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Abraham Lincoln at Bar's Law Day Luncheon
Above: Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by re-enactor Jim Getty from Gettysburg, was the keynote speaker.
The Berks County Bar Association celebrated Law Day 2013 with our annual Law Day Luncheon on April 30 at the Reading Crowne Plaza, Wyomissing. This year’s theme, marking the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th Anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" speech, was Realizing the Dream: Equality for All. We honored the winning high school mock trial team, the three elementary students who submitted winning essays on the theme and the Fox Scholarship Awardee. Right: Local child music prodigy, Isabel Lacatus, provided the music. View video of her performance.
Left to Right: The winning Mock Trial Team from Conrad Weiser and the winning 2013 Law Day Essay Winners posing with Dominic A. DeCecco, Esq., Co-Chair, Law Day Committee, Abraham Lincoln, and Berks Bar President, Eugene Orlando, Jr., Esq.
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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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Hungary prosecutors charge accused Nazi with war crimes
[JURIST] Hungarian prosecutors on Tuesday charged Laszlo Csatary, a 98-year-old Hungarian man, with the unlawful execution and torture of people in connection with the Holocaust. Slovakian authorities began the investigation [JURIST report] of Csatary in September after he was arrested on allegations of abusing and assisting in the deportation of thousands of Jews to concentration camps during the Holocaust. The arrest came after the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) [advocacy website], a Jewish human rights organization committed to finding and prosecuting Holocaust war criminals, submitted new evidence [JURIST report] to the Budapest prosecutor's office detailing the war crimes allegedly committed by... Full Story››
ICC grants Kenya VP's request to skip parts of upcoming trial
[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Tuesday conditionally granted the request [press release] of Kenyan Vice President William Ruto [ICC materials; JURIST news archive] to be excused from parts of his upcoming trial. The Trial Chamber, however, will still require Ruto to be present for certain parts of his trial, such as for opening and closing statements and for presentations by victims. The Chamber also stated that this conditional grant is for the purpose of allowing Ruto to continue fulfilling the demanding requirements of his position as vice president. Any violation of the conditions may result in... Full Story››
Libya senior judge assassinated outside courthouse
[JURIST] Senior Libyan Judge Mohammed Naguib was assassinated Sunday by an unidentified gunman outside of the courthouse in Derna. Chairman of the Court of Cassation in Green Mountain province Judge Abdel-Aziz Mustafa al-Trabelsi confirmed [LANA report; in Arabic] that his colleague was killed outright in the drive-by attack. This attack is the latest of an increasing number of threats and attacks on the judiciary in Derna, a city known to be an Islamic stronghold and which houses extremist Salafist militias such as Ansar al-Shariah, the group that claimed responsibility for the 2012 raid of the US Embassy in Benghazi. In... Full Story››
UN rights expert applauds Georgia for commitment to aiding displaced persons
[JURIST] UN independent expert Chaloka Beyani [official profile] commended [press release] the government of Georgia Monday for its ongoing commitment to improving the living conditions of internally displaced people (IDPs) but called for the country to develop an integrated approach to address all waves of IDPs. Specifically, Beyani encouraged the government to address equal land, housing and property rights for displaced women in accordance with international standards. Beyani stated:New opportunities now exist for taking an inclusive integrated approach for all waves of IDPs, in the country. ... These include: the proposed revised legislation on IDPs; the realignment of the 2007... Full Story››
Pennsylvania top court upholds mandatory retirement age for judges
[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania [official website] on Monday upheld [opinion, PDF] the mandatory retirement provision for judicial officers. The complaint [JURIST report], originally filed by six Pennsylvania judges, alleged that the mandatory retirement provision in the Pennsylvania Constitution [text] was in violation of the equal protection and due process clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment [text] to the US Constitution. The court, although sympathetic, held that because of the people's indefeasible right to alter their government by amending the Constitution, the mandatory retirement provision was subject to deferential, rational basis review under both equal protection and due process. The... Full Story››