March is National Social Work Month, recognizing the diverse work of more than 650,000 professionals across the country. In 1971, The Legal Aid Society was one of the first legal organizations in the nation to recognize the value of access to "in-house" social service expertise and to incorporate professionally trained social workers into its Juvenile Rights and Criminal Practices.
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During the last year, nearly a third of the inmates at Rikers Island who came to jail clinics with injuries suffered blows to the head from guard or inmates, a New York City Health Department
report revealed. The internal report was released exclusively by the Associated
A recent New York Times article reported that police officers are making fewer arrests under New York Police Commissioner William J. Bratton, but arrests of panhandlers and peddlers on the subways have increased.
In Jones v. Rhea, Emily DiBiase, a Staff Attorney in The Legal Aid Society's Civil Practice Brooklyn Neighborhood Office, successfully represented her client in an Article 78 proceeding in which the Court vacated a default in a termination proceeding and remanded the case to the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to process a remaining family member grievance. The client, Tiffany Jones, was denied succession to her mother's apartment by NYCHA. She had been an authorized member of the household, occupying the apartment with NYCHA's knowledge and consent since the beginning of the tenancy in 2003 when she was 18 years old.
After a 33-year legal career devoted to fighting for low-income New Yorkers, Steven Banks, The Legal Aid Society's Attorney-in-Chief, is leaving the Society to become the Commissioner of the New York City Human Resources Administration. Mayor de Blasio announced the appointment at a press conference at City Hall, saying “I admire that Steve has been fighting for what he believes is right. He’s been a voice for the voiceless in this city." Banks has served as the Society's Attorney-in-Chief since 2004, after rising through the ranks of the organization from a law student intern and a staff attorney to a series of major leadership positions.
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