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Limited Space Remains for the Minority and Women Lawyers' Business Development Forum, Sept. 28 in Pittsburgh. 
Register today to connect with associates, partners, solos, in-house counsel, and corporate and government representatives, strengthen business development skills and learn about increasing the diversity of legal teams. This full-day program for attorneys and business leaders includes CLE sessions, small group discussions and a reception. 
Get the event brochure and register online

PBA and Bar Foundation Launch Fundraiser to Help Hurricane Irma Victims
PBA President Sharon R. López is asking members to support a Pennsylvania Bar Foundation fundraiser initiated by PBA Immediate Past President Sara A. Austin. Austin’s “Diving Right In” campaign will donate 25 percent of its collected funds to the Florida Bar Foundation’s Hurricane Relief Fund. The remaining 75 percent will support Pennsylvania Bar Foundation projects. Get details and donate.

PBA President Sharon R. López  Issues Legal Aid Donation Request to Help Families Impacted by Hurricane Harvey  
PBA President Sharon R. López has issued a letter encouraging donations to legal aid organizations in Texas and Louisiana to help families as they seek to recover from Hurricane Harvey. Read the letter.

Ensure the Accuracy of Your Listing in Directory and Product Guide 

Preparations are underway for the 2018 Pennsylvania Bar Association Lawyers Directory & Product Guide. The publication lists members’ names, office addresses, law firm names, phone numbers and fax numbers. If you have moved since January 2017 or if you are planning to move your office and you know your new address and phone and fax numbers, you have until Sept. 29 to report the change. Get more information here.

PBA JEC Rates Retention Candidates
The PBA Judicial Evaluation Commission has released its ratings of two state Supreme Court justices and one state Superior Court judge standing for retention on Election Day, Nov. 7. Read the news release and descriptive paragraphs.


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.

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. Click here for more information.

RPPT Law Section Writing Contest for Law Students
The Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section is offering prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250 in each of two practice areas to the law-student winners of the section's writing contest. The winning entry will be published in the section newsletter and on the section page of the PBA website. Students enrolled in Pennsylvania law schools, get more information. Entry deadline: Nov. 17.

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.  
   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.
   Avoiding Legal Malpractice Seminars: Get the current list and instructions for registering online for seminars beginning Sept. 19.
   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. Download the meeting brochure. Get more information and register online.
   Minority Attorney Conference, Philadelphia, Oct. 12-13. Download the conference brochure and registration form.
   PBI Exceptional Children Conference, Lancaster, Oct. 30. Download the conference brochure. Get more information and register online.
   Commission on Women in the Profession Fall Retreat, Hershey, Nov. 10-11. Download the retreat brochure and register online.

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  Casemaker: Get the latest tips on navigating and getting the best value from Casemaker, free legal research for PBA members.
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   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: From Sept. 18-30, PBA members can save up to 25 percent off Lenovo’s Thinkstation P series. 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 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: Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Solo and Small Firm Practice Section and Tax Law Section

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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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