PBA News and Information    

Supreme Court Advisory-Group Vacancies, Applications
For information on the latest vacancies on advisory groups of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, go to the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania website.

Supreme Court Issues New Public Access Policy for Appellate and Trial Court Case Records

By order on Jan. 6, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has adopted a new public access policy that, for the first time, establishes uniform standards for all appellate and trial courts in responding to requests from the public for case records. The policy includes how requests for access are to be handled, establishes a limit on copying fees and delineates what information will be safeguarded.

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.

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.

State Supreme Court Amends RPC
     Rule 1.2: The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has adopted amendments to Rule 1.2 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC). Based on a
 recommendation of the PBA Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee, the amendments add a new paragraph (e), which provides, “A lawyer may counsel or assist a client regarding conduct expressly permitted by Pennsylvania law, provided that the lawyer counsels the client about the legal consequences, under other applicable law, of the client’s proposed course of conduct.”
     Rule 1.17: The court has adopted amendments to Rule 1.17 of the RPC. Based on a
 recommendation of the PBA Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee, the amendments bring the rule into conformity with ABA Model Rule 1.17, permitting the sale of an entire practice or an entire area of practice to one or more lawyers and allowing the seller to assist the buyer in the orderly transition of active client matters for a reasonable period after the closing of the sale without a fee.

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
Click here 
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.