July 29, 2009
MAKING THE CASE FOR HUMANITY
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Legal Aid in the News
Legal Aid Attorney Saves A Queens Family's
Because of the advocacy of Sumani Lanka, a staff attorney in the
Queens Neighborhood Office of the Civil Practice, the home of a Queens
family was saved. However, during this economic downturn, Steven Banks,
Attorney-in-Chief, predicts that The Legal Aid Society's Civil Practice
will be able to serve fewer clients because of shrinking resources. "We
are turning away eight persons for every one person we are able to serve,"
Banks told New York 1. Read the report of Lily Jamali on New York
Homebound Clients May be Owed Money From the NYC Human
In Lovely H. v. Eggleston, The Legal Aid Society
learned that beginning on February 19, 2009, the New York City Human
Resources Administration (HRA) committed some errors in the way that it
processed the cases of homebound clients, causing many homebound clients
to lose their benefits in error. HRA is working to correct these errors,
restore lost benefits to clients and restore homebound status to any
clients for whom homebound status was removed in error . . . Read more.
Landlords Required to Accept Section 8 Vouchers from
Justice Marcy Friedman of the New York Supreme Court, New York
County, held in her decision that landlords must accept Section 8 vouchers
from current tenants under the J51 Law and Local Law 10 and found that
Local Law 10 is not pre-empted. Robert Desir and Judith Goldiner, lawyers
in the Civil Practice's Law Reform Unit, are the lawyers on this case . .
. Read more.
Legal Aid's Chief Attorney Expresses Shock Over City and
Steven Banks, the Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society,
expressed shock over the City's and State's
tougher policy toward homeless families who now
can be ejected from city shelters for breaking rules like staying out past
curfew and failing to sign in and said the policy will be harmful to
innocent children and their families. "With all of the problems that the
state has and all of the problems that the city has right now, in the
midst of this economic downturn, it's shocking that the state and the city
are prepared to invest the resources to put innocent children and their
families out of safety-net shelters onto the streets," Banks told The New
York Times . . . Read more.
Donate New or Gently Used Clothes to Help JRP Clients
Threads for Success, an innovative and exciting new project in
the Manhattan office of the Juvenile Rights Practice, assists young people
who are involved with Family Court and in need of clothing for job
interviews, court appearances or for any other reason. This staff driven
project offers JRP clients weekly access to a "clothes closet" filled with
donated new and gently used clothes. Clients who are in need can "shop"
with the assistance of a Legal Aid staff member and choose an outfit . . .
Legal Aid Testimony On Prison Rape Before Congressional
On July 8th, Lisa Freeman, an attorney with the Prisoners' Rights
Project, testified before a Subcommittee of the U.S. House of
Representative's Judiciary Committee regarding the National Prison Rape
Elimination Commission's recently issued Report and Standards. In
particular, Lisa endorsed the Commission's call for reform of the Prison
Litigation Reform Act (PLRA), citing the injustice the PLRA has done in
the lawsuit Amador v. Andrews. Lisa, along with Dori Lewis, and with the
pro bono assistance of Debevoise and Plimpton, LLP, brought the lawsuit to
challenge the ongoing and persistent sexual abuse of women prisoners by
male staff in New York State prisons . . . Read more | View full testimony
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