This August 8, 2019 edition of the ACBA Sidebar is presented by Hefren-Tilotson.


New look for ACBA Sidebar
Notice anything new? We’ve refreshed the look of the ACBA Sidebar e-newsletter. The new, sleek design should make the Sidebar easier to navigate and feature shorter, easier to digest items. Additionally – instead of being tacked on to the end of the Sidebar – listings of upcoming ACBA CLEs are now featured in the new weekly, Sunday night “CLE-Blast” instead of being tacked onto the end of the Sidebar, meaning the newsletter will be focused on other, non-CLE happenings in the legal community. As always, you can view the full calendar of upcoming ACBA CLEs and events online. And, as always, you can view the full calendar of upcoming ACBA CLEs and events.
ACBA Events Calendar
ACBA Launches Expanded Online Video CLE Library
The ACBA has launched an expanded online CLE library at The library now features 25+ of our most popular CLE programs from recent months. The programs can be viewed for credit any time, any place. The expanded online CLE library is part of an enhanced CLE program that features more programs on a wider variety of topics and more symposium-style half- and full-day seminars. 
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‘Ask the AD’ with Pitt’s Heather Lyke Aug. 27
Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke returns for her annual visit to the ACBA on Tuesday, Aug. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Rivers Club.  The latest installment of the ACBA Signature Speaker Series, “Ask the AD” will feature a presentation by Lyke on the latest with Pitts sports.  Lyke – an attorney by trade – will cover the upcoming Pitt football season, the progress of the men’s basketball program, the new women’s lacrosse team and – perhaps most timely – the launching of the ACC Network. A networking reception follows her presentation. Sponsored by 535 Media, the event is just $10 for ACBA members and $25 for all others.
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Get your 2019-20 ACBA Legal Directory
The 2019-20 ACBA Legal Directory has been published. The directory, sponsored by AmeriServ Trust and Financial Services Company, is loaded with contact information for all ACBA members, court personnel and more. It also contains the valuable Member-to-Member Referral Network, which lists members by practice area. Members can buy a hard copy version of the directory for just $20, and it includes a voucher for $20 off an ACBA CLE, meaning it practically pays for itself. An electronic version of the directory is emailed to all members, and a searchable online version is available 24/7 here.  
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All members invited to retention election fundraiser Sept. 18
The ACBA Judicial Excellence Committee (PAC) will hold a cocktail party on Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Hotel Monaco in downtown Pittsburgh to raise funds for the committee’s 2019 retention election campaign. The campaign supports the retention of those judges running for retention on Nov. 5 who were recommended for retention by ACBA members. 
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Deadline Approaching for ACBF Grant Proposals
The Allegheny County Bar Foundation is accepting proposals for its legal-aid grants and military veterans and elderly grants. Deadline for proposals is Wednesday, Aug. 14.

The ACBF will provide funding to programs that offer direct pro bono counsel to low-income clients and/or promote the public understanding, interest and support of legal-related issues. The ACBF also will provide funding to programs that serve the elderly and/or military veterans. Proposals must be in Common Grant Application Format. Click here to download a copy of the Common Grant Application Form. Click here for application guidelines.

For more info, contact Richele Ward at 412-402-6641 or

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Esquire Open slated for Aug. 23
Join the ACBA’s Young Lawyers Division for the Fourth Annual Esquire Open Tennis Tournament on Friday, Aug. 23, at the Mt. Lebanon Tennis Center. Attendees will enjoy a tennis tournament, food and beverages and an opportunity to win some great prizes. 

Whether you are a seasoned player or have never picked up a racquet before, this is a fun-filled event for all skill levels. Guests of all ages are welcome. 

