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2018 Statewide Mock Trial Competition Underway
District competition in the 2018 Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition sponsored by the PBA Young Lawyers Division is underway. With teams from hundreds of high schools across Pennsylvania taking part, this annual competition is consistently one of the largest statewide contests of its kind in the nation. Read more about the competition and watch the "What is Mock Trial" video. The statewide contest concludes with the State Championship Weekend in Harrisburg on March 23-24, and the state winner then goes on to the national competition in Reno, Nev., May 10-12. Read the PBA news release.

Next Lawyer Magazine Covers the Constitution, Protecting Your Practice, Mediation, Palimony and More
The lineup in the next issue of the Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine leads with a personal reflection on the Constitution from former federal appeals judge Timothy K. Lewis. Also in this issue: articles on how to protect your practice from PBA Law Practice Management Coordinator Ellen Freedman and contributor Evan Kline; PBA Past President Bill Carlucci shares his “Top 10 Ways to Avoid a Failed Mediation,” Patrick M. Blair explores whether it is time for a misfeasance/nonfeasance hybrid and regular contributor John B. Spitzer looks at palimony claims involving lawyers. Lawyer-artists, don’t miss the call to share your creative endeavors. Watch for the March/April issue of the magazine, in the mail the week of Feb. 25.

And the Award Goes to ...
Wendy Leeper, executive director of the Chester County Bar Association, receiving the 21st annual Arthur J. Birdsall Award; Jessie Smith, Dauphin County, receiving the Gilbert Nurick Award; and 23 county bar associations from across the commonwealth receiving County Bar Recognition Awards during the 52nd Annual Seminar of the Conference of County Bar Leaders, Feb. 22-24. Read the news releases.

Seeking Nominations for the ...

  • 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. Get more information, including the online nomination form, in the call for nominations. Nomination deadline: March 8.
  • James S. Bowman Award: Presented by the Administrative Law Section. Get more information, including the online nomination form. Nomination deadline: March 26.
  • 2018 Clarity Award: Presented by the Plain English Committee. Download the nomination form. Nomination deadline: March 29.
  • David M. Rosenblum GLBT Public Policy Award: Presented by the GLBT Rights Committee. Get more information, including nomination form. Nomination deadline: March 31.
  • Louis J. Goffman Awards for Outstanding Pro Bono Service: Given by the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation (PBF); get more information on the PBF website. Nomination deadline: April 2.

Awards and Scholarships for Law Students and New Lawyers

  • $10,000 Stipend for Summer 2018 Internship in Environmental, Energy Law: The 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 the award and the application process. Application deadline: April 2.
  • IP Law Section Law Student Writing Contest: The Intellectual Property Law Section is offering $500 to the law-student winner of the section's 2018 writing contest. The winning entry will be published in the section newsletter and on the section page of the PBA website. Get more information, including a link to the contest guidelines. Entry deadline: April 6.
  • The Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship, also awarded by the PBF, is available to a law student or lawyer in practice for fewer than three years who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to animal law/animal welfare. Get more information on the PBF website. Application deadline: July 1.

Meetings and Events
For more on these and other PBA gatherings, in some cases including online registration, go to the event date via the EVENTS CALENDAR link at upper right.

  • Conference of County Bar Leaders, Lancaster, Feb. 22-24. Download the meeting brochure and registration form.
  • Commission on Women in the Profession (WIP) Events: Panel Discussion on Human Trafficking, presented by the WIP Public Service Committee and the Women's Law Caucus at Dickinson Law, Carlisle, Feb. 28Register online; Spring Conference: Philadelphia, and simulcast in Allentown, Erie, Mechanicsburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton, March 22. Get more information and register online.
  • Civil Litigation Section Events: Regional Dinner: Philadelphia, March 5. Download the event flierSection Retreat, Skytop, April 13-15. Download the meeting brochure and registration form.
  • Public Utility Law Section Meet and Greet Reception with PUC Commissioner Norman J. Kennard, Harrisburg, March 14. Get more information and register online.
  • Environmental & Energy Law Section Global Climate Change Program and Reception: University Park, March 20. Get more information and register online.
  • A PCHR Playbook: The X’s and O’s of Practice Before the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, co-sponsored by the Administrative Law Section and the Labor and Employment Law Section: Philadelphia, March 22. Get more information and register online.
  • PBA Statewide High School Mock Trial Championship: Harrisburg, March 23-24. Get more information.
  • Avoiding Legal Malpractice Seminars: Get the current list and instructions for registering online for seminars beginning April 3.
  • Administrative Law Section Commonwealth Court Practicum: Harrisburg, April 9. Get more information and register online.
  • Peace Institute, presented by the Collaborative Law Committee: Philadelphia, May 3-5. Download the event brochure.

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  • Free Section Membership: Test-drive PBA section membership for one free 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 orcall PBA Member Services at 800-932-0311. Get more information on PBA sections.
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Publications Online
Click on the following for recent PBA publications available for a limited time to nonmembers, illustrating the benefits of membership in the PBA and its committees, sections and other groups: Civil Litigation Section, Commission on Women in the Profession, Elder Law SectionIntellectual Property SectionReal Property, Probate and Trust Law Section and Tax Law Section. Also available: The latest issue of "The County Line" newsletter.

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