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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

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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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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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