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Casemaker Offers Free Trial of vLex Global Platform

Now through May 26, PBA members have free, unlimited use of the vLex Global Platform, which offers primary and secondary legal materials for more than 100 countries. As part of new partnership, users of Casemaker can access vLex materials directly from Casemaker. Learn more about vLex. Click here for a usage guide (member login required). To access Casemaker, click here or on the Casemaker icon at right (member login required).

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
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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 thguide.

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 ...
Members and others, presented at the recent PBA Annual Meeting in recognition of outstanding leadership in the legal profession and extraordinary service to and longstanding membership in the PBA. Read the news release.

York-based Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center to receive the PBA Immigration Law Pro Bono Award during the York Bar Association President’s Breakfast, 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.
   Administrative Law Section Meet & Greet with Commonwealth Court Judge Julia K. Hearthway: West Chester, May 23. Get more information on the Events Calendar.
   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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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

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 groups: Commission on Women in the Profession; Federal Practice CommitteeGLBT Rights CommitteeElder Law SectionEnvironmental and Energy Law SectionFamily Law Section; Minority Bar Committee; Municipal Law SectionTax Law Section and Young Lawyers Division

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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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