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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Ferguson shooting evidence released following grand jury decision
[JURIST] A grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, decided Monday not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown in August. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch [official website] released documents and evidence [NYT materials] that were presented to the grand jury, including jury transcripts, witness interviews, forensic reports and photographs. As protesters take to the street in response to the grand jury decision, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] urged Missouri law enforcement not to resort to excessive force [press release]. Commenting on the grand jury decision, the executive director of the American Civil... Full Story››
Cambodia Khmer Rouge tribunal postpones war crimes trial to January
[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] announced [press release, PDF] Monday that the trial of two Cambodian leaders accused of committing genocide will be postponed to January 2015. Lawyers for Khieu Samphan have refused to participate [JURIST report] in trial proceedings before the appeal from the decision at the first trial is filed. Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea were sentenced to life imprisonment [JURIST report] for crimes against humanity as a result of the first trial. The second trial brings charges of genocide as well as crimes of rape and forced marriages. The tribunal... Full Story››
UN officials concerned over activists rights in Burundi
[JURIST] An official for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) [official website] on Tuesday stated [press release] that human rights activists in Burundi have been the subjects of threats and defamation for their current role within the state. According to Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders Michel Forst, they are treated as political opponents by the state and subject to physical threats, anonymous phone calls, arbitrary arrests, assaults and judicial harassment. Burundi's constitution [text] guarantees freedom of press, freedom of assembly and liberty of association. However, according to Burundi law, whenever activists... Full Story››
UN rights experts urge stronger efforts to eliminate violence against women
[JURIST] Four UN human rights experts on Tuesday stressed [press release] a need for greater international and national efforts to eliminate violence against displaced women. Noting substantial levels of violence perpetrated against the world's roughly 17 million conflict-displaced women, the UN's release came during the worldwide International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women [UN backgrounder]. The experts, Chaloka Beyani, Rashida Manjoo, Rosa Kornfeld-Matte and Urmila Bhoola [official profiles] urged measures including a more punitive approach to deterring violence, greater security for those displaced and increased education for individuals offering aid at camps for internally displaced persons. Beginning in... Full Story››
UN rights experts call for end of punitive house demolition in Palestine and Israel
[JURIST] The Israeli government's use of house demolition as a punitive measure in response to alleged acts of violence by Palestinians must end immediately, two UN human rights experts urged Tuesday [press release], adding that the practice, which targets Palestinian homes in both Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, is a violation of human rights law. The demolitions are mainly directed at individuals accused of crimes, though others have affected as well. In the case of Mr. Al-Shaludi, the experts claim he was shot and killed by Israeli police, and then his home was demolished for "no other purpose than... Full Story››