On March 14, 2016, the City of Los Angeles was hit with yet another lawsuit regarding its treatment of homeless residents. The lawsuit, Mitchell v. City of Los Angeles, contends that the city is dealing with its homelessness problem by criminalizing rather than housing its homeless
The Department of Justice recently reminded state chief justices and state court administrators that jailing poor people just because they can’t pay fines is unconstitutional.
In a March 14 Dear Colleague letter, the Civil Rights Division warned states to ensure their local courts reform or refrain
Ultimately, Free the Law will only be as useful as it is accessible, especially to those not trained in the legal profession, whether they are court navigators or pro se litigants. However, the project could steer our discourse about representation for low-income civil litigants away
Millennial migration to cities over the last decade has transformed urban landscapes around the U.S.,[i] bringing new businesses and capital for some and displacement and marginalization for others.[ii] Falling along class and racial lines,[iii] gentrification in American cities produces the painful paradox of increased wealth,
Developments at Spring Valley High School
A federal civil rights investigation has been opened by the Department of Justice following the violent arrest of a student caught on video at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina.
Deputy Ben Fields, the officer seen violently pulling the student
Popular news sites regularly post articles about the “student loan bubble” or “student loan crisis” with varying degrees of alarm at the problem and differing perspectives on the causes and solutions. Recent governmental reports from the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the Consumer Financial Protection
In October 1980, Danny Bearden plead guilty to burglary and theft. The trial court sentenced Mr. Bearden to four years probation and ordered him to pay $750 in fines and restitution, with $200 payable over the first two days, and the rest of the $550
At the height of the Great Society in 1968, Congress passed the Fair Housing Act (“FHA”), a piece of legislation aimed at ending housing discrimination. For the past thirty-seven years, every federal appellate court has interpreted discrimination under the FHA as providing both for claims
Workers walk-out on Tax Day to rally for a livable minimum wage
Retail and fast food employees demonstrated on April 15, the nation's Tax Day, calling for a new federal minimum wage of $15/ hour. The protesters argue that selective, incremental pay raises are insufficient. On a
The controversial and polarizing charter school debate could soon become a civil rights battle in Massachusetts, where three lawyers prepare to mount a legal challenge to the state’s charter school cap. Currently, Massachusetts law limits the number of charter schools to 72 and total enrollment