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Some are wildly successful. Others can badly hurt a case. Their very existence is a symptom of what experts say is a lack of access to justice for one of the most underserved populations: the millions of people already locked within the justice system itself.
If we wait to take action until we identify all the reasons civil jury trials are in decline, trials might disappear altogether. Let's address the causes we've already identified using these important jury innovations, says Stephen Susman, executive director of the Civil Jury Project at NYU School of Law.
Paved with suspensions and expulsions, there’s a route from education to incarceration known as the “school to prison pipeline” that disproportionately affects students of color, those with disabilities and other minority groups across the country.
Some 1,400 Iraqis were arrested in immigration sweeps across the U.S. in 2017 based on a purported deal with their former homeland. However, discovery work by Miller Canfield attorneys gave their clients a key opening to fight deportation.
Fifteen years into a life sentence for a murder, Cyntoia Brown will walk out of prison thanks to a commuted sentence, but experts say her victory underscores the fact that there are many others with similar cases that have not attracted the same attention, or achieved the same result.