Access to Justice

  • January 09, 2022

    LAPD Case Sheds Light On Agencies' Social Media Monitoring

    Federal and local law enforcement agencies have long collected information from social media for a variety of purposes, but those practices have intensified in recent years, legal experts say. With the pro bono help of attorneys, public interest groups are now bringing some of those practices into the public view.

  • January 09, 2022

    Winston & Strawn Pro Bono Leader On Plans For 2022

    Winston & Strawn LLP has been in the thick of pro bono legal battles over COVID-19 in the last year. Here, the firm's senior pro bono counsel, Greg McConnell, tells Law360 about what's on his team's radar for the year to come.

  • January 09, 2022

    Jones Day Crafts Guide For Child Image Exploitation Cases

    In an effort to help attorneys represent victims of child sexual abuse whose images were distributed online, Jones Day attorneys helped craft a 400-page manual on behalf of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

  • January 07, 2022

    Calif. Lawmakers To Consider Bill To Expand Jury Pools

    The California Senate Judiciary Committee on Jan. 12 will consider a proposed bill that would enable federal courts to use state tax filings to summon jurors, in an effort to diversify jury pools.

  • January 06, 2022

    NY Agency Ordered To Reopen Pandemic Rental Aid Portal

    A New York agency tasked with distributing federal rental aid must again accept applications across much of the state, a judge ordered Thursday, reinstating one significant pandemic-era eviction safeguard shortly before another is set to expire.

  • January 04, 2022

    NY To Receive Fraction Of $1B Rent Aid Request, Court Told

    New York will receive a small portion of the nearly $1 billion in additional funding it has sought from the U.S. Treasury Department to cover coronavirus rent arrears, intended to fulfill thousands of pending requests to aid struggling tenants and landlords.

  • December 19, 2021

    What To Watch In State Criminal Justice Reform In 2022

    While criminal justice reform has been slow at the federal level in 2021, some states have passed major reforms like eliminating money bail and reducing lengthy prison sentences that can be legislative templates for other states in 2022.

  • December 17, 2021

    5 Matters That Shaped Access To Justice In 2021

    This year was an eventful one for access to justice in the United States. An eviction crisis and extreme weather events engulfed the nation. Voting restrictions and gerrymandering spurred a wave of lawsuits. And a chaotic end to America's longest war created a sudden refugee crisis. Meanwhile, the legalization of cannabis in several states created new opportunities.

  • December 19, 2021

    Arnold & Porter Gets Spiritual Adviser For Death Row Inmate

    Last month, Arnold & Porter attorneys helped secure an agreement and case dismissal that would allow Charles Burton Jr., an Alabama death row inmate and a Muslim, to be accompanied by his imam during his eventual execution.

  • December 19, 2021

    Inside Ex-Prosecutor's Suit Alleging Honesty Cost Him Job

    Court battles are coming to a head for Chris Ross, who says his refusal to look the other way on evidence exonerating a murder suspect wrecked his career as a prosecutor in California. While Riverside County contends his exit stemmed from concerns about his health, the man Ross helped free has seized on the allegations of prosecutorial misconduct as part of his own legal fight.

  • December 19, 2021

    National Homeless Law Center Chief On Hurdles, 2022 Goals

    As the National Homelessness Law Center’s recently hired executive director, Antonia Fasanelli has been at the forefront of tackling issues tied with the growing national homeless rate. Here, she talks with Law360 about her top projects and the criminalization of homelessness.

  • December 19, 2021

    Reforming Elections In NY: What Legal Experts Say

    In New York state, voters have put up with plenty of mishaps in recent elections: hourslong waits at early voting sites; polling locations unreachable by public transportation; and a contested congressional race that dragged on for more than three months before being settled by a judge.

  • December 15, 2021

    Plaintiffs Attys In Limbo, With Jury Trials 'Impossible' In NY

    New York plaintiffs attorneys tell Law360 that between social distancing orders and limited courtroom space, they are no closer to getting a trial date than they were a year ago — and the delays are jeopardizing their livelihoods, their clients' prospects and the fairness of the system of justice.

