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PBA Lawyers Directory & Product Guide now available.

The 2017 PBA Lawyers Directory & Product Guide is now available in traditional print format or via online subscription. Included are the Product and Service Guide, Expert Witnesses Section and Firm-to-Firm Referrals Section, as well as contact information for more than 60,000 lawyers licensed to practice in Pennsylvania. Online users can create a shortcut to the directory on their mobile phones to access information from anywhere, any time. Order through the subscriptions page of PBA Store.

Supreme Court Issues New Public Access Policy for Appellate and Trial Court Case Records

By order on Jan. 6, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has adopted a new public access policy that, for the first time, establishes uniform standards for all appellate and trial courts in responding to requests from the public for case records. The policy includes how requests for access are to be handled, establishes a limit on copying fees and delineates what information will be safeguarded.

Be Alert to Email Scams

If you receive what seems to be a fraudulent email, it should be deleted unopened, as it likely contains malicious software. In the past, PBA members have reported receiving scam emails from would-be "clients" and from others claiming to represent the Disciplinary Board or IRS. Concerned members, click here to file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center, and read more about IRS-related "phishing" and how to report it here.

Preparing for a Cyberbreach, Protecting Online Accounts in next Lawyer Magazine

In the next Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine two members of the PBA Professional Liability Committee detail the responsibilities of preparing for a cyberbreach, and the magazine’s Legal Tech columnist provides tips to protect your online accounts. Also featured: a judge’s insights regarding permitting jurors to ask questions during trials; a look at parenting options in families with a history of domestic violence; and an account of how one woman came to a career in the law and the journey that followed. Also in the issue, your favorite columns, from To Wit to Ethics Digest. Watch for the January/February issue, in the mail and online here for members-only access the week of Dec. 25, 2016.


2017 Statewide Mock Trial Competition Begins This Month
District competition in the 2017 Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition sponsored by the PBA Young Lawyers Division begins this month. With teams from more than 250 schools across Pennsylvania taking part, this annual competition is consistently one of the largest contests of its kind in the nation. Read more about the competition and watch the "What is Mock Trial" video. The statewide contest concludes with the State Championship Weekend in Harrisburg on March 24-25, and the state winner then goes on to the national competition in Hartford, Conn., May 11-13. Read the PBA news release.

Seeking Nominations for the ...

    2017 Child Advocate of the Year Award: Presented by the PBA Children's Rights Committee. Get the nomination form. Nomination deadline extended to Feb. 3.

    2017 Sir Francis Bacon Dispute Resolution Award: Presented by the PBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. Get more information. Nominations due by Feb. 17.

    PBA Solo and Small Firm Practice Section Award: Get more information. Nomination deadline: Feb. 28. 

    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 nomination form, in the request for nominations. Nomination deadline: March 4.
2017 David M. Rosenblum GLBT Public Policy Award: Presented by the PBA GLBT Rights Committee. Get more information. Nomination deadline: March 31.

   Young Lawyers Division Michael K. Smith Excellence in Service and Liberty Bell Awards: Read the awards criteria. Smith Award nomination form deadline and Liberty Bell Award nomination form deadline: March 31.

$10,000 Stipend for Summer 2017 Internship in Environmental, Energy Law

The PBA Environmental and Energy Law Section is awarding a $10,000 stipend to support a pro bono summer internship in the field of environmental and/or energy law (EEL). Read more about the award and the application process. Application deadline: Feb. 24.

Supreme Court Advisory-Group Vacancies, Applications

For information on the latest vacancies on advisory groups of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, go to the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania website.

Midyear Meeting, Jan. 25-29
The PBA Midyear Meeting will be held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino, St. Kitts, West Indies. Get the event brochure.

More Meetings, Events 
For more on these and other PBA gatherings, in some cases including online registration, go to the meeting or event date via the EVENTS CALENDAR link at upper right.

     'Meet and Greet' with judges of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia, Feb. 6. Registration not required.Get more information.

     2017 Conference of County Bar Leaders: Nittany Lion Inn, State College; Feb. 23-25. Get more information and register online.

     Labor & Employment Law Section Retreat: Hotel Hershey, March 10-11. Get the retreat brochure.

     Civil Litigation Section Retreat: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington, March 24-26. Get the retreat brochure.

Featured Member Benefits
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USI Affinity: Insurance Tip of the Month: 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 non-members, illustrating the benefits of membership in the PBA and in these committees, sections and other groups: Criminal Justice SectionElder Law Section; Environmental and Energy Law Section; Solo and Small Firm Practice Section; Commission on Women in the Profession; Young Lawyers DivisionAlso availableThe County Line” newsletter.

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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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