Kick off the holiday season at this very special luncheon.
Registration, Networking and Open Bar
Lunch and Keynote Speaker
Presentation of the Sidney D. Kline, Jr. Award for Outstanding Community Service to Ann and Chris G. Kraras (left)
Jamie Moyer, key member of the 2008 World Championship Team and current Phillies broadcaster, will present the keynote address
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Foreclosure Mediation Program Continues
The Berks County Bar Association, in conjunction with the Berks County Courts and Neighborhood Housing Services, have created a program by which those threatened with the loss of their home can seek relief. The program began January 1 and is continuing. Those served with a complaint in a consumer debt or home mortgage case may take advantage of the program.
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Arkansas, Mississippi same-sex marriage bans struck down
[JURIST] Two federal judges on Tuesday struck down same-sex marriage bans in Arkansas and Mississippi [opinions, PDF]. The rulings overturned the voter-approved bans that had been in place for over a decade. US District Judge Carlton Wayne Reeves of Jackson placed his decision declaring the ban a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment on hold for two weeks to allow time for an appeal. In Arkansas, US District Judge Kristine Baker declared the ban unconstitutional for restricting the right for a lesbian couple to marry. A recent Louisiana ruling upholding a same-sex marriage ban [JURIST report] is currently being appealed to... Full Story››
Malaysia PM proposes anti-terrorism law
[JURIST] Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak [BBC profile] on Wednesday suggested to the country's parliament that new laws are needed to strengthen existing legislation to combat terrorism. Razak expressed particular concern about citizens returning home to Malaysia with extremist ideology after fighting alongside Islamic State (IS) [JURIST backgrounder; CFR backgrounder] militants in conflict zones of Syria and Iraq. Citing the 39 citizens who have already joined the extremist group, Razak urged that the radicalism and extremism taught by IS cannot be allowed to spread. The proposed legislation includes provisions for the rehabilitation of militants who return home to Malaysia and... Full Story››
Utah reaches settlement over immigration law
[JURIST] The Utah Attorney General's Office [official website] reached a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] on Tuesday over a controversial immigration law [HB 497]. The "Utah Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act" was criticized as encouraging racial profiling as it allowed police officers to stop individuals to verify their legal status or arrest them without a warrant, "when the peace officer ha[d] reasonable cause to believe that the person [was] an alien." The proposed settlement [text, PDF] permanently prohibits Utah from enforcing Sections 6(2) and 11 of HB 497, and section 76-10-2901 of the Utah Criminal Code... Full Story››
Supreme Court to rule on disability rights, EPA cases
The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in four cases on Tuesday. In City and County of San Francisco v. Sheehan [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court has been asked to decide whether Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act [text] requires law enforcement to accommodate a mentally ill, violent and armed suspect when taken into custody. The court will also determine if it is unreasonable under the Fourth Amendment [text] for law enforcement to enter into a residence based on the belief that the suspect inside is armed and will violently resist arrest. The... Full Story››
UN rights expert urges East Timor to reconsider judicial dismissals
[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers [official website] Gabriela Knaul [official profile] on Tuesday urged [press release] the government of East Timor to reconsider the dismissing of international judges and prosecutors. Knaul believes that the audit and dismissal of judicial personnel puts the independence of the judiciary within the country in question. Since October the East Timor government has terminated the contracts of international judicial personnel and ordered five judges, two prosecutors and an adviser to leave the country. Knaul said, "[t]he reduction of the number of international judges, prosecutors and other legal professionals... Full Story››