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The PBA Wants You ... for 'Lawyers Saluting Veterans' Program
The PBA is recruiting lawyer-volunteers for the "Lawyers Saluting Veterans" program through which members handle pro bono cases in their areas of expertise for Pennsylvania's military veterans. Members, register here to volunteer. For more information on this program coordinated by the PBA Pro Bono Office and Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee, click here or call 800-932-0311, ext. 2570.

Meetings, Events
For links to additional information on events, in some cases including online registration, click on the EVENTS CALENDAR at upper right and go to the event date(s).
     2015 Midyear Meeting: Montego Bay, Jamaica; Jan. 27-31. The meeting has sold out! See the event brochure.
     Civil Litigation Section Regional Dinner: Hilton Harrisburg; Feb. 4. Get more information, including online registration.
     2015 Conference of County Bar Leaders: Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square; Feb. 26-28. Get more information and register online.
     Ken Hagreen Tribute Dinner: Radisson Hotel, Camp Hill, honoring the long-time executive director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL) of Pennsylvania; March 25. Get more information. Find out more about LCL.
     Women in the Profession 2015 Spring Conference: Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Pittsburgh, with simulcast to Mechanicsburg, Philadelphia and Scranton; March 27. Save the date.
PBA Committee, PCN Cover Public Access to the Courts
The PBA Bar/Press Committee and the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) will host a televised panel discussion on the importance of public access to the courts. The panel, the fourth in a series presented jointly by the committee and PCN, is being shown in tandem with the article titled "Protecting Public Access to Judicial Records and Proceedings" in the current issue of The Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine. Read the article. The panel was organized by committee members and article co-authors Scott Blanchard and Paula Knudsen Burke. The program will air on the following schedule: Jan. 28, 9 p.m.; Jan. 29, 4:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.; Feb. 1, 2 p.m.
PBA Membership Cards and PBI Coupons
As part of the PBA "go green" effort, each PBA member may print his or her own membership card and PBI discount coupon. These are accessible by clicking on links included in a thank-you email sent after 2015 dues are paid online or through the member's personal "My Dashboard" page via the MEMBER LOGIN link at top right of the PBA home page.

FedEx 2015 Small Business Grant Contest

FedEx, a PBA "Preferred Partner," has announced the third annual FedEx Small Business Grant Contest. FedEx will award 10 grants totaling $75,000, with a grand prize of $25,000, one grant of $10,000 and eight $5,000 grants. Read more about the contest (member login required). Deadline for entries: Feb. 12.

Bar Leadership Institute Survey Measures Civility, Professionalism
The PBA Bar Leadership Institute (BLI) class of 2014-15 asks PBA members to complete a brief survey to measure civility and professionalism among lawyers and judges. Respondents are also asked to share their thoughts about effective ways to address civility and professionalism. The BLI class will use the survey findings to develop a CLE program and write articles to appear in PBA publications. Deadline to complete the survey: Feb. 28. Take the survey (member login required). 

Seeking Nominations for ...
     Child Advocate of the Year Award: Given by the PBA Children's Rights Committee; get the nomination form; nomination deadline: Jan. 30.
Sir Francis Bacon Dispute Resolution Award: Given by the PBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee; get the nomination form; nomination deadline: Feb. 13.
     Award for Outstanding Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion: With nominations sought by the PBA Diversity Team, this new award recognizes PBA entities for outstanding efforts, contributions or service in furtherance of the PBA Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan. Read about the award and eligible PBA entities in the request for nominations. Go to the online nomination form; nomination deadline: Feb. 15.
     James S. Bowman Award: Given by the PBA Administrative Law Section; go to the online nomination form; nomination deadline: Feb. 27.
     Law Office Sustainability Award: Presented by the Environmental and Energy Law Section to a participant in the Pennsylvania Lawyers United for Sustainability (PLUS) Program; get the nomination form; nomination deadline: March 1. Read more about the PLUS Program.
     Louis J. Goffman Awards: Given by the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation (PBF); go to the PBF website for information and the nomination form; nominations deadline: April 1. 

$10,000 Stipend for Summer 2015 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 (EEL). First- or second-year law students or third-year law night students who are residents of Pennsylvania or who indicate their intention to practice law in Pennsylvania and who demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in the field of EEL are eligible. Read more about the award and the application process. Application deadline: Feb. 20.
Annual Statewide Mock Trial Competition Now Underway
More than 300 teams from 269 high schools across Pennsylvania begin competing this month at the district and regional levels of the Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition sponsored by the PBA Young Lawyers Division. The program, now in its 32nd year, is one of the largest in the nation. Read more about the 2015 competition. The photo at left is of the 2014 winning team from Altoona Area High School.
PBA Input Helps Shape Professional Conduct/Disciplinary Enforcement Rules Changes
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has approved amendments to Pennsylvania's Rules of Professional Conduct and Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement, including those addressing the issue of misappropriation of client and third-party funds. The PBA Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section submitted comments on the rules changes as they were being developed, and many of the concerns raised by the committee and section are addressed in the new rules. Read the report on the PBA input, including links to the Supreme Court order and the text of the rules changes, which are to be in effect by Feb. 28.
Pennsylvania Lawyer e-dition, PBA Publications Online
Click here for the current e-dition of the PBA's Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine. Click on the following links for other recent publications available to non-members for a limited time from these PBA committees, sections and other groups: Environmental and Energy Law Section; Civil Litigation Section; Criminal Justice Section; Family Law Section; Commission on Women in the Profession. Also available, the latest issue of "The County Line" newsletter.

Announcing the 2015 Pennsylvania Lawyer Magazine Fiction Contest

your words and your name in print when the top three entries in the 2015 Short Story Fiction Contest are featured in the November/December issue of The Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine. Get more information, including entry form. 

Casemaker, the Free Online Legal Research Tool for Members Only
Casemaker, the PBA's free-with-membership online research tool, offers comprehensive libraries and an easy-to-use suite of premium services, including CiteCheck reports on whether case citations continue to be good law. Lawyer non-members, find out more about Casemaker in these tutorial videos, read about all the benefits of PBA membership, including free online legal research, and join the PBA now.
New Rules on Court Reporting
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has announced adoption of a comprehensive set of new rules governing court reporting. According to Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille, "Implementing these new rules will [help] to ensure a unified and efficient system of court reporting" to standardize these services across the commonwealth's 60 judicial districts. Read the court's order. Read the rules, which go into effect June 1.

Updates on the Affordable Care Act from USI Affinity
Read updates on employer compliance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act from PBA Preferred Partner USI Affinity (member login required).

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