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Members Urged to Oppose Proposed Tax on Legal Services
All PBA members are urged to contact their state legislators to oppose a sales tax on legal services contained in the 2015-16 state budget proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf on March 3. Get more information, including directions for contacting your legislator and the governor (member login required).

2015 Statewide Mock Trial Competition
With more than 300 teams from 269 high schools competing, the 2015 Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition sponsored by the PBA Young Lawyers Division is one of the largest in the nation. Read more about the competition. And if you have experience with the program and are interested in serving as a juror for the championship rounds in Harrisburg, March 27-28, click here for details and sign up; deadline to sign up: March 13.
 
Meetings, Events
For links to additional information on events, in some cases including online registration, click on the EVENTS CALENDAR at upper right and go to the event date(s).
     Civil Litigation Section Philadelphia Regional Dinner: Four Seasons Hotel; March 12. Get the registration form.
     PBA Committee Section Day: Radisson Hotel, Camp Hill; March 25. Get the schedule of meetings.
     Ken Hagreen Tribute Dinner: Radisson Hotel, Camp Hill, honoring the long-time executive director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL) of Pennsylvania; March 25. Get more information on the PBI website. Find out more about LCL.
     Women in the Profession 2015 Spring Conference: Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Pittsburgh, with simulcast to Mechanicsburg, Philadelphia and Scranton; March 27. Get more information, including a link for online registration.
     Environmental and Energy Law Section Environmental Law Forum 2015: Harrisburg Hilton & Towers; April 8-9. Get more information and register on the PBI website.
     27th Annual Minority Attorney Conference: Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh; April 9-10. Get more information, including the registration form.
     Civil Litigation Section Pittsburgh Regional Dinner: The Duquesne Club; April 14. Get the registration form.
     Civil Litigation Section Retreat: Hotel Hershey; April 17-19. Get the event brochure.

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.

Local Bar Associations Honored
The PBA presented County Bar Recognition Awards during the recent Annual Seminar of the Conference of County Bar Leaders in Lancaster. Read more about the awards to 26 county bar associations in recognition of projects that improve the legal profession, justice system and community.
   
Avoidance of Legal Malpractice Seminars
Get the current listing of ALMS dates and locations, including the mail-in registration form. To register online, click here to reach your PBA member My Dashboard page. On that page, under the Events heading, click on Register for an Event.

Recent Awards to ...
      Gretchen A. Mundorff of Fayette County, a PBA past president, receiving the CCBL Chief Justice John P. Flaherty Award. Read the news release.
      Barry M. Simpson, PBA executive director, receiving its 18th annual Arthur J. Birdsall Award. Read the news release.
  
Survey Seeks Feedback on Future of Legal Education
PBA members are invited to take a survey about the skills, characteristics and competencies the profession requires of new lawyers. The survey, which takes 20 to 30 minutes to complete, is part of a national Foundations for Practice project. The survey deadline is March 27. Take the survey. Lean more about Foundations for Practice.
 
Seeking Nominations for ...
     Young Lawyers Division Michael K. Smith Excellence in Service Award and Liberty Bell Award: Given by the PBA YLD and open for nomination by young lawyers only. Read the awards criteria. Get the Michael K. Smith Award nomination form; get the Liberty Bell Award nomination form. Nominations deadline: March 27.
     Louis J. Goffman Awards: Given by the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation (PBF); go to the PBF website for information and the nomination form; nominations deadline: April 1.
     First Annual David M. Rosenblum GLBT Public Policy Award: Presented by the PBA GLBT Rights Committee; get more information, including the nomination form; nomination deadline: April 1.
     Annual Pro Bono Awards: Presented by the PBA Legal Service to the Public Committee; get more information; go to the online nomination form; nominations deadline: April 22.
 
K-12 Student Contests Celebrate Law Day 2015
The PBA and Pennsylvania Bar Foundation are pleased to announce the 2015 Law Day poster, essay and video project contests for K-12 students. The theme for this year's entries is "Symbols of Freedom under the Law," and the entry deadline is March 31. Find contest rules and entry forms on the 2015 Law Day page.

Intellectual Property Law Section Writing Contest for Law Students
The PBA Intellectual Property Law Section is offering $500 to the law student winner of the section's 2015 writing contest. The winning essay, together with those by the second- and third-place finalists, will be published in the section newsletter and on the section page of the PBA website. Law students, find out how to enter. Contest deadline: April 7.

Celebrating the Centennial of Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act
The PBA Workers' Compensation Law Section celebrates the 100th anniversary of the enactment of the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act on June 2 with a gala event, educational sessions and commemorative keepsakes. Read about the celebration in a recent news release, go to the PBA Store to order medals commemorating the centennial and find out more on the special centennial website.

Members, Enter the 2015 Lawyer Magazine Fiction Contest
See your words and your name in print when the top three entries in the 2015 Short Story Fiction Contest are featured in an upcoming issue of The Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine. Get more information, including entry form.

Lawyer Magazine e-dition, PBA Publications Online
Click here for the current e-dition of the PBA's Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine. Click on the following links for recent publications available to non-members for a limited time from these PBA committees, sections and other groups: Administrative Law Section; Civil Litigation SectionCommission on Women in the Profession; Elder Law Section; Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section; Young Lawyers Division. Also available, the latest issue of "The County Line" newsletter and the "Pro Bono News."

Featured Member Benefits
  
   Casemaker: Casemaker, the PBA's free-to-members online research tool, offers comprehensive libraries and an easy-to-use suite of premium services. Lawyer non-members, find out more about Casemaker in these tutorial videos and read about all the benefits of membership, including free online legal research.
     FedEx Discounts, Gift Cards and Merchandise: With FedEx, a PBA Preferred Partner, members save on shipping and earn rewards for loyalty. Enroll in the FedEx Advantage program for discounts of up to 26 percent on select shipping. And after enrolling you can join My FedEx Rewards to earn gift cards and brand-name merchandise when you ship. The FedEx Advantage program runs through Aug. 14, 2015, and enrollment for both programs is free. Get more information (member login required).
     Updates on the Affordable Care Act from USI Affinity: Read updates on employer compliance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act from PBA Preferred Partner USI Affinity (member login required).

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