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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Federal judge strikes down New Jersey sports betting
[JURIST] A federal judge for the US District Court for the District of New Jersey [official website] on Friday ruled [opinion, PDF] that New Jersey cannot partially lift a prohibition on sports betting, a move the state was taking to boost the struggling horse racing and casino industries. The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) prohibits states from operating a gambling system based on professional or college sports. The outcome was expected as US District Judge Michael Shipp ruled similarly in a decision last year when he upheld [JURIST report] a 21-year-old federal law prohibiting gambling. The federal law... Full Story››
Judge rules Illinois pension law unconstitutional
[JURIST] An Illinois judge on Friday ruled [opinion, PDF] a law intended to fix the pension crisis in the state violates the Illinois constitution. Sangamon Country Circuit [official website] Judge John Belz ruled in favor of state employees and retirees who sued to block the law. Last December state lawmakers passed [JURIST report] the bill [text, PDF], which amended the state's pension plan in an effort to cut spending and lower the state's debt. The law would raise the retirement age and lower annual increases in pensions to retired employees, which would be based on the number of years worked.... Full Story››
Pakistan court orders co-defendants be added to case against ex-president
[JURIST] Pakistan's Federal Shariat Court [official website] has ordered that Pakistan's government amend or re-file its complaint against former president Pervez Musharraf [JURIST news archive] for treason to include the former prime minister Shaukat Aziz, law minister Zahid Hamid and judge Abdul Hameed Dogar as co-defendants. In 2007 during Musharraf's reign as president, he issued an emergency order suspending the constitution and parliament [Al Jazeera report], and fired judges who ruled his actions to be unconstitutional. Musharraf was indicted on charges of high treason [JURIST report] in March for his role in suspending the constitution. In its order the court... Full Story››
UN rights chief condemns Gambia for anti-gay legislation
[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Thursday criticized Gambia [press release] for its passage and enforcement of legislation criminalizing homosexual acts. In October Gambia President Yahya Jammeh [BBC profile] signed into law a bill [JURIST report] which imposes a sentence of life imprisonment for some homosexual acts. The bill amends the criminal code to define "aggravated homosexuality," which encompasses repeat offenders, those living with HIV/AIDS and where a minor is involved. Since the law was signed, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reports that security forces have threatened individuals accused of homosexual acts... Full Story››
US House sues Obama administration over unilateral actions on health care law
[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against the Department of Health and Human Services [official website] and the Department of Treasury [official website] on Friday for the departments' alleged abuse of their executive powers through conduct promoting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) [text, PDF]. The House claims that certain executive branch departments have violated and continue to violate Article I [text] of the US Constitution and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) [text, PDF] by using non-appropriated taxpayer funds to pay insurance companies to implement a program authorized by the ACA.... Full Story››