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Minority and Women Lawyers' Business Development Forum, Sept. 20
The PBA's inaugural Minority and Women Lawyers' Business Development Forum will be held at the PBI CLE Center, Philadelphia, on Sept. 20. The forum, offering up to 3.5 CLE credits, will provide information and opportunities specifically for women and minority attorneys to learn more about contracting with government and corporate entities. A key component of the forum will be the opportunity for participants to meet with decision-makers from some of Pennsylvania's top corporations. Get the event brochure, including registration form. Registration deadline: Aug. 22.

PBA Seeking Candidates for Director of Western Pennsylvania Services
The PBA is seeking an attorney for the new position of director of Western Pennsylvania services. Read the job announcement. This position is based in the PBA's Pittsburgh office. Interested individuals should submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirement to the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Attn. HR Dept., P.O. Box 186, Harrisburg, Pa. 17108-0186. EOE.
 

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 Announces 2016-17 BLI Class
PBA President Sara A. Austin has named 12 Pennsylvania lawyers to the 2016-17 class of the association's Bar Leadership Institute (BLI), the PBA's ongoing program to recruit and develop the future leaders of the association. Read the news release.

  
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.        
     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.
     Civil Litigation Section Regional Dinner: Harrisburg, Sept. 28. Get more information.
         
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.

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.

Meet State Supreme Court Justices in PBI Webinar

Meet three new Supreme Court justices in a PBI webinar replay and earn 1.5 substantive CLE credits. The webinar features Judge Mark A. Kearney of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania as moderator with Justices Christine Donohue, Kevin M. Dougherty and David M. Wecht in a fast-paced discussion offering the jurists' insights on the court and how it operates. Webinar replay dates: July 26, Aug. 31 and Sept. 30, noon to 1:30 p.m. Get more information.

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. Read the news release.

PBA Supports Wills for Heroes Program for First Responders
Through the co-sponsorship of the Young Lawyers Division, the PBA supports the Wills for Heroes program in Pennsylvania, providing free wills and other estate-planning documents for police, firefighters and emergency medical personnel. Click here for more program information, including a listing of Wills for Heroes events.

Publications Online
Click here for the current, public e-dition of The Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine. 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; Elder Law Section; Environmental and Energy Law Section; Family Law Section; Municipal Law Section; Young Lawyers Division; Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section. Also available, the latest issue of "The County Line" newsletter.

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.
     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.
     LawPay Special Offer: The preferred payment solution for attorneys, LawPay offers a secure and convenient way for attorneys to receive payments quickly and easily. And with LawPay's new mobile swiper, it's even easier to accept credit cards anytime, anywhere. Click here to sign up for a LawPay account by Aug. 31 and receive a free LawPay mobile swiper!
     Section Membership Free for One Year: 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. Get more information on PBA sections.
     Lenovo: This month, add sparkle to your home or home-office PC with great accessories and warranty service! During July, PBA members benefit from special offers of up to 21 percent off select computer technologies! Visit www.lenovo.com/statebar or call 800-426-7235, ext. 3577.
             
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