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Thursday, August 17, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
The President faces obstacles in bid to re-shape key U.S. courts »
President Donald Trump's effort to reshape influential U.S. courts by stocking them with conservative judges faces at leas...
Tuesday, July 18, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
86% of low-income Americans’ civil legal issues get inadequate or no legal help »
A new report reveals the extent of the “justice gap” experienced by low-income Americans. Read more in the ABA Journal .
Friday, June 30, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Unintended consequences of PACER – Life for ‘snitches’ has become dangerous »
A survey has found close to 700 witnesses and informants have been threatened, wounded or killed over a recent three-year...
Friday, June 23, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
U.S Chamber pushes rule to expose litigation funding »
Pointing to a rise in the use of outside financiers in lawsuits, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is petitioning the federal j...
Tuesday, June 20, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
A top Republican backs a federal legal aid agency the White House is trying to defund »
The Trump administration has proposed getting rid of the Legal Services Corporation … The agency's president… said he's "o...
Friday, June 16, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
The airport lawyers who stood up to Trump are under attack »
The Department of Justice is perverting a rule to shut down immigrant-rights lawyers.   Read more in The Nation .
Friday, June 9, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Should taxpayers sponsor attorneys for undocumented immigrants? »
A handful of cities and states are funding pro-bono legal counsel for deportation proceedings… Read more in The Atlantic .
Friday, June 2, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
How Trump alienated the judiciary »
A ruling against his executive order on sanctuary cities is the latest rebuke dealt to the president by a federal judge....
Friday, May 26, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Trump eyeing second Supreme Court seat »
Talk is already heating up that President Trump could have a chance to appoint a second person to the Supreme Court. Read...
Thursday, May 25, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
How abolishing the death penalty led to more convictions »
The lesson from Victorian England is that juries convict more often when death is not an option. Read more in The Economist.
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...

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