The Legal Aid Society’s Prisoners’ Rights Project and Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady announced a settlement in the case of Bradley Ballard, whose horrific death at Rikers Island in 2013 was ruled a homicide. The settlement of $5,750,000 is the largest ever entered into by New York City for a death in custody.
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More legal services are required to address a rise in cases attempting to make onetime tenants pay for allegedly “broken leases,” according to written testimony on the emerging issue from The Legal Aid Society and other organizations.
Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson is sponsoring a bill that will revise the Department of Correction’s current policy on the Rikers nursery. There was no oral testimony on the nursery bill because it got moved out of committee with no debate, but Legal Aid’s written testimony is attached.
Today's New York Law Journal carries a photograph and article about The Legal Aid Society's participation in the Close Rikers March and rally on Saturday.
Tami Steckler, Attorney-in-Charge of the Juvenile Rights Practice, was selected as one of the New York Law Journal's Top Women in Law 2016. Tami was nominated by JRP's Attorneys-in-Charge and Attorney Directors of programs.
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