Students from 23 law schools in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania attended the New York City Bar Association's 25th annual Public Interest Legal Career Reception in which Legal Aid lawyers participated and met with more than 70 students.
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A recent New York Court of Appeals ruling deemed a harassment statute unconstitutionally vague, but Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Steven Statsinger refused to apply the holding retroactively in the case of Larkin Ellis, a Legal Aid client.
Tina Luongo, Acting Attorney-in-Charge of the Criminal Practice of The Legal Aid Society, was quoted as a legal expert in the Wall Street Journal's story on the creation of a special grand jury to hear evidence in the death of Eric Garner.
The new accelerated Immigration Court process for unaccompanied immigrant children that began this week is working, said Jojo Annobil, Attorney-in-Charge of The Legal Aid Society's Immigration Law Unit. The next challenge, he told the New York Times, is to figure out how to provide a lawyer for every child who needs it.
The New York Times, in a number of articles, has been reporting about the increased violence at Rikers Island and has pointed to the guards at the heart of the problem. In yesterday's Times, the article cited the lawsuits brought by the Prisoners' Rights Project of The Legal Aid Society and quoted Jonathan Chasan, a Supervising Attorney in the project, and Mary Lynne Werlwas, a Staff Attorney. Chasan told the Times that one of the more successful suits led to the stationing of federal monitors to oversee the solitary-confinement cellblocks in the late 1990s and early 2000s, including the supervision of staffing decisions. “If someone had a history of violence, they were turned away,” Chasan said. “The result was a dramatic decrease of abuse.”