Information, Education, Technology, Networking, Advocacy and Practice Support — the building blocks of a successful practice. You get all of these — and more — as a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
The PBA is your one-stop information source on substantive legal topics, technology, practice support and legislative issues.
Your wide range of member benefits includes free InCite® online legal research, award-winning publications, excellent malpractice and health insurance plans, financial services, discount express shipping, office equipment and retail discounts, teleconferencing services and more.
If you have questions about any of the PBA's programs or services, call the PBA Member Service Center at 1-800-932-0311.
PBA members have access to award-winning publications and other information resources to stay informed of developments and trends in the law that affect their practices.
· The Pennsylvania Lawyer Magazine, free to members bimonthly, reports the latest information on law practice trends, with regular columns on key issues in ethics, legislation, legal technology and legal writing tips.
· The Pennsylvania Bar News, free to members, is the PBA's biweekly newspaper. This publication keeps members up-to-date with summaries of federal, state and local court opinions, substantive analysis of legal developments, the latest legislative news from Capitol Hill and the outstanding "Law Practice Management" and "Avoiding Liability" columns.
· The Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly, free to members, presents comprehensive, scholarly articles focusing on a wide range of contemporary law issues.
· The PBA E-News and other electronic newsletters offer up-to-the-minute information on PBA programs.
· Slip Opinions - Copies of appellate court slip opinions are available to members at a nominal charge.
· At Issue is the newsletter publication of the PBA Young Lawyers Division and is free to all YLD members who provide their addresses to the association. Designed to keep new lawyers abreast of issues affecting those new to the practice of law, the publication typically showcases young legal newsmakers and projects statewide.
· Committee and Section Newsletters, free to members of the respective committees or sections, focus on particular practice areas of the law, including Administrative Law; ADR/Arbitration & Mediation; Business Law; Children’s Rights (Child’s Advocate); Civil Litigation; Criminal Law; Elder Law; Family Law; Government Lawyers (News & Views); Intellectual Property Law; Municipal Law; Real Property, Probate & Trust Law; Solo & Small Firm Practice; Tax Law; Women in the Profession (Voices & Views) and Workers’ Compensation Law.
· The PBA Lawyers Directory & Product Guide is published annually and contains contact information for more than 60,000 lawyers licensed to practice in Pennsylvania as well as rosters of local, state and federal judges and court personnel, state and federal agencies, and local, state and national bar associations. The directory is available in book or online formats. PBA members receive substantial discounts on all versions.
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· Continuing Legal Education - Through the PBA's partnership with the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI), CLE is offered to members at substantial savings. Courses are made available throughout the year at a variety of convenient locations and online. Members receive discount coupons to attend PBI CLE seminars.
· Avoiding Legal Malpractice Seminars - Seminars on avoiding legal malpractice are held throughout the state to help members recognize and avoid malpractice situations. Qualified attendees can receive up to a 5 percent discount on their PBA-sponsored professional liability insurance, plus 1.5 hours of CLE ethics credit. Call 1-800-932-0311, Ext. 2218, for seminar information.
Another PBA members-only benefit offers avoiding liability articles from the PBA Professional Liability Committee. Click here (Members Only) to read the articles.
· Meetings and Conferences - Various PBA section, committee and commission meetings and conferences are held throughout the year to foster collegiality and a good working relationship among PBA leaders, county bar leaders and the general membership. Click here to reach the PBA EVENTS CALENDAR.
· The Advantages of InCite! - PBA members can conduct free legal research online using InCite®, a customized Web-based legal research tool powered by LexisNexis™ information services. InCite is available exclusively to PBA members at www.pabar.org/public/cobranded.asp. The InCite program, the first of its kind between LexisNexis and any state bar association, combines the quality and reliability of LexisNexis services with the PBA’s commitment to supporting lawyers in their practices.
· Law Office Management Support - The PBA's Law Practice Management Service can introduce members to technology and management practices most suitable to their firms. From helping to find hardware or software best suited to their practice to exploring ways to change their benefits package, members will find the information helpful and relevant to the legal profession. The PBA's Law Practice Management Coordinator can be reached at 1-800-932-0311, Ext. 2228, or by e-mail at email@example.com. Click here for Law Practice Management Service information on the PBA Web site.
