To join a PBA section, click on the MEMBER DASHBOARD link at the upper right of this page. On your dashboard, under the heading Online Store, click on Sections and on the next page indicate your preference to join one or more section(s).
See below the dues for and a brief description of each PBA section. Go to the sections list for information on each section.
Administrative Law Section $25
The Administrative Law Section was established to observe and make recommendations, primarily at the state level, on the effectiveness of government-issued regulations.
Aeronautical and Space Law Section $20
Lawyers working for high-tech firms, the aircraft/-space industry or the military are likely to find this section the most beneficial. Members benefit from CLE programs and other events. The section places a strong emphasis on aviation law such as airline regulations and on space-related matters.
Business Law Section $40
With an emphasis on commercial and corporate law as it is applied in Pennsylvania, this section focuses on legislation affecting businesses and corporate entities. Members have been actively pursuing revisions to the corporate law and the uniform commercial law. "The Corporation Banking & Business Law Newsletter" is published four times a year and contains articles on corporate law, tax law, banking law and consumer issues.
Civil Litigation Section $45
As one of the strongest PBA bodies, the Civil Litigation Section offers CLE-based retreats and meetings for members to maintain their practice standards and for networking with their peers. Through its quarterly newsletter and bulletins, the section also provides its members with concise studies and timely information about recent court decisions on a variety of litigation matters as well as section news.
Criminal Justice Section $35
The Criminal Justice Section, foremostly, is concerned with protecting the rights of all individuals who are involved in criminal court proceedings. This is a chance for both defense- and prosecution- oriented members to be involved in issues such as prison overcrowding and the length of criminal proceedings in the court, as is currently under study. Members receive, free, the Criminal Law Section Newsletter which lists and reviews decisions of recent criminal cases in Pennsylvania. The newsletter is published six times a year.
Education Law Section $15
The Education Law Section is a resource for lawyers involved with protecting students, teachers and administrators. The section concentrates on curriculum requirements and employment rights. One of the section's goals is to help improve the relationship between school boards and their employees. Members are kept informed of developments in this area of practice and section activity through the section's newsletter, published four times a year.
Elder Law Section $35
The Elder Law Section shall assist members of the legal community, the elderly population and those associated with the elderly community by developing educational programs focusing on advancements in elder law. The committee shall study, review and make recommendations concerning legislation affecting the elder community.
Environmental and Energy Law Section $25
Lawyers concerned with such issues as land preservation, sewage disposal (commercial and individual), and mining and drilling regulations will find this section to be of real benefit. Given that the section's activities are focused on these concerns, a key function of the section is to monitor regulations handed down by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Environmental regulatory decisions are reported through the section newsletter, released six times a year.
Family Law Section $65
This section focuses its efforts on domestic issues including marriage, divorce, child custody and surrogate motherhood. Section members meet twice a year for programs addressing these and other topics. In addition, these meetings offer members case law updates at no charge. The updates examine the logic and reasoning of recent related court decisions. The section newsletter, available to section members at no charge (a $65 value), reviews recent legislation and court decisions related to family law.
Intellectual Property Law Section $45
The Intellectual Property Law Section is the newest PBA section. It has grown from committee status and now leads the association's efforts in furthering the development of the law and procedures related to intellectual property. Also, the section will be working to obtain uniformity with respect to both legislation and administration in matters concerning those laws and procedures and to simplify and improve the application of justice in intellectual property law.
International & Comparative Law Section $15
This section is particularly suited for lawyers working in multi-national corporations or who are exposed to legal systems in foreign countries. Members benefit from the section's work in monitoring treaties, immigration matters and events related to the World Court.
Labor & Employment Law Section $40
This section deals with all aspects of labor relations, including the relationship between labor unions and employees. It monitors legislative developments and judicial decisions. In recent months, the section has actively sponsored a number of CLE programs.
Municipal Law Section $15
Solicitors for any form of political subdivision other than a school system will find this section useful. The Municipal Law Section also appeals to lawyers who have as clients police departments, municipal authorities or individuals who deal with these entities. Section activities are reported to members in the quarterly newsletter.
Public Utility Law Section $25
Lawyers representing public utilities will find this section particularly useful. The section sponsors a series of statewide luncheon programs featuring speakers from regulatory agencies. Information regarding new regulations and judicial decisions involving utilities is shared with members through the section newsletter published four times a year.
Real Property Probate & Trust Law Section $35
This section concentrates on landlord-tenant relations, environmental issues, eminent domain and probate matters. Members also are active in improving the relationship between realtors and lawyers. The section newsletter, published twice a year, reports on section activities, and members gather at a section meeting once a year to share information, learn of new developments and network at both professional and social events.
Solo & Small Firm Practice Section $35
The Solo and Small Firm Section is designed for lawyers whose practices cover a broad range of issues as individual practitioners. Members can benefit from the flow of information through its quarterly newsletter about such key matters as law office management and the latest developments in law office automation and technology. Also, the section typically has a program for its members at the PBA Annual Meeting and sponsors a spring section retreat featuring CLE and time for more casual networking.
Tax Law Section $15
The Tax Law Section specializes in state and local tax issues, but also deals with problems in the federal tax system. Committees of this section frequently meet with state officials to discuss proposed legislation, plan educational programs and deal with practice development issues. The section's newsletter is published twice a year and contains valuable information on cases and other developments.
Workers' Compensation Law Section $30
Workers' Compensation Law This section provides its members the opportunity to work closely with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers' Compensation on regulations and rules pertaining to workers' compensation claims. The section has a primary interest in the free and frequent exchange of information regarding legal developments, and in acting as liaison with the Bureau of Workers' Compensation to ensure that the interests of claimants, employers and the lawyer community are protected fairly in the regulatory, legislative and administrative processes. Meetings and substantive workshops are held at various times or events throughout the year, including the PBA Annual Meeting. Information is also shared through the section's bi-monthly newsletter that reports on recent relevant court cases and presents a range of essays and case analyses.