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Be Alert to Email Scams

If you receive what seems to be a fraudulent email, it should be deleted unopened, as it likely contains malicious software. In the past, PBA members have reported receiving scam emails from would-be "clients" and from others claiming to represent the Disciplinary Board or IRS. Concerned members, click here to file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center, and read more about IRS-related "phishing" and how to report it here.

Amendment to Commonwealth Court Internal Operating Procedure §414
The Commonwealth Court has amended Internal Operating Procedure §414, 210 Pa. Code §69.414, effective March 10, 2017. The amendment is the addition of a second sentence at the end of paragraph (d), bolded below.
§414. Citing Judicial Opinions--
   (a) An unreported opinion of this court may be cited and relied upon when it is relevant under the doctrine of law of the case, res judicata or collateral estoppel.  Parties may also cite an unreported panel decision of this court issued after Jan. 15, 2008, for its persuasive value, but not as binding precedent.
   (b) Except as provided in subsection (d) (relating to single judge opinions in election law matters), a single-judge opinion of this court, even if reported, shall be cited only for its persuasive value and not as a binding precedent.
   (c) A reported opinion of the court en banc or panel may be cited as binding precedent.
   (d) A reported opinion of a single judge filed after Oct. 1, 2013, in an election law matter may be cited as binding precedent in an election law matter only. For purposes of IOP §414, “an election law matter” is one that involves the content of a ballot for the next ensuing election.

Preservation Walk
PBA members can help preserve the association's historic buildings in Harrisburg by purchasing an engraved stone in the PBA Preservation Walk. Get the project brochure and order form.

Lawyers Saluting Veterans Program
The PBA is recruiting lawyer-volunteers for the Lawyers Saluting Veterans program coordinated by the PBA Pro Bono Office and Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee. Military veterans and lawyer volunteers interested in the program, click here.

Contacting or Becoming an Advertiser in PBA Publications
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for the online list of and links to display advertisers featured in the latest issue of The Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine. Click on the following links for information on and links to classified advertisers in the latest issues of the Lawyer magazine and the Pennsylvania Bar News biweekly newspaper. Would-be display advertisers, click here for information about getting your ad in PBA publications. For information on placing a classified ad in PBA publications, call 800-932-0311, ext. 2226.

Online Access to the Lawyer Magazine
PBA members, you have online access to The Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine in PDF and e-dition formats. Misplaced a back issue of the magazine? Retrieve it online using your
PBA member login. If you are a lawyer in practice in Pennsylvania and not a PBA member but  interested in joining the PBA, check out the benefits of membership and join the PBA.