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Register Now for the PBA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, May 6-8
Join your PBA colleagues for professional development, networking and sophisticated fun during the PBA Annual Meeting at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, May 6-8. For more information and registration forms, get the brochure.

Pugh Takes Office as PBA President, May 8
William H. Pugh V, managing partner of the law firm of Kane, Pugh, Knoell, Troy & Kramer LLP in Norristown and Philadelphia, will become the 121st president of the PBA when the association's 2015 annual meeting concludes on May 8. Read the news release. For profiles of Pugh and the other PBA officers for the 2015-16 bar year, read the Bar News article.

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. Get more information, including directions for contacting your legislator and the governor.

PBA JEC Rates Candidates for Appellate Courts
In 2015, Pennsylvania voters will be electing candidates to fill three seats on the state Supreme Court, one seat on Superior Court and one seat on Commonwealth Court. As an aid to voters, the PBA Judicial Evaluation Commission (JEC) has evaluated and rated the potential candidates for these three state appellate courts. Read the news release on the JEC ratings. For additional information about the elections, go to the PAVoteSmart website. Primary election day is May 19, and the general election will be held on Nov. 3.

Quigley Catholic High School to Represent Pennsylvania at National Mock Trial Competition, May 14-16
A team from Quigley Catholic High School of Beaver County, winners of the 2015 PBA Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition, will represent the commonwealth at the national mock trial finals in Raleigh, N.C., May 14-16. Read more about the national event. Read the PBA news release about the Quigley team, judged the best of more than 300 teams competing in the PBA contest this year. Sponsored by the PBA Young Lawyers Division, the statewide competition is one of the largest in the nation.

Seeking Nominations for the ...
     Excellence in Elder Law Award: Presented by the PBA Elder Law Section; get more information, including the nomination form; nomination deadline: May 15.
    
Members, Beware of the Latest Internet and Email Scams
PBA members have recently reported receiving scam emails from would-be "clients" and from others claiming to be from the IRS. Concerned members may file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), a partnership of the FBI, the National White Collar Crime Center and the Bureau of Justice Assistance. Click here to file a complaint with IC3. Read more about IRS-related "phishing" and how to report it here.

Find Meeting, Event Information on the EVENTS CALENDAR
For information on PBA meetings and events, including links to online registration and program brochures, use the EVENTS CALENDAR and go to the event date(s).
  
May/June Lawyer Magazine in the Mail
The next issue of the PBA's Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine includes articles by Ellen Freedman, PBA law practice management coordinator; "Practice-Ready Legal Education" by Gary S. Gildin, interim dean at Penn State's Dickinson Law, Carlisle; and a profile of incoming PBA President Bill Pugh. And for the creative writers out there, get the rules and entry form for the magazine's members-only 2015 fiction contest. Watch for the May/June issue, in the mail now.

The Award Goes to ...
     Judge Eleanor L. Bush of Allegheny County, named Child Advocate of the Year by the PBA Children's Rights Committee. Read the news release.
     Stephen G. Yusem: Receiving the Sir Francis Bacon Alternative Dispute Resolution Award, to be presented by the PBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee on May 6 during the PBA Annual Meeting. Read the news release.
     Lynne Z. Gold-Bikin of Montgomery County, receiving the Lynette Norton Award, and Penina K. Lieber of Pittsburgh, receiving the Anne X. Alpern Award, both to be presented by the PBA Commission on Women in the Profession on May 7. Read the Gold-Bikin news release. Read the Lieber news release.
     Mary Catherine Roper, deputy legal director, ACLU of Pennsylvania, receiving the inaugural David M. Rosenblum GLBT Public Policy Award from the PBA GLBT Rights Committee, to be presented May 7 during the PBA Annual Meeting. Read the news release.
    

Celebrating 50 Years in 2015
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the CLE arm of PBA. PBI invites members to visit the PBI 50 Web page for more information and special offers during the year-long celebration. Click here for a Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine article on PBI 50, and visit the home page of the recently redesigned PBI website.

Centennial of the 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 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.

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.
 
PBA Publications Online
Click on the following links for recent publications available to non-members for a limited time from these PBA committees, sections and other groups: Civil Litigation Section; Environmental and Energy Law Section; Municipal Law Section; Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section. Also available, the latest issue of "The County Line" newsletter. For lawyers practicing in Pennsylvania who are not PBA members, get full-time access to these resources and the many benefits of membership by joining the PBA now.
 
Featured Member Benefits
     ACA Updates: Read updates on employer-compliance rules under the Affordable Care Act (provided by USI Affinity) (member login required).
  
   Casemaker: Free to PBA members, the online legal research tool offers 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 PBA membership, including free online legal research.
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