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Municipal Law Seminar

CLE on the Open Records and Open
Meetings Laws

For government agencies, the Right-to-Know Law (involving open records) and the Sunshine Act (involving open meetings) serve as important laws designed to ensure governmental transparency.  The County of Berks will be hosting a training session, co-sponsored by the Berks County Bar Association, presented by Office of Open Records Chief of Outreach and Training and Open Records Officer George Spiess on fulfilling governmental agencies’ obligations under these two statutes between 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.  The training will take place in the Second Floor Auditorium in the County Services Center, located at 633 Court Street in Reading.   The training is free, except attorneys seeking 1.5 CLE substantive credits will be charged a $10.00 processing fee.

Register here››

The CLE processing fee will be collected at the door.

 

Important Statements of Support

Statement in Support of Federal Funding of Civil Legal Services


MidPenn Legal Services provides free representation to Berks County low-income families needing help with child custody, domestic violence, housing, public benefits, employment and consumer issues.

Statement in Support of Federal Funding of Legal Aid continued››

Berks County Bar Association Board of Directors Statement
on Judicial Independence


In light of recent, critical comments by the President of the United States directed at members of our judicial branch of government while litigation was pending, and in light of the fact that judges who have been criticized, by rule, are not permitted to respond publicly, the Board of Directors of the Berks County Bar Association has decided that it is appropriate to issue this statement in support of our Federal Constitution.

Statement on Judicial Independence continued››

Access to Courthouse/Family Dockets


Access link here››


Looking for a Lawyer?

Have you just been served with a complaint seeking to foreclose on your home or to change the child custody arrangement or to evict you from your apartment?  Or are you considering bankruptcy?

You need to consult with an attorney.  Our members are skilled attorneys who can fight for your rights, draft valid legal documents and stand by you in the courtroom.  Don’t be misled by television ads for online legal forms.  Notaries and petition preparers cannot give legal advice or accompany you to court.  And “do-it-yourself” law is a fast lane to disaster.   Our members know Pennsylvania law, are available for personal consultations and are accountable to you. 

If you feel overwhelmed looking for the attorney right for you, go here for more information on what the Berks County Bar Association can do for you.

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.

Read More› for a description of the program.

The program is also explained on a recent "Ask a Lawyer" television show. Go here to view the program. As of July 16, 216 cases have requested to participate. Go here for a detailed update.

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