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  • February 25, 2022

    Director Of 9/11 Doc On Lawyers' Alleged Role In Torture

    A new documentary focusing on interrogation techniques used by the CIA on a high-value Saudi prisoner captured in the aftermath of 9/11, Abu Zubaydah, shows how attorneys played a crucial role in authorizing torture.

  • February 25, 2022

    NJ Latest State To Probe Use Of Jailhouse Informants

    Taron Hill served more than 16 years in prison before his conviction was overturned when two jailhouse informants recanted their testimony. 

  • February 25, 2022

    BigLaw Wants To Aid Ukraine Refugees But Searches For How

    A day after Russian forces blitzed Ukraine, sending waves of refugees fleeing the country, major U.S. law firms scrambled Friday to find ways to help.

  • February 25, 2022

    Hogan Lovells Helps Secure Virginia Housing Deal

    Residents of a Norfolk, Virginia, public housing community faced displacement as part of a $30 million redevelopment project, until Hogan Lovells attorneys secured a deal with city officials to ensure those residents can return to the improved neighborhood, or find housing elsewhere in the city.

  • February 24, 2022

    Suffolk County Public Defender Talks Work, TikTok Fame

    An attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County recently found internet fame on TikTok, where he talks about his life, hosts online fundraisers and discourages his more than 720,000 followers from stealing ducks from public parks. He spoke to Law360 about how he balances his social media presence and career, his thoughts on the current criminal justice system, and why he chose to become a public defender.

  • February 16, 2022

    Judge To Review Warrant In Heated Brooklyn Eviction Row

    A state judge on Wednesday agreed to consider whether a recent eviction warrant may have been defective — the latest twist in a yearslong battle over a Brooklyn brownstone that has recently drawn attention from New York's attorney general amid allegations of deed fraud.

  • February 07, 2022

    Meet The Tenant Lawyer On NYC's Planning Commission

    New York City attorney Leah Goodridge talks to Law360 about how her work representing vulnerable tenants informs her new role on the City Planning Commission, voting on plans that transform lots, blocks and whole neighborhoods.

  • February 04, 2022

    Ga. Atty's Quick Thinking Reunites Afghan Orphans With Aunt

    As they adjust to school in metropolitan Atlanta with their adoptive siblings, two orphaned Afghan teenagers become further distanced from the chaotic situation that a Georgia attorney helped them escape from in Kabul.

  • February 04, 2022

    83,000 Afghans Made It To The US. Now They Need Lawyers

    The arrival in the United States of 83,000 displaced Afghans following the military's withdrawal from Afghanistan over the summer has put stress on the already overburdened immigration system and created an access to justice crisis that Congress needs to address, attorneys say.

  • February 06, 2022

    Prosecutors Push For National Reform On Youth Interrogation

    The nonprofit network for prosecutors Fair and Just Prosecution is urging new national standards for youth interrogation to end practices that are believed to be harmful to children and lead to false confessions of minors.

  • February 06, 2022

    Paul Weiss' New Pro Bono Leader Looks To New Challenges

    After a long stint as the Legal Aid Society's head attorney followed by nearly eight years of public service work in New York City, Steven Banks is now helming Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP's pro bono practice. Here, he shares with Law360 his vision for the role.

  • February 04, 2022

    Legal Funder Launches Nonprofit Exoneree Program

    A New York-based litigation funder has launched what it's calling a "social justice" first for the industry — a nonprofit financing program for criminal exonerees.

  • February 03, 2022

    NYC Housing Authority Says 31,000 Eviction Cases Dropped

    New York City's public housing authority, the country's largest, said Thursday that it has discontinued more than 31,000 eviction cases against its residents over the past 11 months, wiping out 90% of nonpayment cases that were pending in March 2021.

  • February 03, 2022

    148 Groups Ask Biden To Fund $50M For Migrant Atty Access

    A group of 148 organizations supporting immigrant and civil rights sent a letter to President Joe Biden and congressional leaders urging them to allocate at least $50 million to provide "immediate and dramatic" expansion of legal representation for people facing immigration proceedings.

  • January 27, 2022

    Chief Cook Co. Chancery Judge Retiring After 31 Years

    Cook County Judge Moshe Jacobius, who is retiring after 31 years on the bench and leads the chancery division, recounts how he innovated the court's foreclosure mediation program to help homeowners during the great recession and launched a prescient pilot program for remote hearings the year before the pandemic hit.

  • January 25, 2022

    MacArthur Justice Center Taps Veteran Litigator As Director

    The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center has elevated a civil rights litigator with experience arguing high-stake cases to executive director, the nonprofit said Tuesday.

  • January 21, 2022

    4 Takeaways From Civil Rights Commission's Cash Bail Study

    Pretrial detention in the United States has seen explosive growth since 1970, with disparities in race and gender, as well as noted negative effects to a massive population not yet convicted of a crime, according to a report released Thursday from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

  • January 21, 2022

    Public Defender Shortages In West Are Nationwide Norm

    The American Bar Association and consulting firm Moss Adams LLP released two reports in January on public defender shortages in New Mexico and Oregon, and legal experts say that these shortages have been the norm for years in states across the U.S.

  • January 21, 2022

    Simpson Thacher Scores Pro Bono Win In Miss. Mosque Case

    When two longtime Mississippi residents, Riyadh Elkhayyat and Maher Abuirshaid, sought to build a mosque in a suburb in the north of the state, they were met with hostility.

  • January 23, 2022

    Why NY's 'Poster Child For Clemency' Is Still Behind Bars

    The new year brought a familiar sense of disappointment for Bruce Bryant, as he sat in his cell in Sing Sing Correctional Facility and discovered he had once again been overlooked for clemency.

