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Latest News in Access to Justice

  • August 11, 2022

    NYC Evictions Creep Up As Housing Courts Get Busier

    Signs of activity in New York City's housing courts — case filings and court-ordered evictions — are up compared to 2021, though still well below pre-pandemic levels, as tenants and landlords continue to grapple with the fallout of the coronavirus.

  • July 29, 2022

    How A Law Prof Is Training Non-Attys As Immigrant Advocates

    As a law professor who routinely took her students to immigration courts for field work, Michele R. Pistone was irked to see how many noncitizens went unrepresented. So she built an online platform to train nonlawyers to help fill the gaps in legal representation.

  • July 28, 2022

    Portland Tackles Racist Past Of Urban Renewal

    Blocks from the stadium where the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers play and Interstate 5 cuts a gash through Oregon's largest city, a proposed 94-unit apartment building represents the first step in an ambitious plan to reverse decades of racist land-use practices.

  • July 27, 2022

    NJ Suit Shines Light On Police Use Of Infant Blood In Probes

    Last year, DNA from an infant’s blood sample was used to track down a New Jersey sex crime suspect. Public defenders are now suing to discover how often law enforcement agencies have subpoenaed a mandatory newborn health screening program, spotlighting a growing area of friction between genetic genealogy and privacy.

  • July 26, 2022

    How Some NY Judges Are Unpausing Eviction Cases

    New York is among several states — including Oregon, Massachusetts and California — to pause eviction cases at least temporarily while rent aid applications are being processed, to prevent premature evictions. And while tenant lawyers say New York's rule has been broadly effective, some judges have said they have the authority to lift the stay.

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