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Pittsburgh Attorney Bridget M. Gillespie Named Pennsylvania Bar Association’s First Director of Western Pennsylvania Services
The PBA has named lawyer Bridget M. Gillespie of Pittsburgh as its first Director of Western Pennsylvania Services. Gillespie will oversee the PBA’s Pittsburgh office, which is slated to open in October as the association’s first satellite office in the state. She will be responsible for membership development, service and outreach to lawyers, judges and county bar associations in the PBA’s twenty-six county western region. Read the media release.
 
Minority and Women Lawyers' Business Development Forum, Sept. 20
The PBA's inaugural Minority and Women Lawyers' Business Development Forum will be held at the PBI CLE Center, Philadelphia, on Sept. 20. The forum, offering up to 3.5 CLE credits, will provide information and opportunities specifically for women and minority attorneys to learn more about contracting with government and corporate entities. A key component of the forum will be the opportunity for participants to meet with decision-makers from some of Pennsylvania's top corporations. Get the event brochure, including registration form.

Meetings, Events
For more on these and other PBA gatherings, in some cases including online registration, go to the meeting or event date(s) via the EVENTS CALENDAR link at upper right.          
     Federal Practice Committee CLE, "A Step-by-Step Journey through the Trial of a Federal Case": Canonsburg, Aug. 30. Get more information, including registration form.
     Avoiding Legal Malpractice Seminars: Get the current list and instructions for registering online for seminars being held from Sept. 9 through Dec. 9.
     Collaborative Law Committee Retreat: Omni Bedford Springs Resort, Sept. 18. Get the event flier.
     Office of Open Records Overview: Harrisburg, Sept. 27; cosponsored by the PBA Administrative Law Section. Get the event flier.
     Civil Litigation Section Regional Dinner: Harrisburg, Sept. 28. Get more information.

Publications Online
Click on the following for recent print and electronic publications available for a limited time to non-members as an indication of one of the benefits of PBA membership as well as membership in PBA committees, sections and other groups: Criminal Justice Section; Elder Law Section; Environmental and Energy Law Section; Intellectual Property Law Section; Federal Practice Committee; Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section; Statutory Law Committee; Women in the Profession; Young Lawyers Division.

Seeking Nominations for the ...
     2016 Government Lawyer of the Year Award:
Presented by the PBA Government Lawyers Committee. Get more information, including a link to the nomination form. Nomination deadline: Oct. 7.
 
Cover1 Lawyer Magazine Covers New Medical-Marijuana Law, Tech, the Candidates ... and Witches
Feature articles in the next Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine cover the impact of the state’s new Medical Marijuana Act on employers, offer tips from “Legal Tech” columnist Kelly Phillips Erb on dealing with negative online reviews of your legal services and offer the editors’ Q’s&A’s with the candidates for U.S. Senate and state attorney general, plus frequent contributor Craig R. Shagin writes on the importance of William Penn’s role in a Pennsylvania witchcraft trial years before the troubles in Salem, Mass. Also in the issue, members’ favorite columns, from “To Wit” to “Ethics Digest” and “War Stories.” Watch for the September/October issue, in the mail and online here for members-only access the week of Aug. 28.
  
Wills for Heroes Program for First Responders
Through the co-sponsorship of the Young Lawyers Division, the PBA supports the Wills for Heroes program in Pennsylvania, providing free wills and other estate-planning documents for police, firefighters and emergency medical personnel. Click here for more program information, including a listing of Wills for Heroes events.
 
Professional Liability Insurance Program Enhancement
The PBA professional liability insurance program through USI Affinity now offers a risk management policy enhancement for CNA policyholders in Pennsylvania. A policyholder using an engagement letter in connection with legal services subject to a malpractice claim will have the deductible applying to that claim reduced by 50 percent, up to $25,000. Certain provisions apply. Learn more.

Featured Member Benefits
     Comcast Business:The PBA has added Comcast Business technology assistance to the long list of member benefits. Members can engage with local Comcast Business representatives to meet the ever-changing technology needs of their law firms. Get more information (member login required) on the new Comcast Business benefit for PBA members only.
     InterCall: Save 60 percent on toll-free audio conferencing and get access to Web conferencing and unified communications services. Call 800-636-2377 or enroll online.
     LawPay Special Offer: The preferred payment solution for attorneys, LawPay offers a secure and convenient way for attorneys to receive payments quickly and easily. And with LawPay's new mobile swiper, it's even easier to accept credit cards anytime, anywhere. Click here to sign up for a LawPay account by Aug. 31 and receive a free LawPay mobile swiper!
     Section Membership Free for One Year: Test-drive membership in one PBA section for free for a 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. Get more information on PBA sections.
     USI Tip of the MonthDid you know that all PBA-endorsed lawyers' professional liability insurance policies are written on a claims-made policy form? To learn how this could impact your claim, contact Jenny Shazes at 610-537-1456 or jenny.shazes@usiaffinity.com. Click here for information on new enhancements to the program, administered by USI Affinity and created in cooperation with CNA.
        
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