The Wall Street Journal Reports on Legal Aid’s Successful Fight for Transgender Youth Health Care and Shows the Human Impact of Coverage Expansion
December 07, 2016

Following years of advocacy by The Legal Aid Society, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, New York State’s Medicaid program will begin to pay for the health care that low-income transgender youths need and deserve, effective today.

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Landlords Spared Jail After Admitting to Making Life Unbearable for Tenants were Treated Too Easy, According to Legal Aid
December 07, 2016

Though two Brooklyn landlords pleaded guilty to destroying apartments and making them uninhabitable, Judith Goldiner, Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Practice’s Law Reform Unit, said the lack of any incarceration was too lenient an outcome and a troubling message to other landlords.

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The Legal Aid Society and Cleary Gottlieb File a Petition for Disclosure of NYPD Administrative Summaries of Police Officer Discipline
December 06, 2016

The Legal Aid Society and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP are filing a petition in New York Supreme Court today demanding the NYPD release its administrative summaries of officer disciplinary outcomes, which previous administrations have made public for the past 40 years.

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Celebrating 50th Anniversary of US Supreme Court Argument in Gault
December 06, 2016

On December 6th, from 5-7 p.m., The Legal Aid Society 's Juvenile Rights Practice (JRP) in collaboration with the National Juvenile Defender Center and the Northeast Juvenile Defender Center, will host a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court argument in In re Gault at the law firm of Cooley LLP. This landmark case held that juveniles charged with crimes were entitled to many of the same due process rights as adults, including the right to counsel, and paved the way for the practice of juvenile defense nationally.

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Racial Disparities in the State Prison System Have Long Been Targeted by Legal Aid
December 06, 2016

Decades after The Legal Aid Society sued to correct racial disparities in one upstate prison facility, the New York Times recently published an extensive story on the stark differences that persist in most prisons between the treatment of black and Latino inmates and the treatment of white inmates.

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