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Register Now for PBA Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, May 10-12
New this year – no general meeting registration fee! Pay only for the professional development programs, receptions and meal functions you wish to attend. The PBA Women in the Profession (WIP) Annual Conference, “Lessons Learned from the Women’s Movement,” will take place on May 11. Groundbreaking employment discrimination plaintiff Lilly Ledbetter will speak at the WIP keynote luncheon. Get the event brochure, including registration form, or register online. The registration deadline is April 28. Make hotel reservations online or by contacting the Omni William Penn Hotel at 800-THE-OMNI (843-6664).

Coming Soon! Member-to-Member Connection   
On May 1, the PBA will launch a free, statewide practice-area search service. The service will be available exclusively to PBA members who are looking for other lawyers in specific areas of practice and geographic locations. Be sure other lawyers can find you and 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

PBA JEC Reissues Ratings of Appellate Court Candidates Ahead of Primary Election Day, May 16
This year Pennsylvania voters will elect candidates to fill one seat on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, four seats on the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and two seats on the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. As an aid to voters, the PBA Judicial Evaluation Commission (JEC) has reissued its ratings and descriptive paragraphs of potential candidates. Read the news release on the JEC ratings. Primary election day is May 16, and the general election date is Nov. 7.

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!

Seeking Nominations for the ... 
2017 Excellence in Elder Law Award: Presented by the PBA Elder Law Section. Get the nomination form. Nomination deadline: May 1.
2017 Christianson Award:
Presented by the PBA Public Utility Law Section. Get the nomination form. Nomination deadline: May 3.

The Award Goes to ...
The following to receive awards during the PBA Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, May 10-12: Leo L. Dunn, David M. Rosenblum GLBT Public Policy Award, read the news release; PBA Civil and Equal Rights Committee, Award for Outstanding Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion, read the news release.

Deborah Epstein Henry to receive the Anne X. Alpern Award and Victoria S. Madden to receive the Lynette Norton Award, both to be presented by the PBA Commission on Women in the Profession (WIP) during the group’s 24th Annual Conference on May 11. Read the Henry media release. Read the Madden media release. Also during the conference, the law firm of Cozen O’Connor will receive the inaugural WIP Award for the Promotion of Women in the Law. Read the news release. More information, including registration form, included in the PBA Annual Meeting brochure.

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.

   Avoiding Legal Malpractice Seminars: Get the current list and instructions for registering online.

   Civil Litigation Section Regional Dinner: Duquesne Club, Pittsburgh, May 16. Get more information and register online.

   Workers’ Compensation Best Practices and Recommendations: Mechanicsburg, May 17; with a simulcast to 17 additional locations and a live webcast. Get more information and register online.


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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.
   USI Affinity now offers pet insurance for PBA members. Learn more about the coverage and get a quote. USI Insurance Tip: Should you report a potential claim, even if you feel it is unjustified? Absolutely! Your insurer may be able to offer advice that can remedy the situation, enabling you to avoid the prospect of having a claim filed against you. Now offering a risk-management policy enhancement for CNA policyholders in Pennsylvania. Learn more

Lawyer Magazine Lineup for May/June
Feature articles in the upcoming issue of the PBA’s Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine include “Seeing is Not Necessarily Believing: Taking a Second Look at Eyewitness Evidence,” by Thomas G. Wilkinson Jr., a past PBA president, and Harper S. Seldin; “Funding for Civil Legal Aid: Where Do We Go From Here,” by Samuel W. Milkes, executive director, Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network; “The Attorney Talent Wars: How Firms Are Rethinking How They Attract and Retain Top Talent” by Chris Baudler; “Owe Taxes? Stay Home.” by Phyllis Horn Epstein, a past PBA treasurer; and our profile of incoming PBA President Sharon R. López by PBA Senior Publications Editor Nancy H. Wilkes. And for all the creative writers out there, get the rules and entry form for the members-only 2017 fiction contest. Watch for the May/June issue, in the mail and online for members-only access at www.pabar.org the week of April 23.

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 nonmembers, illustrating the benefits of membership in the PBA and in these committees, sections and other groupsCommission on Women in the Profession; Elder Law SectionEnvironmental and Energy Law SectionFamily Law Section; Minority Bar CommitteeTax Law Section and Young Lawyers Division

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