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Tuesday, May 23, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Inside New Orleans’ public defenders decision to refuse felony cases »
How do 50 lawyers handle 22,000 cases? They can’t. New Orleans public defenders say the criminal justice system needs urge...
Friday, May 19, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
GOP bill would make medical malpractice suits harder to win »
Low-income people and older Americans would find it more difficult to win lawsuits for injuries caused by medical malpract...
Tuesday, May 16, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Judges’ deaths highlight vulnerability in judicial security »
The death of a judge in Chicago… and other tragedies over the years highlight one ever-present risk for those on the bench...
Monday, May 8, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Is White House taking a risk by snubbing ABA’s evaluation of judicial nominees? »
The Trump administration may miss out on crucial information about future judicial nominees by cutting the American Bar As...
Wednesday, May 3, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Calif. CJ blasts immigration crackdown, says rule of law ‘being challenged’ »
Tani Cantil-Sakauye, California’s chief justice, is fast emerging as one of the Trump administration’s most vocal critics...
Wednesday, April 26, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Calif. chief justice asks ICE to quit ‘stalking’ courthouses »
The chief justice of the California Supreme Court is calling on federal immigration officials to stop "stalking undocument...
Tuesday, April 18, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
‘I’ll criticize judges,’ Trump says, hours after a scolding for doing just that »
Not even a public scolding from Judge Neil M. Gorsuch could get President Trump to stop bashing federal judges. Read more...
Monday, April 17, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
The Legal Services Corporation, under Trump, faces new threat to existence »
The Legal Services Corp., created in 1974 under the signature of President Richard Nixon, is once again on the chopping bl...
Friday, April 14, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
How America’s courts can keep the government in check »
The judiciary’s power to strike down laws and executive actions as unconstitutional dates from 1803. Read more in The Eco...
Thursday, April 13, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Oklahomans voted to make the state’s criminal justice system less barbaric »
In November, Oklahomans voted overwhelmingly to reform their bogged-down criminal justice system. Read more in Slate .
Thursday, April 6, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Mexico opens deportation centres to fight US deportation »
Mexico has opened legal aid centres at consulates in 50 US cities, in a move designed to protect its citizens from tougher...
Wednesday, April 5, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Your child’s been sent to jail. And then comes the bill. »
In dozens of one-on-one meetings every week, a lawyer retained by the city of Philadelphia summons parents whose children...
Thursday, March 16, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
IBA lashes Trump for undermining US judiciary and rule of law »
The IBA has publicly called on President Donald Trump to stop undermining the United States judiciary – and consequently t...
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...

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