PBA News & Information
López, Other Leaders Take Office
Read The Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine profile of Sharon López, the 123rd president of the PBA and the association’s first Latina president. Learn more about López and the 2017-18 leadership team by visiting the Media Center. Read the news release on the more than 80 appointees from across the state who have taken leadership roles as 2017-18 chairs of PBA committees and sections.
Family Law Section Chair Testifies Before Pa. House of Representatives
PBA Family Law Section Chair Mark K. Ashton recently testified before the Pa. House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Family Law, presenting the PBA’s opposition to HB 1250, which would amend alimony and support law. The PBA House of Delegates recently approved the section’s recommendation that the PBA oppose the current proposed legislation, which would vastly expand the number of cases that will require full record judicial proceedings, burdening the judicial system with thousands of new cases with no objective support formula and the citizens of the commonwealth with legal expenditures devoted to convincing the courts of what is and is not a basic support need. Read the testimony. Read about the bill.
Lawyers Certified as Workers' Comp Specialists
Eleven Pennsylvania lawyers have completed the PBA Workers' Compensation Law Section's 2017 certification process to become specialists in workers' compensation law. Read the news release listing the newly certified workers' comp specialists. Read more about the certification process.
PBA Launches Exclusive Member-to-Member Connection
This new free, statewide service allows PBA members to search for other members by specific areas of practice and geographic locations. Try it now – go to the Member-to-Member Connection. Make the most of the service by ensuring that your areas of practice are up to date. Click on the Member Login link at the top right of this webpage. After entering your username and password, look for the Update My Information link under the My Dashboard heading on the left side of the screen.
Guide to Legal Issues for Pennsylvania Senior Citizens Now Available
The 2016-17 edition of A Guide to Legal Issues for Pennsylvania Senior Citizens has been prepared by members of the PBA Senior Lawyers Committee to provide basic information about the legal issues faced by Pennsylvania’s older residents and their caregivers, as well as various services and ways to access them. Download the guide.
Take Action Now to Defeat a Sales Tax on Legal Services
The Pennsylvania Senate may soon vote on a 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!
The Award Goes to ...
York-based Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center receiving the PBA Immigration Law Pro Bono Award, May 24 in York. Read the news release.
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.
Avoiding Legal Malpractice Seminars: Get the current list and instructions for registering online.
34th Annual Criminal Law Symposium: Harrisburg, June 8-9. Get more information and register online.
Solo and Small Firm Section Conference: Bedford Springs, July 19-21. Get the event brochure.
20th Annual Elder Law Institute, Harrisburg, July 20-21. Get more information and register online.
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