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New Court Filing Requirements Take Effect in January

Effective Jan. 6, 2018, there will be new filing requirements in the Pennsylvania trial and appellate courts. Adopted by the Supreme Court, the Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania: Case Records of the Appellate and Trial Courts will establish standards to safeguard certain sensitive information and documents. The policy will govern access by the public to case records of the appellate and trial courts. Learn more.

PBA Midyear Meeting, Jan. 24–28, 2018: All Systems Go for Key West 
The PBA Midyear Meeting will take place Jan. 24–28, 2018, at the Casa Marina Resort in Key West, Fla. The resort, part of the Waldorf Astoria Collection, had no structural damage from Hurricane Irma and is open for regular operations. Help support the island's tourism industry and join us for relaxation, professional development and fun. A pro bono service opportunity is in the works to help hurricane victims with their legal needs. Attendees are encouraged to book flights early. Download the meeting brochure and registration form.

PBA President Sharon López Issues Letter Regarding Judicial Vacancies in Western Pa.
PBA President Sharon R. López recently issued a letter to President Trump urging him to fill five judicial vacancies in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Read the letter.

Seeking Nominations for the ... 
   2018 Anne X. Alpern Award, Lynette Norton Award and Award for the Promotion of Women in the Law, presented by the Commission for Women in the Profession. Get more information, including nomination forms. Nomination deadline: Dec. 4.

And the Award Goes to ...
   Journalists winning 2017 PBA Media Awards, formerly known as William A. Schnader Print Media Awards, recognizing excellence in print journalism that fosters greater public understanding of the law and legal system; funded by the law firm of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti LLP and coordinated by the PBA Bar/Press Committee. Read the media release.
    Vincent F. Garrity Jr. of Philadelphia receiving the sixth annual W. Edward Sell Business Lawyer Award, from the Business Law Section during the 2017 Business Law Institute, Nov. 14-15, in Philadelphia. Read the news release.
Gladys M. Brown, Chairman, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, receiving the  2017 Government Lawyer of the Year from the Government Lawyers Committee at PBA Committee/Section Day, Nov. 16, in Harrisburg. Read the news release.
   Past PBA President Michael H. Reed receiving the inaugural C. Dale McClain Quality of Life/Balance Award at PBA Committee/Section Day, Nov. 16, in Harrisburg. Read the news release.

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.
   Avoiding Legal Malpractice Seminars through Nov. 28: Get the current list and instructions for registering online.
   Government Lawyers Committee/Administrative Law Section Holiday Reception, Harrisburg, Dec. 5. Get more information and register online.
Civil Litigation Section Trial Minicamps: Bellefonte, Dec. 6; and Williamsport; Dec. 11. Get more information. Visit the PBA Events Calendar for online registration.
Family Law Section Winter Meeting, New Orleans, Jan. 11-14, 2018, Download the meeting brochure and registration form.
PBA Midyear Meeting, Key West, Fla., Jan. 24-28, 2018. Download the meeting brochure and registration form.

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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 or call PBA Member Services at 800-932-0311. Get more information on PBA sections.
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Publications Online
Click here for the current, public e-dition of The Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine. Click on the following for recent PBA publications available for a limited time to nonmembers, illustrating the benefits of membership in the PBA and in these committees, sections and other groups: Administrative Law Section, Business Law SectionCriminal Justice Section, The County LineFamily Law Section, Federal Practice CommitteeElder Law Section, Environmental and Energy Law SectionGLBT Rights Committee, Labor and Employment Law SectionMinority Bar CommitteeShale Energy Law CommitteeSolo and Small Firm Practice Section and Young Lawyers Division.

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