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Take Action Now to Defeat a Sales Tax on Legal Services
The Pennsylvania Senate may soon vote on bill to eliminate school property taxes by raising various taxes, including a sales tax on most legal services. The PBA has continued to lobby directly against this legislation and is part of a coalition of organizations taking collective action as well. Please contact your state senator now to help defeat legislation that would harm you and your clients. Click on the Legislative Action Center at left for all the tools you need! 

PBA President Austin Issues Statement Opposing Elimination of Legal Services Funding
Read PBA President Sara A. Austin’s statement regarding President Trump’s proposed budget that would eliminate funding for the Legal Services Corp.

PBA Seeks Candidates for Pennsylvania Delegation to ABA House of Delegates
The PBA is seeking candidates to fill three open seats on the Pennsylvania delegation to the ABA House of Delegates. Letters of interest and accompanying materials are due March 31. Get more information.

Statewide Mock Trial Competition Heads to Championships, March 24-25
Championship weekend in the 2017 Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition begins with the first and second rounds on Friday, March 24, at 3 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. The semi-finals are on Saturday, March 25, at 8:30 a.m., with the final round at 11:30 a.m. All trials will be held in the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg. The Pennsylvania Cable Network will record the final round of the competition for airing statewide on April 1 at 7 p.m., April 2 at 2 p.m. and April 6 at 7:30 p.m. The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation (PBF) is providing funding support for the broadcast. Sponsored by the PBA Young Lawyers Division and supported by the PBF, the competition is one of the largest contests in the nation. Read the PBA news releases.

PBA Forms Medical Marijuana and Hemp Law Committee
PBA President Sara A. Austin has called for the creation of the PBA Medical Marijuana and Hemp Law Committee. The committee will follow developments in the field of medical-cannabis and hemp law and provide a forum for members to share their knowledge and experience. The committee is also charged with monitoring legislative developments and making recommendations concerning relevant legislation and regulations. Read the news releaseGet more information.

The Award Goes to ...
Marisa K. McClellan, solicitor for Dauphin County Social Services for Children and Youth, to receive the Children’s Rights Committee’s Child Advocate of the Year Award during the committee’s spring training program, March 31 in Mechanicsburg. Read the press release. Get more information on the program.

The following to receive awards during PBA Committee/Section Day, March 23, in Harrisburg: Ernest N. Helling, assistant chief counsel, Governor’s Office of General Counsel, Pennsylvania Department of Education, James S. Bowman Award from the Administrative Law Section, read the news release; Bennett G. Picker of Philadelphia, Sir Francis Bacon Alternative Dispute Resolution Award, read the news release.

Mark A. Tarasiewicz, executive director of the Philadelphia Bar Association, receiving the 20th annual Arthur J. Birdsall Award; Collen M. Neary of Media, receiving the Chief Justice John P. Flaherty Award; David S. Posner of Washington, Pa., receiving the Gilbert Nurick Award; and 23 county bar associations from across the commonwealth receiving County Bar Recognition Awards during the Annual Seminar of the Conference of County Bar Leaders, Feb. 23-25, in State College. Read the news releases.

Seeking Nominations for the ...

   2017 David M. Rosenblum GLBT Public Policy Award: Presented by the PBA GLBT Rights Committee. Get more information. Nomination deadline: March 31.
   Young Lawyers Division Michael K. Smith Excellence in Service and Liberty Bell Awards: Read the awards criteria. Smith Award nomination form deadline and Liberty Bell Award nomination form deadline: March 31.

IP Law Section Law Student Writing Contest

The PBA Intellectual Property Law Section is offering $500 to the law-student winner of the section's 2017 writing contest. The winning entry will be published in the section newsletter and on the section page of the PBA website. Get more information, including a link to the contest guidelines. Entry deadline: April 14.

Civil Litigation Section Trial Minicamp
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice David N. Wecht (pictured at left) is among the featured speakers at the Civil Litigation Section’s first Trial Minicamp, 3.5-credit CLE sessions offering tips on opening statements, direct- and cross-examination and closing arguments. Sessions are scheduled in Beaver, March 27; Erie, March 30 and Greensburg, April 6. Each session will feature a Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice and a mix of seasoned trial lawyers. For more information and online registration, go to the event date via the EVENTS CALENDAR link at upper right.

Other Meetings and Events
For more on these and other PBA gatherings, in some cases including online registration, go to the event date via the EVENTS CALENDAR link at upper right.

   PBA Committee/Section Day: Harrisburg, March 23. Get more information

  Civil Litigation Section Retreat: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington, March 24-26. Sold Out.

   Current Issues for Child Advocates: Mechanicsburg, March 31Get more information.
Avoiding Legal Malpractice Seminars: Get the current list and instructions for registering online for seminars beginning April 3.

   Environmental Law Forum: Hilton Harrisburg, April 5-6. Get more information and register online.

    2017 Third Circuit Judicial Conference: Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square, April 19. Get more information

   Civil Litigation Section Regional Dinner: Loews Philadelphia Hotel, April 20. Get more information and register online.


Hotel Reservations Now Being Accepted for PBA Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, May 10-12
Make hotel reservations online or by contacting the Omni William Penn Hotel at 800-THE-OMNI (843-6664). Indicate you are attending the PBA Annual Meeting and make your reservation before April 17 to qualify for the group rate of $165 single or double occupancy per night, plus taxes.

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  Free Section Membership: Test-drive PBA section membership for one free year! Members joining a section for the first time or who have not belonged to the selected section for at least five years are eligible. Register online or call PBA Member Services at 800-932-0311. Get more information on PBA sections.
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Publications Online

Click here for the current, public e-dition of The Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine. Click on the following for recent PBA publications available for a limited time to non-members, illustrating the benefits of membership in the PBA and in these committees, sections and other groups: Federal Practice CommitteeIntellectual Property Section; Labor and Employment Law SectionReal Property, Probate and Trust Law Section; Solo and Small Firm Practice Section and Young Lawyers DivisionAlso availableThe County Line” newsletter.

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Lawyer non-members: Review the benefits of membership and join the PBA now. Members of the media: Connect to the Media Center. For the public: Consumer information.

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