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PBA President Sharon R. López Issues Statement Regarding Violence and Crimes by Hate Groups in Charlottesville
PBA President Sharon R. López has issued a statement condemning the recent actions of hate groups in Charlottesville, Va. Read the PBA’s media release.

Minority and Women Lawyers' Business Development Forum, Sept. 28 in Pittsburgh
The PBA Minority and Women Lawyers' Business Development Forum will be held in Pittsburgh on Sept. 28. The forum, offering up to 4 CLE credits, will provide information and opportunities specifically for women and minority attorneys to learn more about growing their practice and 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 and register online. Registration deadline: Sept. 8.

Submissions Sought for Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly
The PBA is seeking proposals for articles for the Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly, a scholarly journal of analysis and opinion regarding substantive legal issues and developments. Read the writer guidelines and find submission information here.

PBA's Exclusive Member-to-Member Connection
This free statewide service allows PBA members to search for other members by specific areas of practice and geographic locations. Try it now – go to the Member-to-Member Connection. Make the most of the service by ensuring that your areas of practice are up to date. Click on the Member Login link at the top right of this webpage. After entering your username and password, look for the Update My Information link under the My Dashboard heading on the left side of the screen.

Candidates Sought for PBA Woman At Large Governor Appointment
PBA President Sharon R. López is seeking members interested in being considered for the PBA Woman At Large Governor appointment for 2018-21. Click here for information regarding the duties and responsibilities of the position and how to apply for consideration. The deadline is to apply is Sept. 29.

Lawyer Magazine Lineup for September/October
Law school enrollment is down and the bar exam passage rate is declining as well. Commentary in the next issue of The Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine considers the possible implications for Pennsylvania’s law schools. Also featured: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s new public access policy for judicial documents; “Intellectual Property Law Basics for Businesses”; “Assisting Educators in Making Copyright Determinations”; a look at Pennsylvania’s outdated defamation statute and the PBA Judicial Evaluation Commission’s ratings of the candidates for election to the state appellate courts on Nov. 7. Watch for the September/October issue, in the mail the week of Aug. 27.

Notice of Expiration of Certification as Workers’ Compensation Specialist
Certification as a Workers’ Compensation Specialist will terminate on June 30, 2018, for those individuals originally certified on May 1, 2013. To continue certification, affected attorneys must file a completed application for recertification on or before Dec. 31, 2017, and include a $150 recertification fee. Failure to comply with the recertification requirements will result in termination of the certification on June 30, 2018. No examination is required to be recertified. The final application will be available online Sept. 1, 2017. Click here for more information.

Quality of Life/Balance Committee Assembling Team for 5K Race/1 Mile Fun Run

On your mark, get set, go. Join the PBA Quality of Life/Balance Committee Team for the Hershey Miracle 5K Race and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk, Hershey, Sept. 9. Proceeds go to the Children’s Miracle Network. Team shirts will be given to the first 35 people to sign up. Get more information.

And the Award Goes to ...
   Elizabeth A. Crum, director, Workers’ Compensation Office of Adjudication, Department of Labor and Industry, Harrisburg, to receive the Irvin Stander Memorial Award from the Workers’ Compensation Law Section during the section’s 33rd Annual Fall Meeting Oct. 4 and 5 in Hershey. Read the news release.
   Lawrence A. Frolik of Pittsburgh, one of the founders of the field of elder law, receiving the Excellence in Elder Law Award from the Elder Law Section during the 20th Annual Elder Law Institute in Harrisburg. Read the news release.
   Businesswoman, attorney and lecturer
Charisse R. Lillie of Philadelphia, to receive the A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award during the PBA Minority Attorney Conference, Oct. 13 in Philadelphia. Read the news release.

Seeking Nominations for the ... 
C. Dale McClain, Esq., Quality of Life/Balance Award presented by the Quality of Life/Balance Committee. Get more information. Nomination deadline: Sept. 30.
    2017 Government Lawyer of the Year Award
presented by the Government Lawyers Committee. Get more information, including a link to the online nomination form. Nomination deadline: Oct. 6.

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.
   Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section Annual Retreat, Farmington, Aug. 16-18. Get the event brochure.
   14th Annual PBI Animal Law Conference, Philadelphia, with a simulcast to 6 additional locations and live webcast, Aug. 17. Get more information and register online.
   Best Sentencing Practices in the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Scranton, Aug. 31. Get more information and register online.
   Minority and Women Lawyers’ Business Development Forum, Pittsburgh, Sept. 28. Get the event brochure and register online.
33rd Annual Workers' Compensation Fall Section Meeting, Hershey, Oct 4-5. Get more information and register online.
   Minority Attorney Conference, Philadelphia, Oct. 12-13. Download the conference brochure and registration form.

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  Casemaker: Get the latest tips on navigating and getting the best value from Casemaker, free legal research for PBA members.
   Clio is the world’s leading cloud-based legal practice management software. Read their latest tips and insights for lawyers (member login required.)
   FedEx. Enroll in the FedEx Advantage discount program to save up to 26 percent on FedEx services. Then sign up for My FedEx Rewards to earn gift cards and merchandise and receive special offers designed specifically for your business. Get more information (member login required).
   Kaplan Bar Review: Ready to start preparing for the bar exam? Ready to start preparing for a future exam? Save $100 on the Kaplan Bar Review’s Live Kaplan Course (includes Live-in-Class and Live-at-Home). This exclusive PBA discount applies to any new enrollments for any jurisdiction. Get more information (member login required).
   Lenovo: Lenovo PCs are back-to-school-ready. PBA member deals are great for all students and include free shipping, now through Sept 30. Click here or call 800-426-7235, ext. 3577.
   Office Depot: PBA members save 10 percent off the web price on more than 30,000 office supplies through the Office Depot Partner Program. Click here to set up your discount account or to begin shopping and saving online or in stores today.
   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.

   USI Affinity now offers pet insurance for PBA members. Learn more about the coverage and get a quote. USI Insurance Tip: Should you report a potential claim, even if you feel it is unjustified? Absolutely! Your insurer may be able to offer advice that can remedy the situation, enabling you to avoid the prospect of having a claim filed against you. Now offering a risk-management policy enhancement for CNA policyholders in Pennsylvania. Learn more

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 in these committees, sections and other groups: Commission on Women in the Profession; Federal Practice CommitteeReal Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Solo and Small Firm Practice Section and Young Lawyers Division

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Lawyer non-members: Review the benefits of membership and join the PBA now. Members of the media: Connect to the Media Center. For the public: Consumer information.

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