  • December 13, 2021

    Prestige Leaders: A Look At Our New Law Firm Ranking

    Join Law360 Pulse as we embark on our brand new project examining what makes law firms successful, turning this time to our prestige leaders — award-winning firms whose reputations precede them, thanks to their profitability, popularity among summer associates and visibility in legal news.

  • December 05, 2021

    Alston & Bird Help Toss Non-Unanimous Louisiana Conviction

    A Louisiana man spent nearly four decades in prison after a non-unanimous jury convicted him after 26-minute deliberations. When the Supreme Court ruled such verdicts were unconstitutional in 2019, Alston & Bird attorneys helped him get his conviction overturned.

  • December 05, 2021

    Biden's Inaction Keeps Justice Reform Group Sidelined

    President Joe Biden, almost one year in office, has yet to nominate new commissioners for the federal government's solo independent criminal justice agency — keeping a potentially key player in justice reform on the sidelines, according to legal experts.

  • December 03, 2021

    Right To A Fair Trial Could Hinge On This High Court Ruling

    The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case this week that could redefine how claims of ineffective trial counsel in state courts are heard on appeal in federal courts. A ruling could potentially open — or slam shut — the door for many who argue they did not get a fair trial.

  • December 05, 2021

    How Lawyers Are Mobilizing To Protect The Vote

    Law firm attorneys have come out in defense of voting rights like never before. Law360 takes a look at some of the cases they've gotten involved in.

  • December 03, 2021

    EOIR's Juvenile Stats Unusable, Immigration Data Center Says

    One of the country's most prominent data centers for collecting and analyzing immigration statistics will no longer track the number of minors with cases before the Executive Office for Immigration Review, saying the agency's data has too many deficiencies.

  • December 03, 2021

    Gerrymandering Suits Pile Up As States Finalize New Maps

    The decennial redrawing of congressional and legislative boundaries has all the signs of engendering a decade full of court battles that could help determine which party controls the House of Representatives and various statehouses, as well as how fairly represented certain communities may be in their respective states.

  • December 01, 2021

    Courts' COVID-Fueled Tech May Hinder Those Without Attys

    While courts' rapid adoption of new technology helped keep the civil legal system functioning during the COVID-19 pandemic, those tools sometimes made courts harder to navigate for those without attorneys, according to a study released Wednesday.

  • November 14, 2021

    COVID-19's Impact On Businesses Fuels ADA Reform Debate

    As business owners nationwide struggle to weather the pandemic, thousands have been hit with lawsuits alleging failure to comply with the accessibility standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act, prompting renewed calls for reforms to protect inadvertently noncompliant business owners from litigation.

  • November 14, 2021

    Selendy & Gay Leader Helps 400 Girls Flee Afghanistan

    Selendy & Gay co-founder and managing partner Jennifer Selendy helped more than 400 high school girls flee Afghanistan in October after the Taliban retook control of the country as U.S. troops were withdrawing from the region.

  • November 14, 2021

    Military's Handling Of Sex Crimes Failed Victims, Report Finds

    The U.S. armed services failed to consistently assign certified lead investigators and special prosecutors to sexual assault and domestic violence cases for two years, according to a recent watchdog report released at a time when lawmakers are pushing to make significant changes to the military justice system.

  • November 14, 2021

    Competing Bills Seek To Decriminalize Sex Work In NY

    In New York, selling or buying sex is illegal. That might change in the near future. Two separate bills currently making their way through the state Legislature — the Stop the Violence in the Sex Trades Act and the Sex Trade Survivors Justice and Equality Act — aim to decriminalize sex work, although with significant differences.

Expert Analysis

  • The Case Against Solitary Confinement During Pandemic

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    Prisons and corrections systems must ensure that medical isolation during the pandemic does not devolve into prolonged solitary confinement that unduly burdens the individual liberty of people behind bars, says Marc Levin at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

  • Coping With A Pandemic: McCarter & English's Abdul Rehman

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    As society continues to adapt to COVID-19, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Newark-based Abdul Rehman Khan, pro bono fellow for the city of Newark at McCarter & English.

