Gothamist: Half The People Awaiting Trial In NYC Jails Are There Because They Can't Afford Bail
May 23, 2017

Gothamist spoke with Joshua Norkin, a Staff Attorney in The Legal Aid Society’s Special Litigation Unit and Project Director of the Decarceration Project, about recent data revealing that half the people awaiting trial in New York City jails are mostly low-income people of color who cannot afford bail. "There really is no good explanation for detaining a poor person...in New York simply because they can’t afford bail," Norkin said.

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NYT: Under Settlement, City Shelters Will Do More For The Disabled
May 23, 2017

The Legal Aid Society and White & Case announced a settlement with the City Friday mandating HRA to fully equip homeless shelters with resources and accommodations for disabled New Yorkers, writes the New York Times.

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Legal Aid's Gault at 50 Conference
May 22, 2017

Legal Aid's Gault at 50 Conference The Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Practice hosted its Gault at 50 Conference on Thursday, May 17, at CUNY Law School. The all-day event had a great roster of expert and exciting speakers, including Yusef Salaam and David MacCallum, and it was attended by attorneys, social workers, paralegals and support staff.

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Statement from Legal Aid’s Judith Goldiner on City Planning’s Certification of Bedford Union Armory
May 22, 2017

Judith Goldiner, The Legal Aid Society’s Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Law Reform Unit, released the following statement today following the New York City Planning Commission’s certification of the Bedford Union Armory project in Brooklyn.

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Seymour W. James, Jr. Honored by the New York State Bar Association
May 22, 2017

Seymour W. James, Jr. Honored by the New York State Bar Association Seymour W. James Jr., The Legal Aid Society’s Attorney-In-Chief, received the Robert L. Haig Award at The New York State Bar Association's spring meeting last week. The prestigious award is given to a long-standing member of the legal profession who has rendered distinguished public service.

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