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2016 Report Card on Women Lawyers, Judges
The PBA Commission on Women in the Profession has issued its 21st annual Report Card "as a measure of the evolving participation of women in the PBA, the judiciary and the practice of law." Read the 2016 Report Card, which includes comparison data on other state bar associations across the mid-Atlantic region.
  
Austin Urges Senate Bill 413 Amendments

PBA President Sara A. Austin recently testified at the state Capitol on PBA opposition to Senate Bill 413. As written, the bill would consolidate administrative hearing boards under a newly created Office of Administrative Appeals. The PBA wants the bill amended to exclude the practice of workers' compensation law and the Environmental Hearing Board from the consolidation. Read Austin's testimony. Get more information on the bill.
 
Meetings, Events
Get information on these and other PBA gatherings by clicking on the EVENTS CALENDAR link at upper right and going to the date(s) of the meeting or event.        
     Family Law Section Summer Meeting: Williamsburg, Va., July 14-17. Go to the EVENTS CALENDAR for more information.
     Solo and Small Firm Practice Section Annual Conference: Bedford, July 20-22. Get the event brochure. Get more information, including a link for online registration.
     YLD Summer Meeting and New Admittee Conference: State College, July 27-29. Get the event brochure.
     Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section Annual Retreat: Inn at Pocono Manor, Aug. 10-12. Get more information, including a link to the brochure/registration form and access to online registration.
         
Schnader Awards Call for Nominations
PBA members are invited to nominate reporters and editors for the 2016 William A. Schnader Print Media Awards honoring news, feature and editorial writing that increases public understanding of the legal system and the courts. Members may submit the names of journalists by email to the PBA's Jeff Gingerich, who will contact the nominees to request that the nominated article(s) be entered in the competition. Get more information. Entry deadline: Aug. 12.

The Award Goes to ...
Edward J. Abes of Pittsburgh, to receive the 2016 Irv Stander Award from the PBA Workers' Compensation Law Section on Oct. 5. Read more about the award.

Featured Member Benefits
     Comcast Business:The PBA has added Comcast Business technology assistance to the long list of member benefits. Members can engage with local Comcast Business representatives to meet the ever-changing technology needs of their law firms. Get more information (member login required) on the new Comcast Business benefit for PBA members only.
     Expedia and Verizon: Members-only discounts with vendors on a variety of products and services through the PBA's partnership with National Purchasing Partners. Eligibility requirements apply. Special, limited-time Verizon offers in June. Click here (member login required) to learn more.
     Free Section Membership: Test-drive membership in one PBA section for free for a year! Members joining a section for the first time or who have not belonged to the selected section for at least five years are eligible. Register online or call 800-932-0311. Get more information on PBA sections.
     InterCall: Save 60 percent on toll-free audio conferencing and get access to Web conferencing and unified communications services. Call 800-636-2377 or enroll online.
     Lenovo Savings in June: Summer brings a home run of instant savings on Lenovo's award-winning technologies. As a PBA member, you can take advantage of this month's special offers of up to 29 percent off select, high-performance laptops, desktops, tablets, accessories and more! And don't forget to prepare for a rainy day by upgrading your warranty service. Visit www.lenovo.com/statebar or call 800-426-7235, ext. 3577.
     Student-Loan Refinancing: Refinance and qualify for a $300 welcome bonus. Get more information.

Find Variety in July/August Lawyer Magazine
From lawyers' favorite books to the benefits of practicing "green" environmental law, from suggestions for more effective medical-negligence practice to best-practices in writing a prenup, plus the reflections of a lawyer/radio-talk-show host, members will find it all in the PBA's July/August Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine. Also in the issue, your favorite columns, from "Legal Tech" to "To Wit," "Ethics Digest" to "War Stories." Watch for your next issue, in the mail and online here for members-only access the week of June 26.

Insurance Fund and Trust Fund Officers, Trustees Named for 2016-17
The Pennsylvania Bar Insurance Fund and Trust Fund has announced the officers and trustees named to serve in 2016-17. Get more information. Read more about the funds.

PBA Committee Formal Opinion on Financial-Data Disclosure
The PBA Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee has issued Formal Opinion 2016-100 in response to recent PBA Ethics Hotline inquiries regarding financial-institution information required to be disclosed on the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania's Attorney Annual Fee Form. The opinion is advisory only and is not binding on the Disciplinary Board or on any court. If the committee receives information from the board that is inconsistent with the guidance provided in the opinion or that provides additional helpful information, the opinion will be updated accordingly. All questions relating to attorney registration should be directed to the Disciplinary Board's Attorney Registration Office, not the PBA. Click here for that office's contact information.
  

Online Attorney Registration Now Mandatory
The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania reminds Pennsylvania lawyers that they now must complete and submit their annual attorney registration online through the Unified Judicial System (UJS) web portal. Click here to register through the UJS web portal. Click here for more information on the Disciplinary Board website. To avoid late fees, attorney registration must be completed by July 1.


Publications Online
Click on the following for recent print and electronic publications available to non-members for a limited time as an indication to those non-members of the benefits of PBA membership as well as membership in PBA committees, sections and other groups: Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee; Family Law Section; Young Lawyers Division.
 
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