Welcome Guest | Your Account | Sign In

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?

Law Day continued››

Left: the winners of the County Mock Trial Championship, Conrad Weiser

Looking for a Lawyer?

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.

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.

provided by the UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH SCHOOL OF LAW

Bangladesh parliament approves amendment allowing impeachment of high court justices

[JURIST] The Bangladesh Parliament [official website] on Thursday unanimously approved an amendment to the nation's constitution [text] granting the parliament authority to impeach Supreme Court [official website] justices. The amendment, backed [AP report] by the ruling Awami League [party website], faced heavy criticism from judges who viewed the change as an attempt by the ruling party to exert more control over the judiciary. Under the new amendment, Parliament will be allowed to impeach judges on grounds of "misbehavior or incapacity." Earlier this week the Bangladesh Supreme Court commuted [JURIST report] the death sentence of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) [party website] Vice President... Full Story››

UN rights body suspends visit to Azerbaijan due to government obstruction

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) [official websites] suspended its delegation to Azerbaijan Thursday citing [official statement] the government's prevention of access to a number of locations where individuals are being detained. Azerbaijan is a party to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT). Under OPCAT, the SPT has a mandate to "conduct on-site visits and make recommendations to the authorities of State Parties to establish effective safeguards against the risk of torture and ill-treatment in places of deprivation of liberty." According... Full Story››

Oklahoma asks court to dismiss lawsuit filed after botched execution

[JURIST] Oklahoma on Wednesday requested that the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma [official website] dismiss a lawsuit filed after the botched execution of Clayton Lockett. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), The Guardian and The Oklahoma Observer [websites] filed the lawsuit in August [JURIST report] in reaction to the state's decision to draw a curtain midway through the execution, blocking witnesses from seeing what was happening in the death chamber. The complaint argues that bearing witness to executions is a right granted by the First Amendment of the US Constitution and the state's decision to block... Full Story››

Japan defies IWC limits on scientific whaling

[JURIST] In defiance of an International Whaling Commission [official website] non-binding vote to impose strict limits on "scientific whaling," Japan on Thursday announced plans to proceed with a new round of culls scheduled for next year. The whale conservation organization voted at a meeting to require all scientific whaling programs be put before a committee for guidance. The vote would have extended the moratorium on Japan's scientific whaling that was announced following an International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] ruling [JURIST report] earlier this year. However, Japanese officials claimed a different interpretation of the ICJ ruling and announced that... Full Story››

West Virginia judge delays ruling on same-sex marriage ban

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia [official website] on Thursday delayed ruling on a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Judge Robert Chambers [official profile] stated that the case, brought on behalf of three same-sex couples and the child of one couple, has issues that overlap with a case before the US Supreme Court [official website]. The Supreme Court blocked [NYT report] same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] in Virginia last month and will return from recess in October to decide whether to take up the case. Chambers has said... Full Story››