The PBA's sections and committees are the lifeblood of the association. PBA members may choose to join one or more of the association's committees, which offer opportunities for members to meet and network with practitioners in similar practice areas and to stay current with legal developments. Committee membership is free, while service on some committees is by PBA presidential appointment only.
PBA members may also elect to join one or more of the PBA's substantive sections, which work to educate members on developments in specific practice areas and help formulate recommendations on legislative issues. Each section has its own set of bylaws and requires members to pay dues to fund section activities.
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The PBA is dedicated to helping new lawyers get started in their profession. The Young Lawyers Division presents outstanding programs and opportunities focusing on the professional - and personal - needs of new lawyers. The YLD sponsors educational programs such as the annual New Admittee Conference and the YLD Summer Meeting as well as special public service projects for young lawyers such as the highly successful statewide Mock Trial competition for high school students.
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· Legislative Relations - Keeping members informed about what is happening in the state Legislature is one of the PBA's primary activities. And the PBA has the strength in numbers and the talent in its staff and members to have an impact on legislation affecting the legal profession.
· Legislative Department - The PBA Legislative Department works closely with Pennsylvania's Legislature in representing the views of PBA members as new and revised legislation is developed and proposed. All relevant activity at the Capitol is carefully monitored by PBA staff and reported to the membership.
For copies of bills or the latest information on the PBA's legislative activities, call the Legislative Department at 1-800-932-0311, Ext. 2207.
· PABAR-PAC - The PABAR-PAC, the association's political action committee, takes an active role in the political process. Contributions from the PABAR-PAC are made to candidates for legislative offices on behalf of the organized bar. The Legislative Department works with the PABAR-PAC Board of Directors to maintain an effective voice in the state Legislature in order to address issues that affect lawyers and the practice of law.
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· Claims Repair Hotline - PBA members who have professional liability policies with the association's endorsed insurance carrier may call the confidential hotline to speak with a representative who may help them head off or mitigate a potential malpractice claim. Call 1-800-257-4449.
· Classified Advertisement - In each issue of The Pennsylvania Lawyer and the Pennsylvania Bar News, a classified advertising section appears. These ads cover areas such as positions available, technical services, items for sale and items wanted. Both publications are distributed to the entire PBA membership. This is one of the best ways to reach a large number of lawyers in Pennsylvania. For more information call the PBA at 1-800-932-0311, Ext. 2226.
· Consumer Legal Information Pamphlets (CLIPS) - A series of pamphlets on a variety of topics of interest to the public is available through the PBA Member Service Center at 1-800-932-0311, Ext. 2227, for a nominal fee. Click here to purchase pamphlets through the online PBA Store.
· Court Opinions - Copies of appellate court opinions are available for a nominal fee through the PBA. To order, call the PBA at 1-800-932-0311, Ext. 2272.
· Ethics Hotline - Free advisory opinions, based on the current Rules of Professional Conduct, are available to members through the PBA. All inquiries are confidential. Direct your questions to the PBA's ethics counsel at 1-800-932-0311, Ext. 2214. Click here (Members Only) to reach ethics opinions of the PBA Committee on Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility posted on the PBA Web site.
· Lawyer Dispute Resolution Program - This program resolves disputes between lawyers. For information and/or referral to this program, call 1-800-932-0311, Ext. 2276.
· Lawyer Referral Services for the Public - The PBA Lawyer Referral Service is available in 45 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties. The operation of the service is straightforward: A caller is given the name of a lawyer in his or her county who is registered with the service and has expressed an interest in handling his or her type of case. For more information, call the PBA's Lawyer Referral Service at 1-800-932-0311, Ext. 2209.
The Disability Lawyer Referral Service identifies lawyers who will represent clients with physical or mental disabilities and law firms that are accessible to clients with disabilities. For more information, contact the PBA Member Service Center 1-800-932-0311.
The Lawyer Referral Service for the Parents of Exceptional Children puts callers in touch with lawyers who are knowledgeable about this specialized area of practice. For more information, call the PBA Member Service Center at 1-800-932-0311.
Meeting Rooms - The Pennsylvania Bar Center has a variety of conference rooms for use by our members for depositions and other meetings relating to their practices and bar association activities. Please call ahead to the PBA at 1-800-932-0311, Ext. 2211, to reserve a conference room.
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