Statement of Seymour W. James, Jr., the Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society, in response to the report of the Governor's Commission on Youth, Public Safety and Justice
January 20, 2015

As the single largest New York State provider of both adult and juvenile delinquency defense, The Legal Aid Society is uniquely positioned in the conversation about raising the age of criminal responsibility. Raising the Age brings New York in line with 48 other states who have recognized the differences in prosecuting and rehabilitating those between the ages of 16 and 20.

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Legal Aid Lawyers Led By Eric Garner’s Mother and Daughter March For Release of Grand Jury Records
January 18, 2015

Lawyers from The Legal Aid Society, led by Eric Garner’s mother and daughter, marched in Staten Island Thursday for release of the grand jury records. The lawyers listed a series of demands, including an end to the “unconstitutional and disparate policing of communities of color.”

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Concert Featuring Threefifty To Benefit Civil Practice
January 14, 2015

The Legal Aid Society’s New Leadership Program (NLP) will host a benefit concert featuring Brooklyn-based duo Threefifty on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Stage 48, 605 West 48th Street. “The Legal Aid Society is excited to partner with Threefifty,” said Seymour W. James, Jr., the Attorney-in-Chief. “The Winter Benefit is an exciting musical opportunity that connects the band and its audience with Legal Aid’s important work to combat poverty in NYC and the many clients who still need our help.”

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Legal Aid Chief Attorney Seymour James: Davis Settlement Will Help Stop Illegal Arrests
January 13, 2015

Legal Aid Chief Attorney Seymour James: Davis Settlement Will Help Stop Illegal Arrests Speaking on Eyewitness News, Seymour W. James, Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society, said the Davis settlement "will stop the unlawful questioning, stopping, and arresting of public housing residents for merely being on the premises."

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Tina Luongo, Legal Aid's Criminal Chief, Discusses Drop In Arrests As First Word On The Call
January 12, 2015

Tina Luongo, Legal Aid's Criminal Chief, Discusses Drop In Arrests As First Word On The Call Tina Luongo, Attorney-in-Charge of the Criminal Practice, discussed the drop in arrests on NY1's The Call. "Particularly what we see is a dramatic drop in the quality of life low-level misdemeanors that certainly have been part of the philosophy of the broken windows policing that NYPD has done so it’s—we’ve seen that and it certainly comes as, I believe, a relief to the communities of color that that policing philosophy affects," she said.

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