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Law Day

The Berks County Bar Association celebrated Law Day on May 3, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza. Keynote speaker, President Judge Paul M. Yatron, spoke about the 50th anniversary of Miranda v. Arizona. Fleetwood Area High School (below) emerged as the winner of the Mock Trials.

Pictured with Law Day Chair, Alexa Antanavage, Esquire, is Lauryn Massengill, first place winner of the Law Day Essay contest. Second and third place winners are (l-r) Elise L. Kirwan and Ignacio Gonzalez.

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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.


UN rights experts raise concerns over Egypt crackdown on human rights defenders

Three UN human rights experts experts urged Egypt [press release] on Monday to cease its ongoing crackdown on humans rights defenders and organizations. They stated that Egypt is failing in its international responsibility to provide a safe and enabling environment for civil society in the country. The experts added that the Egyptian government must immediately put an end to all forms of persecution and take effective measures to protect members of human rights organizations, specifically members of Nazra for Feminist Studies, the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies [advocacy websites] and the United Group - Attorneys at Law and Legal... Full Story››

Virginia governor amends alternative execution bill

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe [official website] on Sunday offered amendments to an alternative execution bill (HB 815) [text, PDF] that would have required the use of the electric chair if lethal injections are unavailable. McAuliffe scrapped the bill's provision [AP report] allowing for electrocution stating [official Twitter] that Virginians "do not wish to be forced into using this terrible form of punishment." McAuliffe instead added a provision permitting the state, when faced with a lethal injection drug shortage, to special-order drugs from pharmacies whose identities would be kept secret to shield them from potential political fallout. The state legislature can... Full Story››

CIA agent appeals Italy extradition order to Portugal constitutional court

[JURIST] Former US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] operative Sabrina de Sousa filed an appeal in Portugal's Constitutional Court [official website] Monday in a last attempt to prevent her extradition to Italy to serve a six-year sentence for her involvement in a US extraordinary renditions program. De Sousa was arrested [JURIST report] in a Portuguese airport after she had been convicted in absentia by an Italian court for her part in the 2003 kidnapping and rendition of Egyptian terror suspect Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr. The Portugal Supreme Court [official website] rejected [AP report] her appeal of an extradition order,... Full Story››

China arbitration panel hears first transgender job discrimination suit

[JURIST] A labor arbitration panel in China on Monday opened a hearing in the country's first transgender job discrimination lawsuit, filed by a 28-year-old plaintiff known as Mr. C. C was born as a woman but has considered himself a man since college. C alleges he was fired [WP report] from a sales job at a health services firm just a few days into the position because the staff said he looked like a lesbian and threatened the company's reputation. The company alleges C was discharged for incompetence. The case is being heralded as China's first transgender job discrimination case... Full Story››

Sudan begins referendum in Darfur despite US peace concerns

[JURIST] The government of Sudan on Monday began its three-day referendum in the western region of Darfur despite concerns [press statement] from the US State Department that the political process would undermine peace efforts. The Darfur Referendum Commission hopes [Al Jazeera report] to resolve administrative debates by allowing voters to decide whether Darfur becomes one unified region or remains divided into five states. The commission plans to hold the referendum in 1,400 centers throughout the states' 62 localities and has promised to preserve the region's culture as stated in the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur [text, PDF]. The US,... Full Story››