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On June 13, the Law Foundation hosted the sponsors of previous Holiday Benefit Luncheons with a reception held at the Berkshire Country Club.  Greg Luzinski was well received as the special guest. The Law Foundation of Berks County and PICPA Reading Chapter present the 10th Anniversary Holiday Benefit Luncheon on December 1, 2017, featuring keynote speaker, Mike Schmidt, Philadelphia Phillies Hall of Fame 3rd Baseman.

 

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.

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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.

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Access to Courthouse/Family Dockets


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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.

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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Judge postpones decision on Toshiba flash memory sale

A judge for the Superior Court of California [official website] postponed a decision Friday for injunctive relief to block Toshiba Corporation [official website] from selling its flash memory business in an attempt to relieve losses from the nuclear reactor business. As per a joint venture with Western Digital which helps finance equipment at Toshiba's plants, Western Digital has also invoked separate arbitration proceedings. Judge Kahn [Washington Times profile] delayed the ruling on the injunction and instead proposed that Toshiba be required to give Western Digital two weeks notice that the sale would be closing if the arbitration was still proceeding.... Full Story››

Venezuela holds unofficial referendum on constitutional rewrite

The Venezuela government's opposition opened polls Sunday over President Nicolas Maduro's [CNN profile] call to rewrite the constitution [JURIST report]. Many have accused Maduro's plan to be undemocratic and a way to suppress the months of anti-government protests against his presidency. Maduro states [Miami Herald report] that the new assembly which would elect 527 members as it is the only solution to bring an end to the anti-government protests that have brought significant violence to the country. The opposition's vote is being held at over 2,000 polling stations and is also available to those abroad, with as many as 11... Full Story››

Federal report criticizes harsh treatment of mentally ill inmates

The Office of the Inspector General for the US Department of Justice [official websites] issued a report [PDF] on Friday criticizing the Bureau of Prison's (BOP) [official website] treatment of inmates with mental illnesses. The report singles out [NPR report] a prison in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, having a pending lawsuit against it, alleging that the institution mistreated prisoners and denied adequate mental health services. According to the report, the BOP is violating its own recently implemented policy by keeping prisoners with mental illness in solitary confinement for too long and denying them medical treatment. The American Correctional Association [official website] recommends... Full Story››

Former Philippines president Benigno Aquino III to be charged for fumbled anti-terror raid

The Philippines Office of the Ombudsman [official website] announced plans to charge [press release] former Philippines president Benigno Aquino III [Britannica profile] on Friday for the botched "anti-terror" raid that led to what is known as the Mamasapano massacre in 2015. The raid left 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos dead as a result of a firefight with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, and another privately armed group. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales [official profile] ordered that Aquino be charged with usurpation of authority under the Revised Penal Code [text, PDF] and the Philippines Anti-Graft and... Full Story››

Hong Kong high court disqualifies lawmakers for improper swearing-in of oaths of office

The Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal [official website] voided [Reuters report] the oaths of office of four opposition lawmakers on Friday and removed them from the legislature. Among the four disqualified lawmakers were 24-year-old Nathan Law, leader of the 2014 "Umbrella movement" protests, veteran activist "Long Hair" Kwok-hung Leung, Siu-lai Lau, and Edward Yiu. The reasons behind Judge Thomas Au's decision to remove the lawmakers were varied, but all had a rather broad common theme - changing the wording of the oath of office or failing to take the oath in a "sincere and solemn" manner. Specifically, of the... Full Story››