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News Story (NATIONAL)

250+ General Counsel Ask Congress to Boost Federal Funding for Legal Services Corp.

May 29, 2019 | Law.com
More than 250 general counsel are asking Congress to increase federal funding for Legal Services Corp. as the Trump administration seeks to completely cut funding for the group, which offers legal aid to low-income Americans.
Tags: Funding: Federal
News Story (Virginia)

New Program Provides Tenants With Attorney In Eviction Court

May 14, 2019 | Community Idea Stations
Richmond tenants who are in court for housing-related issues now have an attorney dedicated to helping them resolve their cases.
Tags: Housing: Eviction
News Story (California)

The Parent Defender Model Heads West

May 13, 2019 | Chronicle of Social Change (CA)
In September 2018, Patten and Aleguire launched East Bay Family Defenders with a team of 10 attorneys, a social worker and a peer advocate. It is the dream of two lawyers who came from the East Coast, trained to surround vulnerable parents with a needed support system.
Tags: Child Welfare
Op-Ed (New York)

Bill would protect tenants’ rights

May 13, 2019 | Staten Island Live (SILive.com)
The “Good Cause Eviction” (S2892/A5030) bill currently before the New York State Legislature is designed to even out the playing field and extend tenant protections to an additional 24,000 apartments in Staten Island.
Tags: Housing: Eviction
News Story (Connecticut)

Former Study Housekeeper Alleges Workplace Discrimination

May 13, 2019 | New Haven Independent
A former housekeeper at a Chapel Street hotel has filed two anti-discrimination complaints against her old employer for allegedly firing her for speaking out about years of workplace prejudice against Mexican employees.
Tags: Workplace Discrimination
News Story (New York)

Inside the fight to revamp Right to Counsel

May 13, 2019 | The Real Deal
The city’s controversial housing law is working for both landlords and tenants, but some issues still need to be straightened out.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction
News Story (Alaska)

Legal Aid Groups Think Bold To Fill Rural Gaps

May 12, 2019 | Law360
"It became very clear that if we could work with our health care providers, we could have a much stronger footprint," Nelson said.
Tags: Justice for All | Rural
News Story (NATIONAL)

Fact-checking the Trump administration’s immigration fact sheet

May 10, 2019 | Washington Post
“Having a lawyer makes a huge difference across the immigration court system,” Reichlin-Melnick wrote in a Twitter thread analyzing the “myths vs. facts” document.
Tags: Immigration
News Story (Washington)

Inslee signs bill overhauling eviction rules in Washington

May 10, 2019 | Associated Press (AP)
Landlords must give tenants who are behind on their rent at least 14 days to pay, rather than three.
Tags: Housing: Landlord-Tenant
News Story (Pennsylvania)

Philly renters guaranteed lawyers in eviction court under new City Council bill

May 9, 2019 | WHYY (PA)
If Philadelphia Councilwoman Helen Gym has her way, many more renters facing eviction will be represented by a lawyer when they have their day in court.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction
News Story (Texas)

ICE is denying migrants rightful access to lawyers, legal group says

May 9, 2019 | USA Today
Lawyers with the nonprofit Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, or RAICES, said policy changes at the Karnes County, Texas, center run counter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement standards and improperly deny migrants legal services.
Tags: Deportation
News Story (New York)

Lawmakers Begin Formal Consideration of Moves to Bolster Rent Regs

May 3, 2019 | City Limits
A Manhattan hearing room for the State Assembly Committee on Housing was crowded with real estate groups, city officials housing advocates Thursday for contentious testimonies about major capital improvements, individual apartment improvements and “good cause” eviction legislation among other rent regulation issues due for a vote in Albany this June.
Tags: Housing
News Story (Texas)

Local lawyers helping Texans prepare for hurricane season

May 2, 2019 | CBS 4 (KGBT-TV) (Rio Grande Valley)
In preparation for the start of the 2019 hurricane season, Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid (TRLA) is hosting nearly a dozen disaster-preparedness sessions for community members in the flood-prone Coastal Bend, Golden Crescent and Rio Grande Valley regions.
Tags: Natural Disasters
News Story (New York)

Brooklyn tenants sue landlord, allege harassment, no heat and illegal Airbnb rentals

April 30, 2019 | New York Daily News
Ten tenants in three rent-regulated Brooklyn apartment buildings are suing their landlords with the help of Brooklyn Legal Services over "degrading" conditions.
Tags: Housing: Landlord-Tenant
News Story (Texas)

Cornyn meets with Texas Access to Justice Commission, vows to fight for funding for Legal Services Corporation

April 30, 2019 | SE Texas Record
On April 10, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) met with a group from the Texas Access of Justice Commission in order to discuss future funding for the Legal Services Corporation.
Tags: Funding: Federal
News Story (New York)

