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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Sudan asks UN to close human rights office in Khartoum
[JURIST] The Sudanese government has made a formal request to the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) [official website] to close their human rights office in Khartoum following accusations of worrying abuses and violations by their peacekeepers. This request [Guardian report] is believed to stem from the strained relationship between UNAMID and Sudan after accusations surfaced of a mass rape in a Darfur village said to have been perpetrated by Sudanese troops. Investigations made into the mass rape by UNAMID produced no evidence, but internal reports allege governmental intimidation of victims to prevent them from coming forward. Sudan's foreign... Full Story››
HRW: First FGM trial in Egypt ends in acquittals
[JURIST] Two men in Egypt were acquitted for charges relating to female genital mutilation (FGM) [WHO backgrounder] on Thursday. Since the law banning FGM was amended in 2008, this is the only case of FGM that resulted in trial. The charges stemmed from the death of a 13 year-old girl [Guardian report] who died last year of an allergic reaction to penicillin, after her father took her to a local doctor for an FGM procedure. The prosecutor charged the doctor with manslaughter and committing the practice of FGM, and charged the girl's father with endangering her life and forcing her... Full Story››
Amnesty announces concern over Colombia land returns
[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Thursday released a report [press release] detailing its concern that people hoping to gain their land back under the Victims Land and Restitution Law [Law 1448, text, in Spanish] in Colombia may face problems ranging from bureaucracy to intimidation, causing them to fail to receive their land. The report, entitled "Colombia: A land title is not enough: Ensuring sustainable land restitution in Colombia" [report, PDF], describes Colombia's violent struggle to control territory during the 50-year-old armed conflict. This report examines whether the authorities can guarantee landowners' rights under the Victims Land and Restitution... Full Story››
Commission decides Scotland to have more independent powers
[JURIST] UK's commission on strengthening devolution, the Smith Commission [official website], concluded on Thursday that Scotland's parliament should have more independence in certain matters. The commission, which was set up [press release] by Prime Minister David Cameron [official website], recommended that Scotland's parliament should have the power to decide Scotland's income tax rates, the voting age, welfare payments and should have a consultative role in reviewing the BBC Charter. The announcement follows Scotland's vote against independence [JURIST report]. Though Scotland's government welcomed the announcement, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon found the commission's decision disappointing because the Scottish parliament would still be... Full Story››
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››