Four-day/Five Night Get-away to the Westin St. Maarten is just one of the many fabulous items to be found at 19th Annual Foundation of Treasures Silent Auction and LIVE Auction Event
Get ready to bid, bid, bid May 11 – 12 at Foundation of Treasures Silent Auction and LIVE Auction Event!
Fabulous items, just in time for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and June graduations! (more…)
The annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation Board of Directors and members will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at 3:00 p.m., in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Bar Association being held at the Hershey Lodge, 325 University Dr., Hershey, PA 17033. The meeting will be held in the Nigerian Room on the main level of the convention center.
A tentative agenda includes:
- Report of the Treasurer
- Report of the Secretary
- Fundraising Committee Report
- Auction Committee Report
- Report of the Nominating Committee & Election of Directors and Officers
- Report of the 2016 NightOUT Committee
- Report of the Goffman Award Committee
- New Business
Please advise of your attendance plans with an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or a voicemail to: 888-238-3036.
Immediately following the meeting, a joint reception hosted by the Pennsylvania Bar Association will be held from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m in the Aztec Room.
Leadership Opportunities on the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation Board of Directors – Nomination Deadline April 29, 2016
The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation Nominating Committee is accepting nominations for the positions of Foundation Vice President, Zone 9 Director, and Zone 10 Director. (more…)
Named in honor of the late PBA past president from Philadelphia, the Louis J. Goffman Awards have been recognizing Pennsylvania’s finest pro bono providers for 27-years. The nomination deadline is April 1, 2016, and the award presentation will take place during the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Annual Meeting scheduled for May 11 – 13, 2016 at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA. Don’t miss your opportunity to nominate a worthy individual, law firm or organization from your county. Visit the Goffman Awards Page for additional information and nomination forms.
Funding Opportunity for County Bar Associations and Foundations – Birdsall County Bar Impact Grants – Application Deadline April 8, 2016
The Birdsall Impact Grant program seeks to assist county bar associations and foundations in the furtherance of charitable, educational or pro bono programs or projects that are consistent with the mission of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation and succeed in making an immediate impact on the way a county bar operates in service to its members, its court and its community. More
PBA Pro Bono Coordinator since October 2001, David Trevaskis has logged more than one million miles by car (it has taken 3 cars) across the Commonwealth working to increase the number of lawyers working at no cost to the client to protect the livelihoods, health and homes of Pennsylvania’s poor and vulnerable and teaching Pennsylvania’s children and young adults how to be better citizens. The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation is marking this milestone with the Million Miles for Justice Car Raffle for the grand prize of a 2016 Honda Accord EX-L V-6 presented by Faulkner Honda Harrisburg or $25,000. The drawing will take place at the PBA Annual Dinner in Hershey on May 12, 2016.
Tickets are available for a donation of $100 for each ticket, and you need not be present to win. No more than 2000 tickets will be made available. In the event fewer than 350 donations of $100 per donation are received by 7:00 p.m. on May 12, 2016, the raffle will be held as scheduled, but the Grand Prize winner will not receive the Grand Prize, but will receive a sum equal to 50% of the donations actually received, less 10 % to be retained by the Foundation to cover expenses, but not to exceed $25,000. For example, in the event 300 donations of $100 per donation are received, the Grand Prize winner would receive $13,500 calculated as follows $30,000 x .5 x .9 = $13,500. The calculation of the donations actually received and the amount to be awarded shall be based solely on the Foundation’s accounting, which shall be final and conclusive with respect to the Grand Prize winner. If the car is chosen, the Grand Prize winner assumes all fees, local, state and federal taxes (including but not limited to income taxes based on the value of the car) which must be paid when the car is transferred to the winner. Likewise, there are federal taxes and there may be state and/or local tax consequences if the winner selects or is awarded, due to fewer than 350 tickets being sold, an alternate cash prize. The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation takes no responsibility for any tax liabilities. Please consult your tax advisor concerning your specific situation. This offer is void where prohibited by law, and all federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.
The contest rules are set forth below. By obtaining a ticket, you agree to be bound by these rules. The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation’s interpretation and application of the rules shall be final.
A new 2016 Honda Accord Sedan EX-L V-6, MSRP $31,480, presented by Faulkner Honda of Harrisburg, PA. Alternatively, the Grand Prize winner may elect to receive a cash prize of $25,000. See also the prize limitation under “Tickets.”
The Grand Prize Drawing will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Annual Dinner held at the Hershey Lodge Convention Center, 325 University Dr., Hershey, PA 17033. Tickets will not be available after 7:00 p.m. on May 12, 2016. Obtaining a contest ticket does not entitle the ticket holder entrance to the event.
The winner will be determined by a random drawing of contest tickets. The winner need not be present to win.
