Law Day Celebrated with Luncheon Highlighting Right to Vote
On April 30 the Berks County Bar Association hosted more than 225 guests at our annual celebration of Law Day, a day set aside to highlight the importance of law in our society.
This year’s year theme is American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters. After all, to have “a government of the people, by the people and for the people,” it is necessary that all eligible citizens vote.
Each year the BCBA Law Day Committee conducts an Essay Contest for the 5th and 6th Graders of Berks County. This year, these questions were posed: When you become 18 years old, you will be able to vote in elections. Will you want to vote when you are able? Why or why not? Why do you think voting is an important right?
Left: the winners of the County Mock Trial Championship, Conrad Weiser
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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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UN rights experts: clear connection exists between torture and corruption
[JURIST] A UN human rights expert on Wednesday urged [statement] UN member states to make a greater effort to tackle domestic corruption, stating that a clear link exists between torture and corrupt practices. The chairperson of the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT) [official website], Malcolm Evans [official profile], presented the SPT's annual report to the General Assembly's Third Committee. According to the SPT's findings, torture and ill-treatment are less likely to be discovered or prosecuted [press release] in states with higher levels of corruption, making it more difficult for the SPT to prevent it. Evans went on... Full Story››
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Kuwait sentences 13 to jail for reciting opposition speech
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Arizona appeals court rules medical marijuana no defense to DUI charge
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