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PBA News & Information

Statewide Mock Trial Competition
The 2016 Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition is underway. Sponsored by the PBA Young Lawyers Division and supported by the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, it is one of the largest contests in the nation. Read more about it. Watch the "What is Mock Trial" video. Read the PBA news release.

Featured Members-Only Benefits
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     FedEx: Win $10,000 and other prizes in the $25,000 Get Ready Sweepstakes. Get more information (member login required) and enter by Feb. 26.
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     Student-Loan Refinancing: Refinance your loans and qualify for a $300 welcome bonus. Get more information.

$10,000 Stipend for Summer 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. Read more about it. Application deadline: Feb. 26.

Balancing Business, Profession in Next Lawyer Magazine
Is yours among the "large number of law firms that are under-managed and/or poorly managed"? Not sure? Then you'll want to read the assessment by PBA Law Practice Management Coordinator Ellen Freedman, author of the lead article, "Balancing Business and Profession," in the upcoming March/April issue of the PBA's Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine. Also in the issue: Phyllis Horn Epstein, a past PBA treasurer, on why less help is available from the IRS this tax season; an interview with Superior Court Judge Victor P. Stabile; and a call for more Pennsylvania regulation of the new ride-sharing services; plus your favorite columns from Ethics Digest to To Wit. Watch for the magazine, in the mail and online here for members-only access the week of Feb. 21.

Seeking Nominations for the ...
     Solo and Small Firm Practice Section Annual Award. Get the nomination form. Nomination deadline: Feb. 29.
     Law Office Sustainability Award from the PBA Environmental and Energy Law Section to a Pennsylvania Lawyers United for Sustainability (PLUS) Program participant. Get the nomination form. Nomination deadline: March 1. Read more about the PLUS Program.
     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. Read about it in the request for nominations, including printable and online nomination forms. Nomination deadline: March 4.
     Clarity Award from the PBA Plain English Committee. Get the nomination form. Nomination deadline: March 31.
     David M. Rosenblum GLBT Public Policy Award from the PBA GLBT Rights Committee. Get more information. Nomination deadline: April 1.

The Award Goes to ...
     Michael H. Reed of Philadelphia, a past PBA president, to receive the Higginbotham Lifetime Achievement Award at the PBA Minority Attorney Conference on March 18. Read the news release.
     John W. Carroll of Harrisburg, to receive the 2016 Environmental and Energy Law Section Award at the section's Environmental Law Forum on April 6. Read the news release.

Foundation Sponsoring Car Raffle
The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation (PBF) is sponsoring the "Million Miles for Justice" raffle, offering a grand prize of a 2016 Honda Accord EX-L V-6 or $25,000. The drawing will be held at the PBA Annual Dinner, May 12, with proceeds to support PBF legal-aid and law-related-education programs. Get more information on the PBF website.
Calling All Readers: What Are Your Favorite Books?
The editors of the PBA's Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine plan an upcoming issue focused on lawyers' favorite books. Read more about it and email your top-10 list and comments to editor@pabar.org.

Meetings, Events
     50th Annual Conference of County Bar Leaders: Nittany Lion Inn, State College, Feb. 25-27. Get more information on the EVENTS CALENDAR, including links to the meeting brochure and online registration.
     Commonwealth Court Practicum: "Practices, Procedures and Perspectives from the Bench"; presented by the PBA Administrative Law Section at the Pennsylvania Judicial Center, Harrisburg, March 8. Get the program brochure. Registration deadline: March 1.
     Minority Attorney Conference: PBI Conference Center, Philadelphia, March 17-18. Get more information on the EVENTS CALENDAR, including links to the meeting brochure and registration form.
PBA, Other Bars Oppose ABA 'Law Connect' Program
The PBA has expressed its strong opposition to the American Bar Association's "Law Connect" venture with cloud-based Rocket Lawyer, calling on the ABA to reconsider this "misguided and ill-conceived" program. Launched as a pilot project in Pennsylvania, California and Illinois, it is opposed by the PBA and other bar associations in the three states. Read more about the PBA position.

PBA Publications Online
Click on the following for recent publications available to nonmembers for a limited time from PBA committees, sections and other groups: Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee; Commission on Women in the Profession; Criminal Justice Section; Young Lawyers Division. Also available, the latest issue of "The County Line" newsletter.
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