PBA News & Information
PBA JEC Rates State Appellate Court Candidates on the Ballot Nov. 3As an aid to voters, the PBA Judicial Evaluation Commission has rated the candidates for the state Supreme Court, Superior Court and Commonwealth Court in the General Election to be held on Nov. 3. All of the candidates on the ballot have signed the PBA's "Judicial Candidate's Pledge" promising to follow advertising guidelines that promote fair and dignified campaigns. For more on the pledge and the JEC's candidate ratings, go to the PAVoteSmart website.
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The law firms of Curtin & Heefner LLP and McQuaide Blasko, being added to the PBA Commission on Women in the Profession's Honor Roll of Legal Organizations Welcoming Women Professionals. Read the news release.
PBA Wins Publication, Marketing Awards in National CompetitionThe PBA has been awarded two 2015 Fastcase Luminary Awards for communications excellence among large bar associations from the National Association of Bar Executives, winning the regular-publications competition for The Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine and in the marketing category for the 2015 trial-membership campaign. The national awards "recognize excellence in bar association communications by honoring outstanding projects of the past year." In announcing the awards to the PBA Board of Governors on Oct. 5, PBA Executive Director Barry M. Simpson said, "Being recognized on a national level is a testament to our staff's professionalism and is fitting recognition of the work the PBA does to serve its members and the public. Congratulations to our staff and committee members who have been involved in these projects."
Statewide LRAP Application Deadline Oct. 15
Lawyers employed by the 38 IOLTA-funded civil legal services organizations providing free legal services to low-income Pennsylvanians have until Oct. 15 to apply for student loan repayment assistance from the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation/Pennsylvania IOLTA Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP). More than $1.5 million in loan repayment assistance has been awarded since the start of LRAP in 2010. Get the LRAP application and more information on the foundation website.
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Government Lawyer of the Year Award: Presented by the PBA Government Lawyers Committee. Get more information, including the online nomination form. Nomination deadline: Oct. 16.
For links to additional information on meetings and events, in some cases including online registration, click on the EVENTS CALENDAR at upper right and go to the event date(s).
Exceptional Children Conference: Cosponsored by the PBA Legal Services for Exceptional Children Committee; Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square, Oct. 26. Get the event brochure. Get more information and register on the PBI website.
Plane, Train and Bus Accident Litigation PBI CLE: Philadelphia (and simulcast), Oct. 26; Pittsburgh, Oct. 30. Get the event brochure and the invitation to follow-up receptions with the PBA Aeronautical and Space Law Section. Find out more about the Philadelphia event and the Pittsburgh event on the PBI website.
Collaborative Law Committee Retreat: Omni Bedford Springs Resort, Nov. 2. Get more information.
Women in the Profession Fall Retreat: Hotel Hershey, Nov. 13-14. Get the event brochure.
PBA Committee/Section Day: Red Lion Hotel Harrisburg East (formerly the Holiday Inn Harrisburg East), Nov. 19. For hotel information, the meeting schedule and online registration to participate in person or by conference call, go to the EVENTS CALENDAR and click on the link to the event.
Pennsylvania Bar Foundation 2015 "NightOUT": Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey Hotel, Nov. 19. Get more information on the foundation website and register online.
Avoiding Legal Malpractice Seminars: Get the current listing of ALMS locations, dates and times through Dec. 4, including the mail-in reservation form. To register online, click here to reach your PBA-member My Dashboard page. Under the Events heading on that page, click on Register for an Event.
New Benefit for PBA Members: Student Loan Refinancing
In partnership with USI Affinity and financial services provider SoFi, the PBA is offering members a new benefit to consolidate and refinance their private and federal student loans into a single loan with a lower interest rate and lower monthly payment. Members who use the PBA website portal to refinance their loans with SoFi can qualify for a $300 welcome bonus. Get more information.
PBA Supports Bill Reducing Waiting Period for No-Fault Divorce Based on Separation
Members of the PBA Family Law Section spoke at the state Capitol in support of House Bill 380, legislation to reduce the waiting period for a no-fault divorce based on separation from two years to one, during a recent informational meeting of the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee. Read about the PBA position on the bill. Get more information about the bill on the General Assembly website.
Pugh Urges PBA Member Action on Proposed Legal-Services TaxPBA President William H. Pugh V met recently with state Senate leaders to reinforce PBA opposition to a tax on legal services contained in the 2015-16 budget proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf. Pugh urges all PBA members to contact their state senators now in the fight against a legal-services tax. Read the latest legislative alert. Get more information, including directions for contacting legislators.
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 nonmembers for a limited time from these PBA committees, sections and other groups: Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section; Young Lawyers Division. Also available, the latest issue of "The County Line" newsletter.