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PBA Committee Formal Opinion on Financial-Data Disclosure
The PBA Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee has issued Revised Formal Opinion 2016-100 regarding financial institution information required to be disclosed on the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania's Attorney Annual Fee Form. The opinion is advisory only and is not binding on the Disciplinary Board or on any court. If the committee receives information from the board that is inconsistent with the guidance provided in the opinion or that provides additional helpful information, the opinion will be updated accordingly. All questions relating to attorney registration should be directed to the Disciplinary Board's Attorney Registration Office, not the PBA. 

Nominate Journalists for PBA Media Awards
Members are invited to nominate reporters and editors for 2017 PBA Media Awards (formerly the William A. Schnader Print Media Awards). The awards honor news, feature and editorial writing that increases the public's understanding of the legal system and the courts. The competition is sponsored by the law firm of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti LLP and is coordinated by the PBA Bar/Press Committee. Get more information.

PBA's 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.

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 ... 
     A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award: Presented by the PBA Minority Bar Committee. Get the nomination form. Nomination deadline: July 14.

The Award Goes to ...
Former State Rep. William R. Lloyd Jr. of Somerset receiving the PBA Public Utility Law Section Christianson Award, June 1 in Harrisburg. 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 Seminar: Franklin County, June 23. Register online.
   Family Law Section Summer Meeting: Richmond, Va., July 13-16. Get the event brochure and register online.
   Solo and Small Firm Section Conference: Bedford Springs, July 19-21. Get the event brochure and register online.
20th Annual Elder Law Institute, Harrisburg, July 20-21. Get more information and register online.
Young Lawyer Summer Summit, State College, July 26-28. Get more information and register online.
   Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section Annual Retreat, Farmington, Aug. 16-18. Get the event brochure.

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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

Variety in Next Lawyer Magazine
The lineup in the next issue of the Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine leads with “Precedents From the Warren Court (1953-69),” in which former Commonwealth Court Prothonotary Daniel R. Schuckers writes that Miranda was not initially accepted by many in the legal community, nor by much of the American public. Nevertheless, most of the court’s major decisions have since become “part of our national culture.” Also featured: PBA Law Practice Management Coordinator Ellen Freedman explores the profitability of “Alternative Fee Arrangements”; John B. Spitzer shares tales of “Pennsylvania Attorneys Who Botched Their Own Wills”; Kevin J. Wilson’s guide to choosing the right valuation approach in “Buy-Sell Agreements”; and Mark E. Battersby on options and obligations for law practices under “The Affordable Care Act: It’s Still the Law.” For all the creative writers out there, get the rules and entry form for the members-only 2017 fiction contest. Watch for the July/August issue, in the mail the week of June 27.

Publications Online

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 groups: Family Law SectionMunicipal Law Section; Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section and Solo and Small Firm Practice Section

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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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