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PBA JEC Ratings for General Election
As an aid to voters, the PBA Judicial Evaluation Commission has rated all of the appellate judge candidates appearing on the Nov. 7 ballot. Read the news release and descriptive paragraphs.

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 had no structural damage from Hurricane Irma and is open for regular operations. We hope you'll join the PBA leadership in supporting the island's biggest industry — tourism — by joining us for a little relaxation, professional development and fun. A pro bono service opportunity is in the works to help hurricane victims with their legal needs. Attendees can earn up to 10 CLE hours during their stay at the historic Casa Marina Resort, part of the Waldorf Astoria Collection, which offers a private beach, sparkling pools, restaurants and a spa. 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.

PBA Section Leaders Testify on Collaborative Law Process in Support of Pa. Collaborative Law Act
PBA Collaborative Law Committee Chair Zanita A. Zacks-Gabriel and Past Chair David A. Miller recently provided information about the collaborative law process to the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Family Law in support of House Bill 1644, the Pennsylvania Collaborative Law Act. The act, among other things, establishes certain minimum requirements to govern the collaborative law process. Read the testimony.

Aid Requested for Persons Impacted by Recent Earthquakes and Hurricanes
PBA President Sharon R. López is urging support for the Puerto Rican Bar Association’s Hurricane Maria relief effort, as well as earthquake relief efforts in Mexico. Read the letterThe Hurricane Maria Emergency Legal Aid Fund of the Fundación Fondo de Acceso a la Justicia of Puerto Rico is also requesting donations. Pennsylvania lawyers who are willing to provide legal research or assistance with federal/administrative law questions to Hurricane Maria victims are encouraged to complete the ABA Disaster Legal Service Volunteer Attorney Intake FormLópez is also encouraging contributions to legal aid organizations in Texas and Louisiana for Hurricane Harvey relief. Read the letter.

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.

Seeking Nominations for the ... 
   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. 23.
   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.

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.
   Civil Litigation Section Regional Dinner, Erie, Oct. 25. Get more information and register online.
   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.
   PBA Committee/Section Day, Harrisburg, Nov. 16. View the list of meetings. Register to attend in person. Register to attend via teleconference.
   Government Lawyers Committee/Administrative Law Section Holiday Reception, Harrisburg, Dec. 5. Get more information and register online.
   Civil Litigation Section Trial Minicamps: Johnstown, Dec. 5; Bellefonte, Dec. 6; and Williamsport; Dec. 11. Get more information. Visit the PBA Events Calendar for online registration.
   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.

   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

Fiction Contest Winners Lead November/December Lawyer Magazine 
The top three winning entries in the magazine’s 2017 short story fiction contest head up the next issue of the Pennsylvania Lawyer. On the nonfiction side, members will find feature articles on oversight of criminal informants, a look at efforts at Duquesne Law under new Dean Maureen Lally-Green, and the PBA Judicial Evaluation Commission’s appellate candidates retention ratings. Also in the issue, our readers’ favorite columns, from “Effective Lawyer” to “War Stories” and “To Wit,” plus the inserted annual guide to PBA member benefits and services. Watch for the November/December issue of the magazine, in the mail the week of Oct. 22.

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, Criminal Justice Section, The County LineFamily Law Section, Elder Law SectionMinority Bar CommitteeReal Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Shale Energy Law CommitteeSolo and Small Firm Practice Section and Tax Law Section

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