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New York’s unequal justice for the poor [Editorial]

CuomoNew York lawmakers often can’t agree on the time of day... Read more in The New York Times...

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Prepare to dig in to preserve legal aid [Op-ed]

ha-ha funnyWe don’t quite know what to expect from the federal government in the weeks and months ahead in terms of support for civil legal aid. Read more in the Huffington Post.

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Women and minorities make slow progress in filling law firm ranks

Diverse groupWomen and minorities continued to make small, slow gains in their numbers at major American law firms last year... Read more in The New York Times...

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With U.S. democracy in crisis, suddenly it’s “Thank God for the Lawyers.”

Justice statueOur democracy is in crisis. For the first time, the Economist magazine has downgraded the U.S. in its ‘Democracy Index’... Read more in Forbes...

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How ‘legal tech' is leveling the playing field

Keyboard and mouseAs we look at the changing landscape of business, it’s hard to find an industry that hasn’t been affected by technological disruption. Read more in The Observer...

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Affordable legal services depend on affordable legal education

Building glowOne would think that with 165,000 members of the California State Bar — including 54,000 here in Los Angeles County — finding a lawyer wouldn’t be a problem. Read more in AAL Magazine...

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SCOTUS Chief Justice salutes trial judges for tackling 'daunting workload'

Justice RobertsChief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., ... used his year-end report on the state of the federal judiciary to praise federal trial judges... Read more in The New York Times...

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When defendants cannot afford a lawyer, and neither can New Mexico

New Mexico sunsetWhen Bennett J. Bauer, New Mexico’s chief public defender took office in April he set out to review the workload of every lawyer on his team... Read more in The New York Times...

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The Obama legacy: legal aid across government agencies

Loretta LynchFrancesca, a mother of two, was struggling to provide for her family. She took $20 worth of clothing from a store - landing her with a citation and a $300 fine. Read more in TalkPoverty...

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From delay to action, the Supreme Court to take a conservative turn in 2017.

Supreme Court at duskOn Jan. 20, 2016... Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia announced the court's 8-to-1 decision reinstating the death penalty for two Kansas brothers. Read more at NPR...

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