The American Bar Association is combining forces with Columbia Law School and the Clooney Foundation for Justice to monitor trials that pose a high risk of human rights violations, part of an effort to promote greater transparency in courtrooms around the world.
The initial meeting between an attorney and a criminal client who is "tired, hungry, confused, distrusting and frustrated" from arrest and imprisonment can be fraught, but what if you also include a mention that the room where the defendant is supposed to spill his or her guts is outfitted with a video camera?
The argument that courts must probe potential jurors for bias against immigrants or those who don't speak English was met with some skepticism Thursday by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, as several justices seemed concerned about the implications of imposing a blanket requirement.
Fax machine trouble, unexplained delays and unresponsive clerks at payment windows are just some of the issues that community members pressed the New York City Department of Correction to address at a contentious meeting over its compliance with local laws.
George Koharchik had a reputation as his Johnstown, Pennsylvania, parish's "favorite priest" when Shaun Dougherty met him in 1980 at the age of 10, and the time they spent together started out innocently enough.
They say a picture’s worth a thousand words; in the case of Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, two pictures were worth a conviction and seven years in a Myanmar jail cell.
The New York City Bar Association is calling on state lawmakers to end a requirement that people convicted of a crime pay various court fees, saying in a new report that the fines function as a "regressive tax" that disproportionately harms low-income offenders, including those convicted of nonviolent misdemeanors.
Facing a court date in Massachusetts over a potential eviction, Erin O'Leary knew she couldn't bring her cellphone. Her daughter had recently been forced to stash her own phone in bushes outside the courthouse after security barred her from taking it inside, even though she didn't have a car.
The ability of criminal defendants who don't speak English to screen potential jurors for anti-immigrant bias will come before Massachusetts' top appeals court on Thursday, though procedural issues in the case may muddle what advocates see as a chance to bolster protections for those who need an interpreter in court.
Can a state seize your car if you're caught speeding, and does it matter if that car is a Bugatti or a beat-up old clunker? The U.S. Supreme Court asked these questions and more in a case that could have huge ramifications for America's booming fines and fees industry.
Steptoe & Johnson LLP has tapped a former Dechert LLP attorney to oversee the firm’s volunteer legal work, adding a pro bono veteran with a deep background in public interest issues including immigration law, veterans benefits and homelessness.
After three decades as an in-house attorney for GlaxoSmithKline, Donald Paman was no stranger to complex legal work, but the job hadn’t exactly prepared him for this: a 90-year-old widow fighting to stay in her West Philadelphia home after falling behind on a loan she and her late husband had taken out to repair a leaky roof.
Jacqueline Franchetti was going through a contentious custody battle for her 2-year-old daughter with Roy Eugene Rumsey, who she said was abusive and suicidal.
A program that pools the interest that attorneys earn on some money temporarily held for clients was once called “a blank check for the public good,” but declining interest rates following the 2008 recession have meant difficult choices for the legal aid organizations the program funds.
With California looking to ease the way for in-house attorneys to donate legal services, access to justice advocates hope rule changes in the largest U.S. legal market will put momentum behind similar reforms in other states with heavy concentrations of corporate legal teams.
A convicted drug dealer's fight to recover his seized Land Rover will allow the U.S. Supreme Court to wrestle with a boom in property and cash taken through state civil forfeiture actions that some advocates say is hobbling people with criminal records as they try to move on with their lives.
Having served as a public defender for 35 years, Robin Steinberg knows a thing or two about the effect cash bail can have on criminal defendants. Law360 talks with Steinberg about how she launched the country's first national revolving bail fund, and what the bail reform movement needs going forward.
A lawsuit challenging the cash bail system in Harris County, Texas, is at an unusual crossroads after 14 Republican municipal court judges named as defendants in the suit — all of whom opposed reforms — were voted out of office this month, a move that likely spells big changes for alleged offenders stuck behind bars because they can't pay their way out.
On Election Day, Ohio voters resoundingly rejected major drug sentencing reforms. While the constitutional amendment failed, some of the measure's biggest opponents have already come forward with their own reform proposal, repackaging some of the referendum's key ideas into legislation instead.
A new program in Charlotte, North Carolina, to help low-income residents with potentially crippling legal problems is mobilizing attorneys from not only BigLaw but also corporate legal departments, including the top lawyer for one of the world's largest financial institutions.
On Election Day, Louisiana voters ended the state’s practice of allowing non-unanimous jury verdicts in felony trials. The referendum left Oregon as the only state in America that will send a defendant to prison on a split jury, but that could soon change.
New York lawmakers are poised to revamp the state's bail system in 2019, and while the circumstances are ripe for ending the state's cash-based system, eliminating unnecessary incarcerations will require examining where other reform-minded states may have gone wrong, according to a recent panel of experts and activists.
President Donald Trump's formal backing of a bipartisan criminal justice overhaul still leaves reformers facing major challenges to get the bill passed, including a tight congressional calendar and conservatives who say the changes would endanger public safety.
Marya Noyes left her job at Zillow in 2014 looking to make a difference. Law school was too expensive, but she eventually discovered a program in her home state of Washington that would allow her to practice law in a limited capacity — and help people who couldn't afford an attorney.
A report released last week by the Philadelphia Bar Association found that the city could save millions by providing representation to low-income tenants at risk of eviction. New York City has already taken that step — could the City of Brotherly Love be next?