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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China high court to investigate ways to reduce death penalty crimes
[JURIST] China's highest court, the Supreme People's Court [official website, in Chinese] will investigate ways of reducing the number of crimes punishable by death according to remarks by Hu Yunteng, a senior researcher at the Supreme People's Court, published Monday. Hu told [Reuters report] a group of academics Saturday that the government must reduce the use of the death penalty and use the death penalty with care to prevent the execution of innocent individuals, according to the Supreme People's Court official newspaper the People's Court Daily [official website, in Chinese]. While the Chinese government does not publish the exact number... Full Story››
Israel Cabinet approves draft of Jewish 'nation state' law
[JURIST] The Cabinet of Israel [official website] on Sunday approved draft legislation that would official define Israel as a Jewish and democratic state. The controversial law, titled "Israel, the Nation-State of the Jewish People," passed the Cabinet 14 votes to 6, and will now proceed to the Israeli parliament, the Knesset [official website] for a first reading next Monday. The bill has been heavily criticized by two parties who are members of Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu's [official website; JURIST news archive] coalition government. Cabinet members from the Hatnua and Yesh Atid [party websites] parties voted against [Times of Israel... Full Story››
Bangladesh man sentenced to death for 1971 war crimes
[JURIST] A special tribunal in Bangladesh on Monday sentenced a man to death for his role in killings during Bangladesh's 1971 independence war [GlobalSecurity backgrounder]. Mobarak Hossain was a former commander of a collaborators' group of the Pakistani army. Hossian was convicted [BBC report] of killing 33 civilians in the eastern Bangladeshi district of Brahmanbaria. He was a member of Bangladesh's largest Islamist party, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) [GlobalSecurity backgrounder]. Two special tribunals were set up in 2010 for war crime convictions. Since then, they have convicted 13 people, most of whom were senior leaders of JI. Earlier this month the Supreme... Full Story››
Thailand editor sentenced for defaming king
[JURIST] A military court in Thailand on Monday sentenced web editor Nut Rungwong to four-and-a-half years in jail for publishing an article five years ago that the court ruled defamed the nation's king. Thailand's lese-majeste law, which punishes people who defame, insult or threaten the monarchy, is one of the harshest in the world with jail terms of up to 15 years. Rungwong's sentence was cut in half [Guardian report] because he pleaded guilty to the charge. Rungwong edited the Thai E-News website which is now blocked by censors. He was charged for publishing an article in 2009 written by... Full Story››
UK Home Secretary announces new anti-terrorism bill
[JURIST] UK Home Secretary Theresa May [official profile] on Monday outlined the new Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill [press release] to combat ongoing national security threats. The bill will expand the power of authorities to suspend outgoing and incoming international travel of persons that are reasonably believed to be traveling to commit terrorism. The legislation will also broaden the Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPIMs) [text] to allow authorities to force terrorist suspects to relocate within the country and will raise the burden of proof for TPIMs from a "reasonable belief" to a "balance of probabilities." May stressed the importance of... Full Story››