The Legal Aid Society, with the assistance of Davis Polk, submitted a White Paper to Hon. Ariel Belen, the court-appointed monitor overseeing the joint remedial process in theFloyd, Davis and Ligon trilogy of cases that successfully challenged the practice of stop and frisk and the illegal arrests that resulted from it. The monitor is advising on “further reforms necessary to ending the constitutional violations” in police-civilian encounters throughout New York City. See Floyd v. City of New York, 959 F.Supp.2d 668, 687-88 (S.D.N.Y. 2013) (“Remedy Opinion”).
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The Legal Aid Society used the HBO documentary, “Suited,” a look into a Brooklyn-based clothier tailoring to the LGBTQ community, as a launching point for a discussion on LGBTQ experiences.
As New York City Council members held a hearing Thursday on raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York State, The Legal Aid Society released a statement emphasizing the need to stop treating 16- and 17-year olds as adults in the eyes of the law.
Supportive housing, which offers stable, permanent housing with onsite services, is a “proven cost-effective solution to homelessness for individuals and families living with a disabling mental illness or other disability,” The Legal Aid Society told city lawmakers on Thursday. As a result, Legal Aid maintained its insistence that Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislators release nearly $2 billion in funding, which will go towards a long-term state commitment to build 20,000 supportive housing units over the next 15 years.
The Legal Aid Society is calling for more court interpreters in Queens, a richly diverse borough where more than 150 languages are spoken but language access in the courts is still lacking. Sateesh Nori, Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Practice’s Queens office spoke to NY1 about the need for more translators.
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