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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US House sues Obama administration over unilateral actions on health care law
[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against the Department of Health and Human Services [official website] and the Department of Treasury [official website] on Friday for the departments' alleged abuse of their executive powers through conduct promoting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) [text, PDF]. The House claims that certain executive branch departments have violated and continue to violate Article I [text] of the US Constitution and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) [text, PDF] by using non-appropriated taxpayer funds to pay insurance companies to implement a program authorized by the ACA.... Full Story››
Supreme Court asked to rule on Louisiana same-sex marriage case
[JURIST] Seven same-sex couples submitted a petition [text, PDF] on Thursday asking the US Supreme Court [official website] to review the district court's decision to uphold Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban before it proceeds to the federal appeals court. The petition presents the court with the question of whether a state's constitutional and statutory bans on same-sex marriage violate the due process and equal protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution. While the Supreme Court usually does not hear cases before they are appealed to a circuit court, the court rules do allow the practice. The petitioners' lawyers... Full Story››
DOD announces transfer of 5 Guantanamo detainees
[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] announced Thursday the transfer of five detainees from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder]. Three are being transferred to the country of Georgia, while Slovakia will accepted [press releases] the transfer of two more detainees. In 2009 the Guantanamo Review Task Force, composed of six agencies, approved the transfers after considering factors such as security issues. Congress imposed restrictions on dozens of approved releases including prohibiting any detainees from being sent to the US, but many restrictions were relaxed last December. A total of 143 prisoners remain [AP report]... Full Story››
Obama announces immigration reforms
US President Barrack Obama [official website] on Thursday announced execution action [remarks] on immigration that would allow 4.7 million undocumented immigrants to stay in the US. The reform allows immigrants that have been in the US for more than five years or have children who are citizens to register and pass a criminal background check in order to stay in the country. The reform also requires that immigrants to pay their fair share in taxes. The immigrants will also not be allowed to vote nor will they qualify for certain federal benefits, such as health care coverage. Obama also stated... Full Story››
Federal judge strikes down Montana same-sex marriage ban
[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Montana [official website] ruled [order] Wednesday Montana's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional because it violates the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. In the order US District Court Judge Brian Morris stated that Montana was the last state in the Ninth Circuit to prohibit same-sex marriage and also the only remaining state in the circuit refusing to recognize same-sex marriage from other states. The court reasoned that the same-sex marriage ban discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation and that sexual orientation meets a standard for... Full Story››