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PBA Participates in Radio Program on Civics Education
PBA Pro Bono Coordinator David Trevaskis appeared with Senior Judge Marjorie O. Rendell of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and Zara Ward, McCaskey High School student school board representative, on WITF radio’s “Smart Talk” on Jan. 4 to discuss and answer questions on civics education. Click here to listen.

Governor Signs Legislation Originating from Business Law Section into Law
On Dec. 22, 2017, Gov. Wolf signed Act 78, the Uniform Voidable Transactions Act. Originating from the PBA Business Law Section, the legislation will improve and modernize existing Pennsylvania law on fraudulent transfers.

Seeking Nominations for the ...
   2018 Child Advocate of the Year Award: Presented by the Children’s Rights Committee. Get the nomination form. Nomination deadline: Jan. 26.
   2018 Sir Francis Bacon Dispute Resolution Award: Presented by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. Get more information. Nomination deadline: Feb. 9.
   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.
   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 websiteNomination deadline: April 2.

Awards and Scholarships for Law Students and New Lawyers
   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 Louise Hoffmeyer-Overmiller Memorial Scholarship is administered by the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation (PBF) and is available to students in their third-year at Penn State Dickinson Law. Find additional requirements and the application form on the
PBF website. Application deadline: Feb. 15.
  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.
   Meet & Greet with Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro, sponsored by the PBA Administrative Law Section and the Dauphin County Bar Association Government Lawyers Committee, Harrisburg, Jan. 23. Get more information, including online registration.
   PBA Midyear Meeting, Key West, Fla., Jan. 24-28. Sold Out.
   Conference of County Bar Leaders, Lancaster, Feb. 22-24. Download the meeting brochure and registration form.
Panel Discussion on Human Trafficking, presented by the Commission on Women in the Profession Public Service Committee and the Women’s Law Caucus at Dickinson Law, Carlisle, Feb. 28. Register online.

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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 its committees, sections and other groups: Solo and Small Firm Practice Section and Tax Law Section. Also available: The latest issue of "The County Line" newsletter. 

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