PBA News & Information

  
Preservation Walk
PBA members can help preserve the association's historic buildings in Harrisburg by purchasing an engraved stone in the PBA Preservation Walk. Get the project brochure and order form.

PBA Constitutional
Review Commission Report
The PBA's Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) has issued a report recommending ways to improve state government. All PBA members, committees and sections are encouraged to read the report and take appropriate follow-up action. Click here
for more information; click here
 for the CRC website.
         
Online Access to the Lawyer Magazine
PBA members have online access to The Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine in PDF and e-dition formats. Misplaced a back issue of the magazine? Retrieve it online using your PBA member login. Not a PBA member and want to read what you're missing, click here for the latest e-dition of the magazine. In order to link to websites listed in the e-dition, pop-up blocker has to be turned off. If you are a lawyer practicing in Pennsylvania and are interested in joining or rejoining the PBA, check out the benefits and join the PBA now.
 
PBA Young Lawyers Support 'Wills for Heroes' Program
The Young Lawyers Division co-sponsors the "Wills for Heroes" program in Pennsylvania. Through the support of volunteer lawyers, "Wills for Heroes" provides free wills and other estate-planning documents for police, firefighters and emergency medical personnel who risk their lives every day for the safety of their fellow citizens. Click here for more program information, including a list of upcoming events across the commonwealth.

Contacting or Becoming an Advertiser in PBA Publications
Click here for the online list of and links to display advertisers featured in the latest issue of The Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine. Click here for the online list of classified ads. Would-be display advertisers, click here for information about getting your ad in PBA publications. For information on placing a classified ad, contact Sarah Germak at 800-932-0311, ext. 2226, or Sarah.Germak@pabar.org.

PBA's Expanded Presence in Social Media
The PBA's presence in social media is being enhanced through postings of association event notices, publications, news releases, awards information and more. Select the Twitter icon at upper right to get PBA tweets. PBA staff are also retweeting Twitter posts on opinions and rules changes from the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts. To join in, PBA members should click on the social-media icon links for Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn at the upper right.
For the PBA Young Lawyers Division Facebook page, go to the YLD page and click on the Facebook icon.

Ethics Handbook, Fourth Edition, Now Available from PBI
The latest edition of the Pennsylvania Ethics Handbook incorporates the latest amendments to the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC), featuring updates of all 15 chapters, annotations and commentary. And new this edition, an appendix of the RPC with comments has been added to the fully searchable CD-ROM. Get more information and order on the PBI website.
  
Medals Commemorate 100th Anniversary of Workers' Compensation Act
The PBA Workers' Compensation Law Section is offering bronze medals for sale commemorating the 2015 centennial anniversary of the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act. The medals are available in the PBA Store while supplies last. Learn more about the section's Centennial Committee plans for the 100th anniversary celebration of the act.
 
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.
 
PBA Committees File Amicus Brief in Case Related to Dragonetti Act
The PBA Amicus Curiae Brief Committee and Professional Liability Committee joined in the preparation and recent submission of an amicus brief in a Pennsylvania Supreme Court case on the question of whether a voluntary dismissal of a case should constitute a "favorable termination" for purposes of the Dragonetti Act. The brief, filed in Zappala v. Caroselli, recommends that the court confirm that lawyers should not be exposed to potential liability when they act in a timely manner to withdraw or dismiss claims they learn lack merit. Read the brief.
 
PBA, County Bar Associations Join in Education-Rights Campaign
The PBA and 25 county bar associations are conducting a statewide public-information campaign titled "Have a Voice in Your Exceptional Child's Education," providing 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 an annual series of programs by the Community and Public Relations Committee, with the Legal Services for Exceptional Children Committee serving as a partner year. Read the news release. Get the brochures.