  • January 21, 2022

    A Dire Court Reporter Shortage? Depends On Who You Ask

    The nationwide court reporter shortage has drummed up a contentious debate in the legal industry over how big a problem it is.

  • January 20, 2022

    NY Court Directives Extend Eviction Default Buffer

    A state law that kept most evictions at bay during the coronavirus pandemic has expired, but new court directives maintain a procedural buffer to help New York City tenants match with a lawyer and mount defenses.

  • January 19, 2022

    Justices Wary Of Courts' Wide Discretion In Resentencing

    Supreme Court justices on Wednesday expressed discomfort with giving federal district courts the power to reject updated sentencing guidelines and mitigating circumstances when considering shortening defendants' sentences.

  • January 11, 2022

    What Pandemic Law's End Could Mean For NY Housing Courts

    A New York law that has kept residential evictions largely at bay is poised to expire over the weekend, and attorneys are strategizing on how to best advise tenants and landlords assuming stays on thousands of pending cases lift in a matter of days.

  • January 09, 2022

    At 1-Year Mark, Groups Discontent With Biden Justice Reform

    President Joe Biden campaigned on making criminal justice reform a top priority in his presidency, but one year into his administration, those plans have been sidelined by other issues, leaving advocacy leaders dissatisfied with the president's reform progress.

Expert Analysis

  • Minn. Should Consider Another Charge In George Floyd Case

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    The Minnesota prosecutors who have charged Derek Chauvin with felony murder for the death of George Floyd are running the risk that the case will be dismissed on solid but esoteric grounds — while ignoring a different murder charge that would stand up to legal scrutiny, says Kyron Huigens at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

  • US Has A Legal Obligation To Provide Reparations For Slavery

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    The United States can no longer foreclose the possibility of recompense for African American victims of its legacy of racism while maintaining its international leadership on such issues as human rights and respect for the rule of law, say Arif Ali and David Attanasio at Dechert and Camilo Sanchez at the University of Virginia School of Law.

  • How We Can Equip Our Future Lawyers To Confront Injustice

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    Law professors must fill gaps in the U.S. legal curriculum by teaching cases and legal theories that can help students understand how the legal system and institutional structures perpetuate inequalities, says Jocelyn Getgen Kestenbaum at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

  • NY Ethics Rule Change Is Good News For Public Interest Attys

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    Lawyers have always bumped up against a professional conduct rule that prevents them from providing financial help to low-income clients, but New York's pandemic-prompted exception to the rule is a positive step toward mitigating the many hidden expenses that separate rich and poor litigants, say Sateesh Nori and Anita Desai at the Legal Aid Society.

  • History Tells Us Black Americans Need Better Legal Protection

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    Eliminating the legacy of slavery will not be the work of a day or a year, but there are concrete measures Congress can and should take immediately to extend the protection of the law to all Americans, says Jeff Powell at Duke University School of Law.

  • Okla. Offers Glimpse Of Eviction Challenges Amid Pandemic

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    Even in a small state such as Oklahoma, one of the first to reopen amid the pandemic, courthouses are facing the herculean challenge of conducting an escalating number of eviction cases under great restrictions — and it will be worse in larger states, says Keri Norris at LegalShield.

  • Police Reform Should Curtail, Not Codify, Qualified Immunity

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    The Justice in Policing Act passed by the House last week and intended to roll back qualified immunity protections for police officers is not perfect, but it is progress compared to the failed Reforming Qualified Immunity Act that would have clandestinely strengthened the barriers shielding officers from liability, says Edward Ibeh at Akerman.

  • How Attys Can Help As Addiction Cases Rise Post-Pandemic

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    The increase in alcohol and drug consumption during the pandemic is predicted to result in an influx of legal cases, but attorneys can establish a solid defense by ensuring their clients begin the journey to recovery, says Sue Bright at New Directions for Women.

  • We Must Do Better Than Hasty Police Reforms

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    Lawmakers are racing to enact police legislation in response to the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, but this once-in-a-generation opportunity cannot be squandered by hastily drafted bills and rushed changes, says Marisa Darden at Squire Patton.

  • Unfairness In Prisoner Litigation Is Baked Into Statute

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    Inmate litigants have a new hurdle to clear because of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision this month in Lomax v. Ortiz-Marquez, but the court merely did as Congress said in the Prison Litigation Reform Act, says David Shapiro at the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center.

  • Police Reform Must Also Address Federal Law Enforcement

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    The recently introduced Justice in Policing Act is an important step against police brutality, but without express accountability for federal agents, the bill fails to address a gaping hole in the law, says Cori Alonso-Yoder at the American University Washington College of Law.

  • Extended State Foster Care Is A Necessity During COVID-19

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    Foster children turning 18 in the midst of the pandemic are extremely vulnerable to homelessness and exploitation, so states have an obligation to issue moratoriums on discharging young adults from their care, says Alexandra Dufresne at Zurich University.

  • 'Unauthorized Practice Of Law' Rules Promote Racial Injustice

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    By prohibiting nonlawyer professionals from providing meaningful legal assistance, state rules on unauthorized practice of law guarantee that black Americans don't have equal opportunities and rights under the law, and every state supreme court and bar association has the duty to reform them, says Rohan Pavuluri at Upsolve.

  • COVID-19 Crisis Brings Opportunity To Improve Legal Aid

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    The legal community must figure out how to use the adaptations necessitated by the pandemic to permanently improve the legal services delivery model and narrow the justice gap, says Rebecca Rapp at Ascendium Education Group.

  • Illinois Must Do More To Protect Consumers In Debt

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    A recent Illinois Supreme Court order limiting debt collectors' ability to freeze personal bank accounts during the pandemic is progress, but it does not solve the underlying issue that debt courts are rigged against low-income people, says Ashlee Highland at CARPLS Legal Aid.

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