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Wednesday, March 15, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Poor tenants to get lawyers provided by NYC in housing disputes »
Mayor de Blasio and the City Council will announce a new initiative Sunday giving low-income tenants in housing court acce...
Tuesday, March 14, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Older judges and vacant seats give Trump huge power to shape American courts »
In the weeks since taking office, President Trump has derided court decisions as “ridiculous” and “disgraceful,”… Read mo...
Tuesday, March 7, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Security is reportedly increased for immigration judges following threats »
Threats against more than one judge involved in legal challenges to President Donald Trump's executive order on immigratio...
Friday, March 3, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Groups begin bailing out strangers to free poor from jail »
Activists who say too many poor people are unfairly languishing in U.S. jails because they can't afford to post cash bail...
Tuesday, February 28, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
New indigent defense lawsuit targets Louisiana Gov. Edwards, state PD board »
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and the board that oversees the state's indigent defense services were named in a class-ac...
Wednesday, February 22, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Trump’s election sparks new interest in pro bono »
Since Donald Trump was elected president… donations have flooded into public interest groups. Read more at The American L...
Monday, February 13, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
With U.S. democracy in crisis, suddenly it’s “Thank God for the Lawyers” »
Our democracy is in crisis. For the first time, the Economist magazine has downgraded the U.S. in its ‘Democracy Index’…...
Wednesday, February 8, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Can states make people pay even when their convictions are overturned? »
...lawyers continually recognize, and often exploit, the ways in which the legal system works against the poor and the out...
Tuesday, January 31, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
New York’s unequal justice for the poor [Editorial] »
New York lawmakers often can’t agree on the time of day… Read more in The New York Times .
Friday, January 27, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Prepare to dig in to preserve legal aid [Op-ed] »
We don’t quite know what to expect from the federal government in the weeks and months ahead in terms of support for civil...
Tuesday, January 24, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
When defendants cannot afford a lawyer, and neither can New Mexico »
When Bennett J. Bauer, New Mexico’s chief public defender took office in April he set out to review the workload of every...
Monday, January 23, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
The Obama legacy: legal aid across government agencies »
Francesca, a mother of two, was struggling to provide for her family. She took $20 worth of clothing from a store—landing...
Wednesday, January 4, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
States and cities take steps to reform ‘dishonest’ bail system »
Retired architect Tom Chudzinski had been travelling the western U.S. in his motor home when he awoke one night to local s...
Tuesday, December 20, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
A floating courthouse takes the rule of law to Brazil’s frontier »
As the riverboat anchored at dawn in Itamatatuba, a far-flung outpost of the Brazilian Amazon, the court clerk rose from h...
Tuesday, December 13, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Utah Lawyers step up to protect Muslim refugees living in state from harassment »
Since Donald Trump was elected president, Muslim refugees in Utah report increased bullying in schools, harassment at work...
Thursday, December 8, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Being poor isn’t a reason to be held in jail [Editorial] »
As New Orleans works to reduce the number of people held in the parish jail, several statistics from a new Court Watch NOL...
Friday, December 2, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Justice Alito: America faces unprecedented challenges to our constitutional structure »
… Justice Samuel Alito Jr. said an unaccountable administrative state and congressional efforts to erode federalism are “u...
Wednesday, November 30, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Why Minn. has mostly managed to keep politics and money out of judicial elections »
From a perch in her darkened kitchen, a woman strikes a serious tone; her eyes are locked on the camera’s lens as she tell...
Tuesday, November 29, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Give lawyers a tax incentive to take on indigent defendants [Op-ed] »
Louisiana's public defenders are handling more than 1,000 felony cases a year, 850 more than the recommended annual load o...
Wednesday, November 16, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Skipping jury duty is a problem in Philadelphia »
Forty-five percent of those who receive a summons in Philadelphia for jury duty disregard it completely… Read more at New...
Monday, October 17, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
ABA Veterans Legal Services Commission »
ABA Veterans Legal Services Commission The American Bar Association has launched a major initiative that will involve...
Thursday, September 29, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
New York bars join to provide better training for domestic violence related issues »
The New York State Bar Association and the state Women's Bar Association are collaborating to provide better legal service...
Friday, September 23, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
This rural Indiana county sends more people to jail than other large cities combined »
Donnie Gaddis picked the wrong county to sell 15 oxycodone pills to an undercover officer. Read more in The New York Times…
Thursday, September 22, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Court costs entrap nonwhite, poor juvenile offenders »
When Dequan Jackson had his only brush with the law, at 13, he tried to do everything right. Read more in The New York Ti...
Friday, September 16, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Access to justice is not a gap, it’s more like a chasm »
Usually, when people outside of the legal profession talk about the legal system being imperfect, it is about a criminal j...
Friday, September 9, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
In immigration courts, children act as their own lawyers pleading for asylum »
After a long, scary trek through three countries to escape the gang violence in El Salvador, a 15-year-old boy found himse...
Wednesday, August 31, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Miranda Warning: No such thing as ‘silencio' »
An estimated 900,000 times a year, law enforcement officers recite some version of the fabled “Miranda warning” to crimina...
Tuesday, August 30, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Sup. Court board: Buckeye lawyers can’t “inhale” or do more… »
Lawyers cannot provide legal services to establish, operate, or help someone do business with a medical marijuana business...
Friday, August 19, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Funding civil legal aid is neither a Democrat or Republican issue »
Although our economy is improving, the experiences of many truly poor people in this country remain very challenging. Rea...

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