Tickets are available for a requested donation of $100 per ticket or without a donation as expressly described in these rules. In the event fewer than 350 donations of $100 per donation are received by 7:00 p.m. on May 12, 2016, the raffle will be held as scheduled, but the Grand Prize winner will not receive the Grand Prize, but will receive a sum equal to 50% of the donations actually received, less 10 % to be retained by the Foundation to cover expenses, but not to exceed $25,000. For example, in the event 300 donations of $100 per donation are received, the Grand Prize winner would receive $13,500 calculated as follows $30,000 x .5 x .9 = $13,500. The calculation of the donations actually received and the amount to be awarded shall be based solely on the Foundation’s accounting, which shall be final and conclusive with respect to the Grand Prize winner.
Ticket may be obtained from November 19, 2015 until 7:00 p.m. on May 12, 2016; however the maximum number of tickets may be distributed before that time. Tickets may be obtained by mail, in-person at selected PBA and PBF events , at the Pennsylvania Bar Center at 100 South St., Harrisburg and from volunteers located across the state. Checks and Money Orders should be made payable to the “Pennsylvania Bar Foundation.” American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa credit cards are also accepted.
Tickets are not transferable. Only one eligible person may be entered in the contest per ticket sold. If the name of more than one person is submitted, and that ticket is selected as a winning ticket, then the person named first will be deemed the holder of record of that ticket and declared the winner. Division of the prize by a group shall be to the sole responsibility of the person named as the holder of record of that ticket, should that ticket be selected as a winner.
The Foundation reserves the right to reject any ticket order that is submitted with payment that does not constitute “good funds,” until valid, replacement payment is received. All check charges found declined after the drawing must be honored. A $30 charge will be assessed for insufficient funds or stop payment checks. Prior to the Grand Prize drawing, the Foundation will make a reasonable effort to notify the individual, whose payment has been rejected, by attempting to make contact through the information provided. The Foundation assumes no responsibility for lost, late, misdirected or non-delivered mail, email or fax messages, or any other failure to receive orders or deliver receipts prior to the drawing deadline.
A person may request a contest ticket without making a donation by mailing a hand-written request entitled “Million Miles for Justice Car Contest Ticket Request.” The request must include participant’s complete name, street address (no post office boxes), city, state, zip code, telephone number, and date of birth (mm/dd/yyyy), along with a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) and be mailed to: Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, Attn: Million Miles for Justice Car Contest, 100 South St., Harrisburg, PA 17101. Mail-in requests must be legibly hand-written in ink on paper or an index card no smaller than 3.5”x 5”, including both outer envelope and SASE. The outer envelope must include a return address in the upper left hand corner that matches the requester’s street address, and must be postmarked no later than May 2, 2016, and received by the Foundation no later than May 6, 2016. Each request must be mailed in a separate stamped outer mailing envelope. Requests that are sent in business reply envelopes, that utilize address labels or stickers (for any address), that are photocopied, hand-stamped, computer-generated or otherwise mechanically or digitally produced or reproduced, or that otherwise fail to comply with these Official Rules will NOT be honored, acknowledged or returned, and the persons submitting such requests will forfeit any corresponding postage and envelopes. There is a limit of one ticket per listed street address. One contest ticket will be mailed in response to each mail-in request that complies with the requirements of these Official Rules.
The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation will process the ticket request in the same manner as a ticket obtained with a $100 donation. After the request is processed, the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation will mail the requestor a contest ticket using the self-addressed stamped envelope provided by the requestor. Contest tickets may take up to six weeks to be received by mail.
Requests for tickets and ticket donations received either (i) after all tickets are sold, or (ii) following the drawing, will be returned to the requester(s).
Only persons who are at least 18-years old and who possess a valid USA Driver’s license may obtain a contest ticket. Employees of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and their spouses and children living in the same household are excluded from participating and are not eligible to win a prize. The contest is subject to all applicable international, federal, state and local laws and is void where prohibited by law or otherwise restricted.
Selection of Winner
The Million Miles for Justice Car Contest drawing will be held on May 12, 2016, (the “drawing date”), from all eligible tickets. Winner need not be present to win. Winner will be notified within seven (7) business days of the drawing via the contact information listed on the ticket stub. It is the responsibility of the ticket holder to provide a valid, deliverable mailing address (no post office boxes), phone and/or email address, legibly printed on the ticket, for notification.
Within thirty (30) day of the Grand Prize notification, the Grand Prize winner must: 1) make an election in writing between the car and the cash alternate prize; 2) complete and return the Affidavit of Eligibility, Acknowledgement and Award of Prize, Liability Release and Consent Form; 3) present the original ticket obtained for the contest; 4) pay the withholding amount for all applicable federal and state income taxes; 5) pay the sales and/or excise taxes, notary fees, title transfer and registration fees if the car option is chosen; and 6) provide proof of motor vehicle financial responsibility insurance.
