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Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, May 6-8
Join your PBA colleagues for the PBA Annual Meeting at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel. Get more information.


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 commencing at the conclusion of the PBA Annual Meeting. For more information on Pugh and the other incoming PBA officers, read the Bar News article; read the article on the new PBA zone governors.

The Award Goes to ...
     Lynne Z. Gold-Bikin of Montgomery County, receiving the Lynette Norton Award, and Penina K. Lieber of Pittsburgh, receiving the Anne X. Alpern Award, both to be presented by the PBA Commission on Women in the Profession during the group's 22nd Annual Conference in Philadelphia, May 7. Read the Gold-Bikin news release. Read the Lieber news release.
     The following, with presentations during the 2015 PBA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, May 6-8:
     Judith Bernstein-Baker, executive director of HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) Pennsylvania, receiving the PBA Immigration Law Pro Bono Award. Read the news release.
     Catherine M. Contino of the Villanova University School of Law class of 2015, first-place winner in the PBA Intellectual Property Law Section writing contest.
     Kimberly Moraski of Lackawanna County, receiving the Michael K. Smith Excellence in Service Award from the PBA Young Lawyers Division. Read the news release.      
     Mary Catherine Roper, deputy legal director, ACLU of Pennsylvania, receiving the inaugural David M. Rosenblum GLBT Public Policy Award from the PBA GLBT Rights Committee. Read the news release.
     Widener University School of Law-Dauphin County Bar Association Incubator Program, which encourages young lawyers to assist low-income clients of MidPenn Legal Services, receiving the 2015 Louis J. Goffman Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation. Read the news release.
     Stephen G. Yusem of Montgomery County, receiving the Sir Francis Bacon Alternative Dispute Resolution Award from the PBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. Read the news release.
    
Members Urged to Oppose Proposed Tax on Legal Services
All 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.

Quigley Catholic High School to Represent Pennsylvania at National Mock Trial Competition, May 14-16
A team from Quigley Catholic High School of Beaver County, winners of the 2015 PBA Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition, will represent the commonwealth at the national mock trial finals in Raleigh, N.C., May 14-16. Read about the national event. Read the PBA news release about the Quigley team. Sponsored by the PBA Young Lawyers Division, the statewide competition is one of the largest in the nation.

Seeking Nominations for the ...
Excellence in Elder Law Award: Presented by the PBA Elder Law Section; get more information, including the nomination form; nomination deadline: May 15.

PBA JEC Rates Candidates for Appellate Courts
This year Pennsylvania voters will elect candidates to fill three seats on the state Supreme Court, one seat on Superior Court and one seat on Commonwealth Court. As an aid to voters, the PBA Judicial Evaluation Commission (JEC) has evaluated and rated the potential candidates. Read the news release on the JEC ratings. For additional information about the elections, go to the PAVoteSmart website. Primary election day is May 19, and the general election date is Nov. 3. 
    
Beware of 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.

Members, Enter the 2015 Lawyer Magazine Fiction Contest
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.
 

Centennial of the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act
The PBA Workers' Compensation Law Section celebrates the 100th anniversary of the enactment of the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act on June 2 with a gala event, educational sessions and keepsakes. Read about the celebration in a recent news release, go to the PBA Store to order medals commemorating the centennial and find out more on the special centennial website.

Celebrating 50 Years in 2015
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the CLE arm of 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.

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 all 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).

Lawyers Saluting Veterans Program
The PBA is recruiting lawyer-volunteers for the Lawyers Saluting Veterans program coordinated by the PBA Pro Bono Office and Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee. Military veterans and lawyer volunteers interested in the program, click here.

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