DOE Failed To Protect Students From Sexual Assaults, Lawsuit Alleges

April 30, 2019 | WNYC (NY)
A new lawsuit filed this week accuses the NYC Department of Education of failing to protect students against sexual assaults, file official complaints, conduct proper investigations, and support survivors dealing with trauma.
Tags: Sexual Assault | Title IX
News Story (Virginia)

Fairfax moves toward more affordable housing, pay raises with new budget

April 30, 2019 | Washington Post
But they passionately debated one of the smaller spending decisions: a $200,000 legal-aid pilot program to help immigrants facing deportation proceedings.
Tags: Immigration
Feature (North Carolina)

People With Disabilities Hit Hardest By Storms, Say Advocates

April 30, 2019 | WUNC (Chapel Hill)
In a disaster, children and adults with disabilities are two to four times more likely to be injured or die.
Tags: Disability Rights | Natural Disasters
News Story (NATIONAL)

General Counsel Request More Funding for Legal Services Corp.

April 29, 2019 | Bloomberg
This is the third year in a row that the Trump administration has threatened to defund LSC, the nation’s single largest sponsor of civil legal aid, despite bipartisan support for the group.
Tags: Funding: Federal
News Story (Wisconsin)

Wisconsin attorneys grant legal aid to immigrants along the border and within the state

April 28, 2019 | The Daily Cardinal (Madison, WI)
While the Constitution grants a right to an attorney, this only applies to criminal cases. Since deportation is a civil case, only those able to find their own attorney are represented in court.
Tags: Deportation | Immigration Process
Investigative (NATIONAL)

Natural Disasters Are Getting Worse. People with the Least Power Are Most at Risk.

April 25, 2019 | Center for Public Integrity
“I don’t really think we’ve learned our lesson,” said Debra Wray Furrh, advocacy director for Lone Star Legal Aid in Texas. “We keep seeing the same results over and over and over.”
Tags: Natural Disasters
Op-Ed (New York)

Does NY’s Legal System Provide Justice to Sexual Assault Survivors?

April 23, 2019 | New York Law Journal
Justice can seem elusive for survivors when our legal system and all its players do not reflect an understanding of trauma.
Tags: Sexual Assault
Editorial (California)

L.A. renters deserve a ‘right to counsel’ for evictions

April 23, 2019 | Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
Here’s one way to help ease Los Angeles’ homeless crisis: Give poor, vulnerable tenants lawyers to help them fight unjust evictions. Why? Because it’s often easier, cheaper and more humane to help people stay in their homes than it is to get them back on their feet after they have become homeless.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel
Interview (NATIONAL)

Legal Aid Vet Bergmark Dishes On Rising Up For Civil Justice

April 21, 2019 | Law360
Last month, Voices launched All Rise for Civil Justice, a platform providing stories of people about the people enmeshed in the world of bankruptcy, debt-collection, divorce, tenant-landlord disagreements, child custody battles, benefits challenges and more.
Tags: Access to Justice
Editorial (California)

Better access to legal representation is crucial — even in civil cases

April 20, 2019 | Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
Providing lawyers to more civil litigants should be a priority — in order to make the justice system as fair as we expect it to be.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel
News Story (New York)

New City Council Bill Aims To Educate Low-Income Tenants About Right To Counsel Law

April 19, 2019 | Gothamist (NYC)
In 2017, New York became the first city in the nation to adopt the right-to-counsel law. But advocates say that most low-income tenants still do not know that they are entitled to a lawyer during eviction cases.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction
News Story (New York)

Syracuse Is Finding Ways to Prevent Evictions

April 18, 2019 | NextCity.org
Syracuse has begun experimenting with an eviction-prevention program that aims to stop tenants from having to go to court in the first place.
Tags: Housing: Eviction
News Story (Massachusetts)

Nonprofit law firm receives $90,000 grant to assist veterans

April 18, 2019 | Daily Hampshire Gazette
Community Legal Aid will create the first veterans medical-legal partnership, or VMLP, in the state with a $90,000 grant from United Way of Hampshire County.
Tags: Veterans
News Story (Pennsylvania)

A Philly family fought 40 years to turn drug-infested land into a garden. Then, it was sold at sheriff’s sale.

April 18, 2019 | Philadelphia Inquirer
Esquilin died six months ago, leaving unfinished the business of seeking to safeguard his life’s work. He never knew that three of the four plots that make up the garden had already been sold at sheriff’s sale.
Tags: Sheriff's Sales
News Story (Virginia)

Virginia Looks To Volunteer Attorneys To Boost Access To Strained Legal Aid Programs

April 17, 2019 | Community Idea Stations
The legal community in Virginia is using a new online tool to better connect volunteer lawyers with low income people who need their help.
Tags: Pro Bono | Technology