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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.

Member Survey on PBA House of Delegates
All PBA members are encouraged to complete a brief survey regarding access to serving as leaders of the association, specifically the PBA House of Delegates. The anonymous survey is being conducted by the PBA Task Force on House of Delegates Term Limits. Deadline for responses is March 17Open the survey (member login required).

Chief Justice Saylor and PBA President Austin Ask Lawyers to Support Pro Bono Service
Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Thomas G. Saylor has joined with PBA President Sara A. Austin to request that all lawyers make a personal commitment to provide pro bono service through direct representation of the poor and financial support of legal aid programs. Read the letter directed to nearly 70,000 Pennsylvania registered lawyers.

PBA Issues Statement Regarding President’s Public Statements on Judges and the Courts
Read PBA President Sara A. Austin’s statement regarding President Trump’s public statements on judges and the courts.

PBA JEC Rates 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, four on the Superior Court and two on the Commonwealth Court. As an aid to voters, the PBA Judicial Evaluation Commission (JEC) has evaluated and rated the potential candidates. Read the news release on the JEC ratings. For additional information about the elections, go to the PAVoteSmart website. Primary election day is May 16, and the general election date is Nov. 7.

Robert F. Morris, chair of the JEC, talked about the rating process with lawyer and host Tom O’Shea during a Legal Lines cable television program sponsored by the York County Bar Foundation. Watch the video.

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.


2017 Statewide Mock Trial Competition 
District competition in the 2017 Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition sponsored by the PBA Young Lawyers Division is underway. With teams from more than 250 schools across Pennsylvania taking part, this annual competition is consistently one of the largest contests of its kind in the nation. Read more about the competition and watch the "What is Mock Trial" video. The statewide contest concludes with the State Championship Weekend in Harrisburg on March 24-25, and the state winner then goes on to the national competition in Hartford, Conn., May 11-13. Read the PBA news release.

The Award Goes to ...
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 ...

   PBA Solo and Small Firm Practice Section Award: Get more information. Nomination deadline: Feb. 28.   

   Award for Outstanding Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion from the PBA Diversity Team to a PBA entity for supporting the PBA Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan. Get more information, including the nomination form, in the request for nominations. Nomination deadline: March 4.
   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.

Section Awards for Law Students
   Stipend for Summer 2017 Internship in Environmental, Energy Law: 
The PBA Environmental and Energy Law Section is awarding a $10,000 stipend to support a pro bono summer internship in the field of environmental and/or energy law (EEL). Read more about the award and the application process. Application deadline: Feb. 24.
   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.

PBA Committee/Section Day, 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.

   23rd Annual Health Law Institute: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, March 7-8. More information, including online registration.

  Labor & Employment Law Section Retreat: Hotel Hershey, March 10-11. Get the retreat brochure.

   WIP Spring Conference: PBI CLE Conference Center, Philadelphia, March 16. Get more information and register online.

   Lessons Live from the Bench, featuring judges of the Commonwealth Court:  Pittsburgh, March 21. Get more information and register online.

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

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

   Civil Litigation Section Trial Minicamp: Beaver, March 27; Erie, March 30 and April 6, Greensburg. For more information and online registration, go to the event date via the EVENTS CALENDAR link at upper right.

   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


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: Environmental and Energy Law Section; Federal Practice CommitteeIntellectual Property Section; Labor and Employment Law SectionReal Property, Probate and Trust Law Section and Young Lawyers DivisionAlso availableThe County Line” newsletter.

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