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PBA Legislative Initiatives Progress in Pa. General Assembly
On Dec. 13, PBA initiative Senate Bill 629, or the Uniform Voidable Transactions Act, unanimously passed the House of Representatives and is now headed to the governor’s desk for his signature. Originating from the PBA Business Law Section, the bill’s intent is to improve and modernize existing Pennsylvania law on fraudulent transfers.
   On Dec. 12, SB 844, a PBA initiative and priority, unanimously passed the Senate. The bill, which would expand third-party custody standing and amend a grandparent partial physical custody standing provision, was amended on second consideration to incorporate suggested revisions from the PBA Family Law Section.

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.

Variety in Next Lawyer Magazine
The national opioid epidemic has not spared Pennsylvania. The lead article in the next issue of The Pennsylvania Lawyer explores how medical marijuana may provide some solutions. Also featured: informed consent in clinical trials; the attorney’s role in the PBA YLD Statewide Mock Trial Competition; the Pilgrims and the Founding Fathers disagree on the religious education of children; making your case with data regarding worklife expectancy for individuals with disabilities; and a new, quick glance at the PBA Young Lawyers Division; plus your favorite columns, from “Effective Lawyer” to “Ethics Digest” and “To Wit.” Watch for the January/February issue of the magazine, in the mail the week of Dec. 27.

PBA Midyear Meeting, Jan. 24–28, 2018: All Systems Go for Florida 
The PBA Midyear Meeting will take place Jan. 24–28, 2018, at Key West's Casa Marina Resort, part of the Waldorf Astoria Collection. 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 Irma 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 PBA Pro Bono Awards: Read the announcement by PBA President Sharon R. López opening the nomination period. Go to the online nomination form. Nomination deadline: Dec. 22. 

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.
   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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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: Administrative Law Section, Alternative Dispute Resolution CommitteeBusiness Law SectionCriminal Justice Section, The County LineGLBT 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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