Kick off the holiday season at this very special luncheon.
Law Foundation of Berks County and the PICPA Reading Chapter have joined together for an annual event held on the first Friday in December. Network with other professionals in the area, bring your clients or your staff, and help make this event a memorable and successful fundraiser for the Children’s Home of Reading and other children’s programs.
Presentation of the Sidney D. Kline, Jr. Award for Outstanding Community Service
Proceeds in part benefit the Children’s Home of Reading’s Educational Program
2015 "SOX" Drive
The Community Engagement Committee of the Reading Chapter of the PICPA is sponsoring a “SOX” drive to collect donations of new, warm, adult socks that will be delivered to the less fortunate to keep warm during the cold winter. SOX are being collected through January 8, 2016. SOX collection locations
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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.
UN rights expert urges Nigeria to end unlawful evictions
A UN human rights expert on Monday advised [press release] Nigerian officials to halt mass, unlawful evictions and demolitions in the region of Badia, Lagos, exoressing concern over the homelessness resulting from a lack of adequate housing and compensation to victims. Special Rapporteur Leilani Farha [profile], an expert on the right to adequate housing, warned that upwards of 30,000 people are at risk of losing their homes and livelihoods if planned demolitions go on without intervention. "I am alarmed that ... children, women and elders have been pushed out of their homes without prior notice in the middle of the... Full Story››
Colombia president pardons 30 FARC soldiers
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos [official website, in Spanish] on Sunday pardoned [press release, in Spanish] 30 former guerrilla soldiers in jail for non-violent crimes. Yesid Alvarado Reyes [official website, in Spanish], Colombian Minister of Justice and Law, explained that members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) [BBC backgrounder] who have been convicted of minor crimes, such as rebellion or illegal possession of weapons, are expected to be released by the end of the year. The pardons come on the tails of peace talks between the FARC and the government, from which a formal agreement is expected to... Full Story››
HRW: Bahrain tortured protest detainees
Bahrain has tortured detainees in the years following the country's 2011 protests [BBC timeline], despite a government promise to stop such abuses, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [HRW report] Sunday. The report is based on testimony offered by 14 people allegedly assaulted by the police while in custody. Those testifying claim they suffered electrical shock treatment, being exposed to extreme cold, being hung in painful positions and sexual abuse. Protests erupted in Bahrain in February 2011, led by Shiites seeking greater political freedoms under the Sunni government. In a statement to the Associated Press, Bahrain's government stated [AP... Full Story››
Bangladesh executes opposition leaders for war crimes
Two senior opposition leaders in Bangladesh on Sunday were executed for war crimes committed during the country's 1971 war of independence with Pakistan. One of the men, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, was sentenced for crimes that included murdering Bengali nationalists and pro-liberation intellectuals during his position as second in command [AFP report] of the Eastern Pakistani paramilitary wing of the West Pakistan Army, al-Badr. Mujahid represented Bangladesh Jamaal-e-Islami, the largest Islamic political party in the country, as the Secretary General. The other, Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury, was hanged [judgment, PDF] for genocide, torture and other crimes during his leadership position within... Full Story››
President Obama orders an assessment of US military intelligence reports regarding IS
[JURIST] President Obama, on Sunday, ordered an assessment of whether intelligence reports from US Central Command (Centcom) [official website] were changed by supervisory military personnel before formal submission to present a more optimistic picture of the American military campaign against the Islamic State (IS). Over the last few weeks, the Pentagon inspector general seized emails from military servers [New York Times report] as the investigation continues. Individuals from the Department of Defense allege that military supervisors revised information about military failures against the IS before finalizing the reports. Also, it is alleged that senior military officials revised intelligence reports that... Full Story››