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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Japan prime minister dissolves parliament before election
[JURIST] Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe [official profile] has dissolved the lower house of parliament [official website], enabling an early election to see how the public views his struggling economic policies. Abe had called for the election to be held on December 14. He is seeking [BBC report] a new mandate for economic reforms and is delaying an increase in sales tax that has little support. He has been heavily pressured to increase the sales tax in order to take steps to address Japan's enormous public debt. When addressing [Guardian report] the public on Tuesday, he noted that the increase... Full Story››
Human rights group issues report on international childrens rights
[JURIST] Human rights group ChildFund Alliance (CFA) [advocacy website] on Thursday issued a report [text, PDF] addressing the current issues with international children's rights commemorating the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child [text]. The report, entitled "Small Voices, Big Dreams Survey," recognizes the need and urges for additional human rights protections to be addressed by the international community, despite the continued implementation of new laws protecting children's rights. The survey reports that "[i]n developing countries, 28% of children surveyed say children in their country are rarely or never protected from harmful work that... Full Story››
Investigation finds no fault by Obama administration in responding to Benghazi attacks
[JURIST] The US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee [official website] on Friday released a report [documents, PDF] stating that the Obama administration properly responded to the 2012 attack [BBC backgrounder] on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The committee, which is led by Republicans, concluded that there was no failure of intelligence and no delay in sending a rescue team. In a statement [press release] by committee chairman Mike Rogers [official profile], he announced: "...the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into the Benghazi attacks focused on the Intelligence Community's activities before, during, and after the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, on September... Full Story››
Swedish appeals court reissues arrest warrant for Julian Assange
[JURIST] A Swedish appeals court [official website] on Thursday upheld an arrest warrant to question Wikileaks [official website] founder Julian Assange about claims dealing with sexual assault. Assange has denied all the allegations behind the warrant and has taken refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy [BBC report] in London, where he has lived since June of 2012. The Swedish appeals court issued a statement [Al Jazeera report] in regards to the enforcement of the warrant stating, "[i]n the view of the Court of Appeal there is no reason to set aside the detention solely because Julian Assange is in an embassy... Full Story››
Federal judge strikes down New Jersey sports betting
[JURIST] A federal judge for the US District Court for the District of New Jersey [official website] on Friday ruled [opinion, PDF] that New Jersey cannot partially lift a prohibition on sports betting, a move the state was taking to boost the struggling horse racing and casino industries. The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) prohibits states from operating a gambling system based on professional or college sports. The outcome was expected as US District Judge Michael Shipp ruled similarly in a decision last year when he upheld [JURIST report] a 21-year-old federal law prohibiting gambling. The federal law... Full Story››