Adriene Holder, the Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Practice, will be honored on Friday, October 24, by the Met Council on Housing at the organization's annual gala. Mayor de Blasio, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Assembly Member Dick Gottfried, and Public Advocate Tish James will be on hand to honor Ms. Holder, Sam Himmelstein, Gloria Sukenick, and Scott Sommer.
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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Legal Aid attorneys Christine Appah, Johan Byssainthe, Laura Russell, and Sateesh Nori, along with Councilmember Rory Lanceman, met over 350 people at a subway station in Jamaica, Queens on Wednesday morning to spread awareness around NYC Go Purple Day. The event, organized by the NYC City Council's Women's Issues Committee, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence, was part of a series of similar events held throughout the City.
The Legal Aid Society and the law firm of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP brought a class action lawsuit in State Supreme Court, New York County, against Pathways, for failing to pay rent for mentally disabled New Yorkers who are in danger of eviction. They were successful in obtaining a temporary restraining order so the evictions are stayed.
Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman presented Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP with the Pro Bono Publico and Public Service Law Firm Award at the 2014 Pro Bono Publico Awards Ceremony.
In an editorial today, the New York Times called for federal oversight of Rikers Island, citing the Justice Department report detailing the abuses and torture of inmates. The Legal Aid Society's Prisoners' Rights Project has brought several lawsuits in an attempt to correct these outrageous problems. The most recent suit, brought by Legal Aid on behalf of 12 inmates who were seriously injured during encounters with guards, has been certified for class action and is currently the subject of settlement negotiations with the city.
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