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Annual Law Day Luncheon

April 30, 2014 - 11:45 AM

First proclaimed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958, Law Day is intended to highlight the importance of law in our society. As President Eisenhower noted, “It is fitting that the people of this Nation should remember with pride and vigilantly guard the great heritage of liberty, justice, and equality under law which our forefathers bequeathed to us.”

Our 2015 luncheon celebrates the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta being sealed by King John in June 1215. The story of the Magna Carta is still unfolding. It is the story of our rule of law tradition and of how our American system of government is derived from our English legal heritage. The Magna Carta has been cited in over 170 United States Supreme Court opinions, most concerning due process of law and trial by jury. We are pleased that King John is able to join us as our keynote speaker. The actor, Bob Gleason, from the American Historical Theatre in Philadelphia, will portray the famous monarch.

Also at this luncheon program, the Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship will be presented, and the winners of the annual Law Day essay contest and of the annual Berks County interscholastic mock trial competition will be recognized.

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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.

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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