Access to Justice

  • December 15, 2019

    This Global Key To Unlocking Justice Is Reaching More People

    International efforts to increase the number of children registered at birth — which can help a person access courts, banks, schools and more — have paid off in the past decade, though further gains could require capitalizing on technology and existing community programs, according to a new report.

  • December 08, 2019

    As Parole Drives Incarceration, Can NY's Bar Spur Reforms?

    Parole violations like missed meetings and unpaid fees are the reason why an estimated 40% of those in in New York state prison wind up behind bars. Now, the state bar association is calling on the governor and Legislature to address the “woefully high reincarceration rate.”

  • December 08, 2019

    Reform Alliance's CLO On Overhauling Probation And Parole

    Backed by Jay-Z, Meek Mill and Van Jones, the Reform Alliance aims to transform the justice system’s use of community supervision through parole and probation. Law360 caught up with Monique Haughton Worrell, the alliance’s chief legal officer, to learn why change is needed.

  • December 08, 2019

    Appearances Matter If Jurists Want To Talk Justice Reform

    Discipline meted out against a now former judge who slammed Black Lives Matter should serve as a warning that jurists looking to join the conversations around criminal justice reform can all too easily raise questions of bias if they aren’t careful with their comments.

  • December 06, 2019

    US Accused Of Denying Asylum-Seekers Access To Counsel

    Immigrants seeking asylum at the southern border are being wrongfully deprived of legal counsel, according to a new lawsuit filed in D.C. federal court that claims U.S. officials are detaining asylum-seekers in facilities that are effectively "legal black holes."

  • December 06, 2019

    Arrest Records Aren't Fodder For Sentences, 3rd Circ. Says

    Federal judges cannot rely on an arrest record, as opposed to a conviction record, when determining an appropriate sentence, the Third Circuit has ruled in the case of a man sentenced to 85 years in prison for various drug and weapons possession charges.

  • December 01, 2019

    NJ Bail Reform Sees Strides Despite Growing Pains

    Shortly after Robert Bianchi became Morris County, New Jersey's top prosecutor in 2007, and a decade before the state implemented significant bail reforms, he combed through a list of old cases and discovered something troubling.

  • December 01, 2019

    Prosecutors May Hold Key To New Start For Trafficking Victims

    As survivors of human trafficking try to clear their criminal records of related offenses, prosecutors may play a crucial gatekeeping function. They should help streamline the process, not throw up roadblocks, according to a new report.

  • December 01, 2019

    How Dechert Lent Muscle To Man's Forced Confession Claim

    With the aid of Dechert LLP attorneys and the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, Willie Veasy was able to prove something he’d steadfastly maintained during the nearly three decades he spent in prison for murder: his innocence.

  • December 01, 2019

    'Why Is My City Monitoring Me?'

    More and more cities are using automated license plate readers to scan millions of license plates, generating a wave of privacy concerns and calls for more regulations to increase transparency about how the technology is being used.

  • November 21, 2019

    Diversity, Independence Concerns Again Roil NY Court Reform

    The battle lines between supporters and opponents of a sweeping proposal to reform New York's courts continued to harden at a second legislative hearing on Thursday, with concerns over diversity and stripping judges of their independence emerging as the flies in the ointment of an otherwise well received proposal.

  • November 17, 2019

    How Medical Marijuana Can Threaten Access To Public Housing

    Despite the fact that marijuana has been legalized in some form in 22 states, the fact that it remains illegal at the federal level means that marijuana users can lose their place in public housing because of it, forcing some medical marijuana users to choose between their home and their medical treatment.

  • November 17, 2019

    As Legal Aid Attys See Pay Gains, Nonlawyer Peers Struggle

    New York City is facing calls to boost pay for nonlawyer advocates who help provide legal aid services but often need to find second jobs simply to make ends meet.

  • November 17, 2019

    Bart Stichman On Making Sure Veterans Get Their Due

    The co-founder of the National Veterans Legal Services Program opens up about the reasons he’s devoted more than 40 years to fighting for veterans to have access to justice.

  • November 17, 2019

    Military Families March To Court Over Fort Meade's Housing

    Military families in a new suit are accusing a private company of lining its pockets by scaling back maintenance and repairs for properties at Fort Meade and subjecting them to substandard, mold-infested housing in the process.

  • November 15, 2019

    High Court Border Death Case May Curb Suits Against Feds

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s skepticism aimed at a 15-year-old Mexican boy’s parents suing an American border agent for their son’s death could result in a ruling that restricts individuals’ ability to sue federal officers for violating their constitutional rights.

  • November 03, 2019

    DA Accused Of Playing Dirty In Fight Over Justice Reforms

    Did an Oklahoma district attorney abuse his power by trying to dig up dirt on a prominent criminal justice reform organization and its director?

  • November 03, 2019

    Historic Bail Reform Deal Nears OK As Fresh Test May Loom

    A landmark settlement memorializing cash bail reforms in Harris County, Texas, appears to have a clear path to final approval — a move that could inspire other jurisdictions to take up similar changes but also open the door to a new round of litigation, those who have been following the 3-year-old lawsuit say.

  • November 01, 2019

    Congress Eyes New Office For Veterans Courts

    Under a bipartisan bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week, specialized criminal courts for military veterans facing minor charges could get a dedicated office in the U.S. Department of Justice to coordinate grants, training and other assistance — with $25 million expected in new funding.

  • November 03, 2019

    BYU Law, Wilson Sonsini Join Forces To Aid Asylum-Seekers

    As immigration courts face an acute shortage of attorneys, Brigham Young University Law School will be teaming up with Wilson Sonsini and SixFifty, the firm’s technology subsidiary, to develop tools to help those applying for asylum without lawyers to navigate the process successfully.

  • November 03, 2019

    Indiana Justices Start To Clarify When Forfeiture Goes Too Far

    In a civil forfeiture case over an Indiana resident’s Land Rover, the U.S. Supreme Court said in February that states can’t impose excessive fines. Last week, the Indiana Supreme Court outlined a test for determining excessiveness, siding with reformers who say the justice system’s revenue incentives must be reined in.

  • November 03, 2019

    Why Partnerships Can Help Maximize In-House Pro Bono

    In-house lawyers at Chubb Ltd. were eager to tackle pro bono work but knew that going it alone could be a daunting challenge in terms of direction and logistics.

  • November 03, 2019

    David Brown On Fighting To End Transgender, Nonbinary Bias

    As the transgender community both gains more mainstream visibility and faces backlash, the new legal director of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund says the organization is prepared to keep pushing for civil rights and educating the courts and the public.

  • November 01, 2019

    Missing Records Suggest Strained Immigration Courts

    A Syracuse University research center's allegations that a U.S. Department of Justice agency deleted nearly 1 million immigration case records could signal an under-resourced immigration court system overwhelmed by a growing caseload.

  • November 01, 2019

    DOJ Accused Of Wiping Nearly 1 Million Immigration Records

    The U.S. Department of Justice agency that oversees immigration courts has quietly deleted almost a million immigration court records and refused to correct its data, a Syracuse University research center alleged in a Thursday report.

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