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9th Annual Holiday Benefit Luncheon

December 2, 2016 - Crowne Plaza Hotel

Registration, Networking and Open Bar
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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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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Iraq votes to give militia legal status to fight IS

The Parliament of Iraq [official website] on Saturday voted to give militias fighting Islamic State" (IS) militant group legal status in the country. The 208 votes allow Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd Al-Sha'abi) [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] to fight the militant group throughout the country as long as they keep their identity and character [DW report]. The bill legitimizes and recognizes[Aljazeera report] the militia as an extension of the state, as they will now receive pensions and instructions from government leaders. Opponents to the bill note that "mobilization forces" are traditionally Shiite, and have in the past fought against Sunni Iraqis. Many fear... Full Story››

Switzerland votes to keep nuclear power options

Swiss voters on Sunday rejected [press report, in German] a referendum to phase out the nation's nuclear power program. The referendum failed [SRF report, in German] with 54.2 % of voters agreeing to keep nuclear power programs with only 45.8 % voting to do away with nuclear options. The referendum was sponsored by the Green party of Switzerland [official site, in German] who hoped to remove nuclear power options from the country citing a transition to renewable energies was better for the long term safety of the country after the Fukushima nuclear disaster [JURIST news archive]. The measure would have... Full Story››

Clinton campaign to join Wisconsin vote recount

[JURIST] A lawyer for Hillary Clinton on Saturday announced [blog post] that the Clinton campaign is joining Green Party candidate Jill Stein's recount in Wisconsin, and the campaign promised it will look into allegations of voter fraud. General counsel Marc Elias [official website], in a post on blog website Medium, responded to the "hundreds of messages, emails, and calls urging us to do something, anything, to investigate claims that the election results were hacked and altered in a way to disadvantage Secretary Clinton," particularly in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, noting that "[no] actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to... Full Story››

UN extends condolences after Fidel Castro's death

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] gave [official statement] his condolences to the Cuban people and the family of the nation’s former President Fidel Castro, who passed away late Friday night. Ban spoke [UN News report] on the last conversation he had with Castro in January 2014 where the two discussed climate change, sustainable development, and other global developments. Ban applauded Castro’s work in advancing education, literacy, and health in Cuba and called Castro a “strong voice for social justice in global discussions at the UN General Assembly.” Ban concluded by voicing his hopes that Cuba will continue reform... Full Story››

Charleston church shooter guilty plea offer rejected by government

The government refused [NYT report] a plea offer from accused white supremacist Dylann Roof on Friday. Roof, the man charged with killing nine black church members attending Emanuel AME Church [official website] in Charleston, offered to plead guilty in exchange for a sentence of life in prison. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced her decision in May to pursue the death penalty. "The nature of the alleged crime and the resulting harm compelled this decision," said Ms. Lynch. The critics for the Justice Department's decision have several arguments, including the efficacy and morality of the death penalty. William N. Nettles, previous... Full Story››