA welcomes CNA as the new professional liability insurance carrier, replacing Swiss Re/Westport Insurance Co. Read more about the switch to CNA.
Members, Keep Your Contact Information Current
Approximately twice each year PBA members are automatically prompted to update their membership records when accessing the members-only pages of the PBA website. Need to update your membership information now? Go to the online form.
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