Fighting Against Being Jailed Because of Poverty
August 23, 2016

Yesterday, Manhattan Supervising Attorney Michael Perkins and colleagues Robert Pomeroy, Nikki Adams and Terry Davidson obtained a huge victory for a client who was sentenced to 6 months jail for being unable to finish restitution payments.

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Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Plus Major News Outlets Joint Legal Aid and Kramer Levin in Pantaleo Disclosure Effort
August 18, 2016

The Reporter's Committee for the Freedom of the Press, joined by over twenty press associations and major nationwide news outlets like The National Press Club, The News Guild - CWA, The New York Times, Daily News, and Associated Press, filed an amicus brief in support of efforts by The Legal Aid Society and Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, opposing the appeals by the City of New York and Officer Daniel Pantaleo.

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Second Circuit Urged to Grant Class Certification for Women Prisoners Who Allege Sexual Abuse at Rikers
August 18, 2016

On Wednesday August 17, 2016, plaintiffs, represented by The Legal Aid Society and the law firm of Cleary Gottlieb, argued in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, that class certification should be granted to a group of women who allege rampant rape and sexual abuse of women prisoners at Rikers Island. The appeal was from a District Court denial of class certification, which, if allowed to stand, would hinder broader reform at Rikers.

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Cooley and Children’s Advocates Group Secure Victory for New York Foster Children
August 17, 2016

The Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Practice, pro bono counsel from Cooley LLP, Lawyers for Children and the Children’s Law Center of New York secured a victory for children’s advocacy on August 12 by persuading a federal judge to reject a settlement on behalf of New York foster children.

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New HUD Plan Could Mean Disaster For Poor; People Will Have to Choose Between Higher Rent or Moving
August 15, 2016

A new plan by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development could spell disaster for people in high poverty areas in New York City.

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