  • Legal Aid Needs Law Firm Support Now More Than Ever

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    With the need for pro bono services expected at unprecedented levels in the wake of the pandemic, and funding sources for legal aid organizations under severe stress, law firm leaders need to take measures to fill the gap, says Jeffrey Stone, chairman emeritus at McDermott.

  • Coping With A Pandemic: Cleveland Legal Aid's Colleen Cotter

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    As society continues to adapt to COVID-19, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Colleen Cotter, executive director at The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.

  • Problems With Tolling The Speedy Trial Act During Pandemic

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    A plethora of federal courts have responded to social distancing requirements by entering blanket orders tolling compliance with Speedy Trial Act deadlines, but because there is no case-by-case analysis of their need and other factors, the orders raise questions about whether such tolling efforts are valid, say attorneys at Winston & Strawn.

  • Guantanamo 9/11 Trial Is A Failure

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    The Guantanamo military commissions — seemingly a contrived attempt to avoid federal criminal court and thereby insulate the CIA from the legal implications of its torture program — appear fatally flawed, so Congress should have the 9/11 defendants tried in civilian criminal court, says Patrick Doherty at Ropes & Gray.

  • Data Is Key To Stopping COVID-19 Spread In Prisons

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    There is an urgent need for state and county officials to publicly share accurate data about COVID-19 testing, infections and deaths in jails and prisons, so that effective, life-saving changes can be made to the criminal justice system, say criminologists Oren Gur, Jacob Kaplan and Aaron Littman.

  • A Proposal For Efficient Post-Pandemic Justice In New York

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    The litigation backlog in state courts due to COVID-19 will make swift, orderly and fair resolution of disputes almost certainly impossible, but thankfully in New York, there are three nontraditional avenues to justice that can inform a post-pandemic emergency tribunal, says Joseph Gallagher at Harris St. Laurent.

  • Downturn An Opportunity For Law Firms To Boost Pro Bono

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    While now hardly seems like the time for law firms to be volunteering their attorneys’ services, it is the right thing to do and a sensible investment that would likely not be made at any other time, says Martin Pritikin, dean of Concord Law School.

  • Inmate Release Exhaustion Rule Should Be Waived For COVID

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    The issue at the forefront of many compassionate release applications during the pandemic has been whether federal courts must wait 30 days before they can rule on them due to the statutory administrative exhaustion requirement, and those 30 days could become a matter of life or death, says Jolene LaVigne-Albert at Schlam Stone.

  • COVID-19 Highlights Access Injustice In Personal Bankruptcy

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    In the age of enforced social distancing, the limits on access to electronic filing means bankruptcy is paradoxically only available to those individuals who can afford it, says Rohan Pavuluri at Upsolve.

  • Coping With A Pandemic: Pine Tree's Nan Heald

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    With distancing and isolation the new norm amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Maine-based Nan Heald, executive director at Pine Tree Legal Assistance.

  • Social Distancing And Right To Jury Trial Must Be Reconciled

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    It would seem almost obvious to conclude that the internet and proposed e-courtroom venues may be best suited to promote social distancing while ensuring the uninterrupted constitutional right to a trial by jury, but numerous questions exist, say Justin Sarno and Jayme Long at Dentons.

  • Tips For Prisoner Release Requests During Pandemic

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    The 70 compassionate release rulings issued by federal courts in the past three weeks suggest that the chances of securing release from prison premised on COVID-19 are boosted significantly where the defendant is able to accomplish one or more of three goals, say attorneys at Waller.

  • States Must Toll Court Deadlines To Ensure Access To Justice

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    There are several reasons why a state should consider temporarily lifting statutes of limitations during this pandemic, including protecting the rights of litigants who are vulnerable, say Adam Mendel and Rayna Kessler at Robins Kaplan.

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