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Coordinate a casual Friday, raise money for back-to-school backpack project
The YLD Public Service Committee is asking all members to wear jeans and/or coordinate a “jeans day” at your firms to raise money for the YLD’s back-to-school Backpack Project. School starts back up at the end of the month, so Friday, Aug. 23 is the recommended day for your firm’s “casual Friday.” The process is simple, just have your firm collect a contribution from everyone who wants to participate. If your firm already has a casual Friday, other options include a pizza day or ice cream party. Last year, the ACBA YLD distributed 476 backpacks filled with school supplies at a food bank distribution, and the goal is to do the same this year with ACBA-wide support.
ACBA members get discounted tickets to ‘Fun Home’
ACBA members can receive $15 discount tickets to Front Porch Theatricals’ production of “Fun Home,” production about moving between past and present and reliving a unique childhood. The production runs from Friday, Aug. 16 through Sunday, Aug. 18 at the New Hazlett Theater on Pittsburgh’s North Side. Members can use the code “ACBA” at to receive the discount.
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Aug. 16 lunch-and-learn to discuss domestic violence
ACBA members invited to a free non-CLE lunch-and-learn on the topic of domestic violence at the Joseph F. Weis, Jr. U.S. Courthouse on Friday, Aug. 16 from 11:30 1:30 p.m.  The event will be held in the third floor jury assembly room. Organized by the Federal Court, the program will offer an exploration domestic violence and opportunities for attorneys to volunteer to help victims. Lunch will be provided; RSVP by Friday, Aug. 9 at
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Two vacancies on Pa. Supreme Court boards and committees
There are currently two vacancies on Pennsylvania Supreme Court committees, boards and advisory groups.  The vacancies have been posted here.

    • The first vacancy is on the Minor Court Rules Committee. Applicants should be knowledgeable about the Pennsylvania Rules of Conduct, Office Standards and Civil Procedure for magisterial district judges and courts, and experienced in magisterial district court practice.

    • The second vacancy is on the Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Board. Applicants should be familiar with legal practice and procedure in Pennsylvania federal or state courts. Applicants should have an understanding of and/or appreciation for the delivery of civil legal aid to the indigent. Experience with financial institution practices is also beneficial.

The deadline for applications is Saturday, Aug. 31.  
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Pittsburgh Matrimonial American Inn of Court seeking applications
The Pittsburgh Matrimonial American Inn of Court is accepting applications from new members for 2019-20. The Inn — which works to promote legal excellence, civility, professionalism and ethics within the family law bar — holds six evening meetings per year. The meetings consist of educational programs and discussions that are followed by drinks, dinner and camaraderie. Membership includes hearing officers, established family law practitioners and new attorneys. To join, email Margaret Prescott or Michael Hughes by Saturday, Aug. 31.
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Member Benefit: Save on back to school supplies through Office Depot discount
It’s back-to-school shopping time. ACBA members can enjoy substantial discounts on office supplies at OfficeMax and Office Depot. 
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Member Benefit: Get free trial, discount on virtual receptionist service
In today’s age of immediate response, if your office is not fielding client calls as they come in, you’re probably missing out on potential clients. The solution is a virtual receptionist, and thanks to the ACBA’s partnership with, members can get a free trial and other discounts on live receptionist service and website chat service. .
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The Latest Lawyers Journal available in digital format

The Aug. 2 issue of the Lawyers Journal — the ACBA’s publication featuring substantive legal articles and other information of interest to the legal community, as well as photos of local legal events — is available digitally on the ACBA website.

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Aug. 2 PLJ Opinions now available
The Aug. 2 edition of Pittsburgh Legal Journal Opinions is available online. The Pittsburgh Legal Journal publishes timely, precedent-setting, full-text opinions from various divisions of the Court of Common Pleas. Opinions are selected by the Opinion Editor and/or committees in a specific practice area based upon precedential value or clarification of the law. An opinion also may be published upon the specific request of a judge.
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Partner News

Market update: Amid declines, there are reasons to be positive
The stock markets have been volatile recently, and declines can be unnerving. Both declines this year involved worries over trade. 

There are reasons to be positive: 

    • Our economy is strong

    • Corporate profits are healthy

    • The Federal Reserve cut interest rates, which helps
Stocks fell in 2018 because the trade war was heating up and the Fed was raising rates. We may see more market weakness in the coming weeks, but lower prices could be an incentive to make that trade deal. Remember, you always want your long-term financial plan (not day-to-day volatility) to be your guide. For more information or to make adjustments to your portfolio, click here or contact

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