The Honorable Janet DiFiore, Chief Judge of the State of New York, will address The Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Award Ceremony tonight at the Prince George Ballroom and will present awards to New York City’s foremost law firms and corporate law departments which have generously volunteered their time and talent to advocate for equal justice for the marginalized and under-represented.
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New York’s low income transgender youth must receive the medically necessary care they deserve without having to wait for the state’s regulatory process to run its course, a federal judge decided in a significant victory for the transgender community’s access to health care.
On Saturday, November 19, the Staten Island Criminal Defense office will be participating in a program, Fresh Start, to clear active summons warrants in a safe community environment. Fresh Start has been done in other counties by other names (Safe Surrender, Begin Again, for example). It is designed to encourage people with low level summons warrants to vacate and resolve such warrants. These summons, when active, can create a significant impact on people’s lives. Our office will interview and screen people to learn whether they have a summons warrant eligible for the program. If so, we will represent them before the Court to vacate and resolve the warrant. This program is done in a safe, community environment. Here, our community partner is hosting: Central Family Life Center.
The Intercept posted an article delving into how data projects such as The Legal Aid Society’s Cop Accountability Project are influencing fights against police misconduct. The story reports on the great work of Samantha Seda, an Attorney in Legal Aid’s Adolescent Intervention and Defense program. In one instance, she used project data to obtain a client’s release from bail until trial. Seda and Cynthia Conti-Cook, Staff Attorney in the Criminal Practice’s Special Litigation Unit, were quoted in the story on how the database is crucial for litigating on behalf of individual clients as well as tracking data for policy and reform.
The Legal Aid Society of New York joins this City in mourning the unnecessary death of Deborah Danner in her home last night. Once again, this tragedy could have been avoided. We are outraged that the response to a cry for help from a 66 year old women with a known history of mental illness was responded to by NYPD and not medical professionals.
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