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Municipal Law Seminar

CLE on the Open Records and Open
Meetings Laws

For government agencies, the Right-to-Know Law (involving open records) and the Sunshine Act (involving open meetings) serve as important laws designed to ensure governmental transparency.  The County of Berks will be hosting a training session, co-sponsored by the Berks County Bar Association, presented by Office of Open Records Chief of Outreach and Training and Open Records Officer George Spiess on fulfilling governmental agencies’ obligations under these two statutes between 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.  The training will take place in the Second Floor Auditorium in the County Services Center, located at 633 Court Street in Reading.   The training is free, except attorneys seeking 1.5 CLE substantive credits will be charged a $10.00 processing fee.

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The CLE processing fee will be collected at the door.


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Have you just been served with a complaint seeking to foreclose on your home or to change the child custody arrangement or to evict you from your apartment?  Or are you considering bankruptcy?

You need to consult with an attorney.  Our members are skilled attorneys who can fight for your rights, draft valid legal documents and stand by you in the courtroom.  Don’t be misled by television ads for online legal forms.  Notaries and petition preparers cannot give legal advice or accompany you to court.  And “do-it-yourself” law is a fast lane to disaster.   Our members know Pennsylvania law, are available for personal consultations and are accountable to you. 

If you feel overwhelmed looking for the attorney right for you, go here for more information on what the Berks County Bar Association can do for you.

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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