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Members Urged to Oppose Proposed Tax on Legal Services
PBA members are urged to contact their state legislators to oppose a sales tax on legal services contained in the 2015-16 state budget proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf. Get more information, including directions for contacting your legislator and the governor.

The Award Goes to ...
    Donald J. Martin of Norristown, receiving the PBA Solo and Small Firm Practice Section Award. Read the news release.
    The PBA Minority Bar Committee, receiving the inaugural Award for Outstanding Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion from the PBA Diversity Team. Read the news release.

PBA Celebrates Law Day
Among events during the month of May supported by the PBA in celebration of Law Day 2015, a program was held at Wyoming Valley West High School, Luzerne County, on May 4. Read more about the event. Read about the PBA Law Day program funded by the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation. Find more about Law Day 2015 on the American Bar Association website.

New Court-Reporting Rules in Effect June 1
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has adopted new rules governing court reporting to standardize services across the commonwealth's 60 judicial districts. Read the court's order. Read the rules.


Bednarik Memorial Scholarship Fund
Administered by the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, the Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship Fund has been created to support an annual scholarship to a law student or lawyer in practice for less than three years who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to animal law/animal welfare. Get more information. Application deadline: July 1.

Meetings, Events
For links to additional information on meetings and events, in some cases including online registration, click on the EVENTS CALENDAR at upper right and go to the event date(s).
     Workers' Compensation Act Centennial Gala: Hershey Lodge, June 1, part of the PBA Workers' Compensation Law Section celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act. Read about the celebration. Go to the PBA Store to order medals commemorating the centennial. Find out more on the special centennial website.
     Solo and Small Firm Conference: Omni Bedford Springs Resort, July 23-24. For more information and online registration, go to the PBI website

  
Enter the 2015 Lawyer Magazine Fiction Contest
PBA members, see your words and your name in print when the top three entries in the 2015 Short Story Fiction Contest are featured in an upcoming issue of The Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine. Get more information, including entry form.
 

Pugh, Other PBA Leaders Take Office
Read The Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine profile of William H. Pugh V, PBA president for the 2015-16 bar year. For more information on Pugh and the other incoming PBA officers, read the Bar News article; read the Bar News article on the new PBA zone governors.

 
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the CLE arm of the PBA. PBI invites members to visit the PBI 50 Web page for more information and special offers during the year-long celebration. Click here for a Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine article on PBI 50, and visit the home page of the recently redesigned PBI website.

Be Alert to the Latest Internet, Email Scams

PBA members have recently reported receiving scam emails from would-be "clients" and from others claiming to be from the IRS. Concerned members may file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), a partnership of the FBI, the National White Collar Crime Center and the Bureau of Justice Assistance. Click here to file a complaint with IC3. Read more about IRS-related "phishing" and how to report it here

Lawyer Magazine 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 recent publications available to non-members for a limited time from these PBA committees, sections and other groups: Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee; Civil Litigation Section; Commission on Women in the Profession;  Environmental and Energy Law Section; Minority Bar Committee; Municipal Law Section; Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section. Also available, the latest issue of "The County Line" newsletter. For lawyers practicing in Pennsylvania who are not PBA members, get full-time access to these resources and the many benefits of membership by joining the PBA now.

Featured Member Benefits
     ACA Updates: Read updates on employer-compliance rules under the Affordable Care Act (provided by USI Affinity) (member login required).
  
   Casemaker: The online legal research tool offers an easy-to-use suite of premium services. Lawyer non-members, find out more about Casemaker in these tutorial videos and read about the benefits of PBA membership, including free online legal research.
     FedEx: Members save on shipping and earn rewards for loyalty. Enroll in the FedEx Advantage program through Aug. 14 for discounts on select shipping. Get more information (member login required).

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