PBA News & Information
PBA Supports National, Statewide Pro Bono Week Celebration, Oct. 19-25In tandem with the American Bar Association's National Pro Bono Week, the PBA and county bar associations across Pennsylvania celebrate 2014 Pro Bono Week, Oct. 19-25. Read more about programs statewide. Read the Pro Bono Week resolutions from the state House of Representatives and state Senate and the Governor's Office proclamation. Get more information about the national celebration. Pro bono is short for the Latin pro bono publico ("for the public good"). Pro bono legal service is provided by lawyers who are not compensated for civil legal assistance to those with limited or no funds.
PBA, County Bar Associations Join in Education-Rights Campaign
The PBA and 25 county bar associations are conducting a statewide information campaign titled "Have a Voice in Your Exceptional Child's Education." The campaign gives parents and guardians an overview of the education rights of students with disabilities and those who are mentally gifted. Funded by the PBA and a grant from the Pennsylvania Bar Insurance and Trust Fund, this is the 12th in a series of statewide public-education efforts by the PBA Community and Public Relations Committee, with the PBA Legal Services for Exceptional Children Committee serving as a partner in this year's campaign. Read the news release. Get the "Education Rights for Students with Disabilities" and "Education Rights for Mentally Gifted Students" brochures.
Workers' Comp Certification Exam Application Period Now Open
For lawyers interested in qualifying for the PBA Workers' Compensation Law Section's specialty certification, the application period runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 15, and the next certification exam is set for March 13, 2015, with locations to be determined. Get more information, including a link to the application form.
Casemaker, the Free Online Legal Research Tool for Members Only
Casemaker is the PBA's free-with-membership online research tool. Casemaker offers comprehensive libraries and an easy-to-use suite of premium services, including CiteCheck, which provides 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 with Casemaker, and join the PBA now.
Midyear Meeting in Jamaica, Jan. 27-31, 2015
Plan now to attend the 2015 PBA Midyear Meeting at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa, Montego Bay, Jamaica. Join your colleagues Jan. 27-31 in informative CLE sessions far from the winter cold in a Caribbean setting of white-sand beaches and turquoise seas. Get the event brochure. Registration deadline: Dec. 17, 2014.
Other 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).
Minority Bar Committee 2014 Diversity Summit: PBI Conference Center, Philadelphia; Oct. 23. Get more information and the registration form.
Exceptional Children Conference: Co-sponsored by the PBA Legal Services for Exceptional Children Committee and PBI, Oct. 27, Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square. Get more information and register on the PBI website.
Collaborative Law Committee Retreat: Omni Bedford Springs Resort; Nov. 3. Get more information.
Commission on Women in the Profession 2014 Fall Retreat: Hotel Hershey; Nov. 14-15. Go to the event flier. Register online.
Committee/Section Day: Holiday Inn Harrisburg East; Nov. 20. Click on the following links for the event schedule, to register online for in-person attendance, to register online for participation by conference call.
Government Lawyers Committee/Administrative Law Section Holiday Reception: PBA Maclay Mansion, Harrisburg; Dec. 9. Go to the event flier. Register online.
Lawyer Magazine Focus on Family Law
The November/December issue of The Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine explores custody issues with a member-written article on the new PBA Family Law Section-produced video, "The Judicial Interview of the Child," and another on grandparent custody, described as "one of the most difficult areas of Pennsylvania family law." Also featured in the issue: the editors' Q&A with gubernatorial candidates Corbett and Wolf; past PBA Treasurer Phyllis Horn Epstein on taxation of damage awards and settlements; "Legal Tech" co-columnist David Narkiewicz on the new Apple Pay mobile payment system; and an "Ethics Digest" formal opinion on the lawyer's ethical obligations when using social media. Watch for the next issue of the PBA-member magazine, in the mail the week of Oct. 26.
Seeking Nominations for ...
2014 Government Lawyer of the Year Award, presented by the PBA Government Lawyers Committee; get more information, including the online nomination form; nomination deadline, Oct. 24.
2015 Anne X. Alpern Award and Lynette Norton Award, presented by the PBA Commission on Women in the Profession; get the Alpern award and Norton award nomination forms; nominations deadline, Dec. 1, 2014.
The PBA Wants You ... for 'Lawyers Saluting Veterans' ProgramThe PBA is recruiting volunteers for the new "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, call 800-932-0311, ext. 2570.
D-Board Seeks Comment on Proposed Rules Changes to Reduce Loss from Misappropriation
The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has proposed amendments to the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct and the Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement to reduce loss resulting from the misappropriation of client and third-party funds. Read the proposed amendments. Written comments on the proposed changes may be submitted on or before Nov. 3, 2014, by mail, email or fax to: Disciplinary Board, Office of the Secretary, 601 Commonwealth Ave., Suite 5600, PO Box 62625, Harrisburg, Pa. 17106-2625; firstname.lastname@example.org; fax: 717-231-3382.
PBF, PBA Host Castille Tribute Nov. 20 Tickets are now available for the tribute to retiring Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille in Harrisburg on Nov. 20. Co-hosted by the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation and PBA, the event will be held 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey Hotel following PBA Committee/Section Day activities. Click here for more information and the registration form. Click here to register for the event online.
Appellate Court Candidate Questionnaire Available; Submission Deadline Dec. 12
Those who are considering filing as candidates for the open Pennsylvania appellate court seats in the 2015 primary election should obtain an evaluation questionnaire from the PBA Judicial Evaluation Commission (JEC). The deadline for return of completed questionnaires for evaluation by the JEC is Dec. 12, 2014. Click here for more information on the JEC evaluation process and on how to obtain the questionnaire and other materials.
State Supreme Court Ruling on Judicial Discipline Notes PBA Input
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania's recent ruling in a case involving judicial discipline lauds the position of the PBA Amicus Curiae Brief Committee. "We note that the PBA has filed a particularly helpful brief ... in the true spirit of 'friend of the Court' advocacy," states the opinion. "We appreciate the PBA's thoughtful input and, in many respects, our judgment is guided by these recommendations." The ruling in In re Magisterial District Judge Bruno concludes that although the Court of Judicial Discipline reviews and carries out recommended sanctions, the high court has ultimate authority in disciplining judges. Read the Oct. 1, 2014, opinion.
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: Criminal Justice Section; Environmental and Energy Law Section; GLBT Rights Committee. Also available, "The County Line."
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