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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Did an Oklahoma district attorney abuse his power by trying to dig up dirt on a prominent criminal justice reform organization and its director?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A ruling by a Florida federal judge earlier this month spelled good news for those who’ve committed felonies and want their right to vote restored. What happens next could have major ramifications in other states grappling with the legacy of felony disenfranchisement.
Federal lawmakers crafting a bill to support ex-inmates starting their own small businesses heard last week from three former prisoners who touted self-employment as a weapon against recidivism, especially for drug offenders, and highlighted obstacles in pursuing education and seed funding.
New York City’s move to close the notorious prison Rikers Island could be an important step in making sure people suffering from mental illnesses, who make up half of America’s incarcerated population of 2.3 million, aren’t lost in the criminal justice system, according to speakers at an event on the problems of mass incarceration.
Advocates for significantly reducing the nation’s prison populations are overlooking the negative impact that releasing large numbers of individuals incarcerated for violent offenses will have on the poor neighborhoods where the ex-convicts will likely live after their release, a fellow with a conservative think tank argued during a recent event in New York.
Advocates have said more states should consider a change to lawyer regulations that would temporarily allow out-of-state attorneys to provide pro bono services to people affected by disaster, but not every jurisdiction is sold on the rule, or its usefulness.
Labaton Sucharow has stepped up to aid Ugandans who were driven from their country because of their sexual orientation and now face a new challenge — obtaining asylum in the United States during the Trump administration.
A new California law allowing those with felony convictions to serve on juries could serve as an inspiration for other states that are considering similar measures, several criminal justice reform advocates say.
At last week’s U.S. Supreme Court arguments over life without parole sentences for juveniles, Justice Brett Kavanaugh repeatedly questioned attorneys for both Virginia and Lee Boyd Malvo, the notorious “D.C. sniper” whose life sentence was up for debate. His vote could be the deciding one.
Class actions are often touted as a powerful mechanism for access to justice, but is this true when there is zero chance of recovery for class members? asks Mary Massaron, a partner at Plunkett Cooney PC and former president of Lawyers for Civil Justice.
Those who perpetrate crimes are guaranteed the right to counsel, but victims of domestic violence and sexual assault are not. With the unanimously passed Pro Bono Work to Empower and Represent Act, I envision an army of lawyers helping break the cycle of abuse, says Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska.
Allegra Nethery, president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel, discusses opportunities for large law firms to make a difference.
Speaking recently to the International Association of Chiefs of Police, President Donald Trump called for stop-and-frisk practices in Chicago to reduce violent crime. But beyond the negative consequences of this approach, data supporting its effectiveness is sparse, say Dr. Tara Lai Quinlan and Northeastern University School of Law professor Deborah Ramirez.
One hundred and fifty years after the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment, lawyers are achieving real victories on the ground with new constitutional theories striking at both inequality and unfair process, says Brandon Garrett of Duke University School of Law.
A recent survey of attorneys across the country found that, despite broad opposition to mandatory pro bono, strong support exists for a number of statewide policies and initiatives to more effectively engage the private bar in pro bono work, says Latonia Haney Keith, associate dean of academics at Concordia University School of Law.