If (i) the winner is unable to be notified within thirty (30) days from the drawing date or (ii) arrangements cannot be made with the winner within sixty (60) days of the drawing date regarding the delivery of the prize, or (iii) the winner declines acceptance of the prize, or (iv) the winner fails to submit the Affidavit of Eligibility, Acknowledgement and Award of Prize, Liability Release and Consent Form, then (a) the winner will no longer be the winner, will forfeit all rights to claim the prize, and will have no right to any other prize or to receive any compensation or damages from the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, and (b) an alternate winner will be chosen by conducting a random drawing from the original pool of ticket entries, which will be held at 100 South Street, Harrisburg, PA at 12 noon within fourteen (14) days following the determination of a forfeiture. The alternate winner shall be subject to these same Official Rules. No refunds will be made if a new drawing is held.
Taxes and IRS Rules
If the car is chosen, the Grand Prize winner assumes all fees, local, state and federal taxes (including but not limited to income taxes based on the value of the car) which must be paid when the car is transferred to the winner. Likewise, there are federal taxes and there may be state and/or local tax consequences if the winner selects the alternate cash prize. The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation takes no responsibility for any tax liabilities. Consult your tax advisor. This offer is void where prohibited by law, and all federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.
Release and Limitations of Liability
Entrants release the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, and its respective board, committee members, officers, volunteers, and representative agents from any and all liability with respect to participation in the promotion and possession of the prize. Any liability of Pennsylvania Bar Foundation shall be limited to the actual donation received for a ticket. In the case of a dispute, the Foundation’s decision shall be final.
Entrant agrees to allow the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation to use his/her name and image without any compensation for any promotional activity related to this or any future contest. No ticket holder address or contact information will be released to the public.
Have Questions? Contact
Marie Queen, Executive Director
Pennsylvania Bar Foundation
P.O. Box 186
Harrisburg, PA 17108-0186
Pennsylvania Bar Foundation Accepting Applications for Two Law School Scholarship Programs – Deadline December 1, 2015
This December, the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation will award up to $12,000 in scholarship assistance to Pennsylvania residents attending the nine accredited law schools serving the state. The application deadline is December 1, and the awards will be made prior to the end of the calendar year.
The James W. Stoudt Memorial Scholarship of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation provides three, $3,000 scholarships, two of which are specifically dedicated to the support of historically underrepresented minority law students of African-American, Hispanic-American or Native American ancestry. Named after one of the Foundation’s most devoted supporters, the James W. Stoudt Memorial Scholarship is open Pennsylvania residents in their second year of a fulltime law school program or third year of a part-time program. To be eligible, applicants must be or become law student members of the Pennsylvania Bar Association which is free for law students choosing to become electronic members, demonstrate financial need and good academic standing and submit an application that includes: proof of residency; an unofficial copy of a current academic transcript; a maximum of two recommendations; and a 500-word essay that describes how the applicant plans to demonstrate his/her potential for making a contribution to society and the legal profession.
The Joseph T. McDonald Memorial Scholarship of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation provides a $3,000 scholarship to a fulltime, third year Pennsylvania resident involved in the Penn State Dickinson School of Law trial advocacy program. Foundation Vice President Michael J. McDonald created the Joseph T. McDonald Memorial Scholarship through the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation’s Named Scholarship Program in 201, to honor the memory of his father and to establish a lasting legacy for law students at his alma mater. The scholarship is awarded annually on a competitive basis, and like the Stoudt Scholarship, membership in the PBA Law Student Division is required as is the submission of an application that includes: proof of Pennsylvania residency and fulltime enrollment at Penn State Dickinson School of Law; an unofficial copy of a current academic transcript and a maximum of two recommendations that evidence trial advocacy course work and/or interest; and a 500-word that discusses how the applicant intends to pursue trial advocacy after graduation.
Attorneys employed by the 38 IOLTA-funded civil legal services organizations providing free legal services to Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens have until midnight on October 15, 2015, to submit their online applications for student loan repayment assistance from the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation – PA IOLTA Loan Repayment Assistance Program (“LRAP”). The application is available at www.paioltagrants.org. (more…)
Plan to spend another fabulous NightOUT with the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation on November 19, 2015, from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., when we welcome veteran U.S. Supreme Court correspondent Tony Mauro and internationally acclaimed mentalist and entertainer Joe Curcillo, the MindShark. (more…)
On August 23, the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation will make the first distribution from the Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship Fund, a fund created in 2014 to celebrate and honor late Harrisburg lawyer Patti Bednarik, founder and first chair of the Animal Law Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, leader in animal law reform and compassionate animal welfare volunteer who practiced what she preached. (more…)