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Traffic tickets can ‘wreak havoc’ on the poor

Original article from The Modesto Bee By Erin Tracy “Driving while poor.” Some critics have used the phrase to describe the injustices of the legal system as it applies to traffic penalties. Generally, it’s used in reference to license suspension as a result of unpaid traffic fines. State law dictates that, but there is a … Continue reading Traffic tickets can ‘wreak havoc’ on the poor



It’s Time to Sanction OFAC

Original article from CoutnerPunch By Franklin Lamb Without much doubt, the US Congressional Zionist caucus was energized this week by PM Netanyahu’s appeal to scuttle the Obama administration’s negotiations with Iran. Even as it spent roughly 27% of his 40 minute speech wildly applauding. According to Capitol Hill sources, the caucus is salivating over its … Continue reading It’s Time to Sanction OFAC



Information Demanded on ICE Work Raids

Original article from Courthouse News By Katherine Proctor SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – Tens of thousands of workers have lost their jobs, their healthcare and their homes to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s opaque worksite “silent raids,” four legal groups claim in Federal Court. The legal nonprofits and a community group sued the Department of Homeland Security … Continue reading Information Demanded on ICE Work Raids



Legal Centers Ask To Review ICE’s Worksite Enforcement Docs

Original article from Law360 By Kelly Knaub Law360, New York (February 23, 2015, 3:41 PM ET) — National Immigration Law Center and other legal aid and public interest groups filed a Freedom of Information Act suit Friday seeking access to records relating to worksite raids led by U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement to uncover undocumented workers. … Continue reading Legal Centers Ask To Review ICE’s Worksite Enforcement Docs



2015 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year:
Paul R. Chavez and Robin Goldfaden

Original article from California Lawyer We have named 62 lawyers statewide to receive the 19th annual awards for California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year. Their achievements had significant impact in 2014. This year, the awards recognize 27 achievements between November 2013 and November 2014 in 17 areas of practice. Those honored include prosecutors, intellectual property practitioners, … Continue reading 2015 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year:
Paul R. Chavez and Robin Goldfaden



MEDA Launches Fund for Businesses Displaced by Fire

Original article from MissionLocal By Andra Cernavskis Inspired by the quick success of a GoFundMe Campaign for the residents of the 22nd and Mission Streets fire last month, the Mission Economic and Development Agency, known as MEDA, has decided to attempt a similar fundraising campaign for the 36 businesses and 71 employees who worked in the … Continue reading MEDA Launches Fund for Businesses Displaced by Fire



S.F. activists resistant to ruling on immigrants

Original article from The San Francisco Chronicle By Carla Marinucci Determined Bay Area immigrant rights activists insisted Tuesday that a Texas judge’s ruling blocking President Obama’s executive action on immigration won’t deter them from assisting thousands in completing applications for extended visas. They also called the judge’s order a political act, and were optimistic that … Continue reading S.F. activists resistant to ruling on immigrants



Uber ADR Bid May Face Tough Audience

Original article from The Recorder. Ross Todd, The Recorder SAN FRANCISCO — U.S. District Judge Edward Chen hasn’t been a big fan of the arbitration clause Uber Technologies Inc. added in 2013 to its driver licensing agreements. The transportation networking company made the change while proposed employment class actions were pending in Illinois and Massachusetts and … Continue reading Uber ADR Bid May Face Tough Audience



Campaign Started to Help Employ People with Records

Original article from the San Leandro Times By Amy Sylvestri Getting a job is hard enough, but getting a job with a record for a conviction or an arrest is even more difficult. That’s why a group of lawyers, advocates, and business owners in Alameda County have banded together to create “A Good Hire.” A … Continue reading Campaign Started to Help Employ People with Records



San Jose Mercury News: Fremont calendar for Jan. 16

Original article from the San Jose Mercury News. Legal issues A free seminar, entitled “Legal issues for entrepreneurs,” will take place at Fremont Main Library, 2400 Stevenson Blvd. in the Fukaya Room on Monday, Jan. 26 from 6-9 p.m. This seminar will provide an overview of business law concepts for the small business owners, addressing the … Continue reading San Jose Mercury News: Fremont calendar for Jan. 16



Bay Area Lawyer Die-In For Racial Justice

Original article from Lieff Cabraser By Lieff Cabraser of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP Lieff Cabraser attorneys and staff participated today in the Bay Area Lawyer Die-In For Racial Justice on the front steps of the California Supreme Court building in San Francisco. The participants called for an end to the use of excessive force, … Continue reading Bay Area Lawyer Die-In For Racial Justice



A Good Hire: Resources For Finding Undiscovered Talent

Original story from RadioAlice / KCBS By Liz Saint John A Good Hire: Resources for Finding Undiscovered Talent is the public education campaign developed for the Cultivating Fair Chance Employment project administered by the Lawyers’ Committee to reach out to hiring managers in Alameda County. A Good Hire builds on the idea that workers with an arrest … Continue reading A Good Hire: Resources For Finding Undiscovered Talent



Lateefah Simon: Youth advocate nominated as Visionary of the Year

Original article appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle By Carolyn Jones Fierce debates over race, class, police and inequality may be raging across the U.S., but for Lateefah Simon, the discussion is all rather simple. “Everyone’s talking about social justice. What is it? What does it look like? Well, it looks like less crime, less … Continue reading Lateefah Simon: Youth advocate nominated as Visionary of the Year



The Immigrants Excluded By Obama’s New Plan

Original article appeared in the New Yorker By Vauhini Vara On Thursday evening, at the San Francisco headquarters of the Service Employees International Union Local 87, some fifty immigrant workers and activists gathered at a hastily organized party to watch Barack Obama’s televised speech about his plans to implement executive actions protecting millions of undocumented … Continue reading The Immigrants Excluded By Obama’s New Plan



Immigrants represented by attorneys far more likely to win deportation cases, Stanford law clinic study finds

Original article from the Stanford Report. By Terry Nagel For detained immigrants, having a lawyer means everything. A new research report shows that a detainee with legal representation is three times more likely to avoid deportation than someone thrown into the legal system on his or her own. Yet two-thirds of detained immigrants have no … Continue reading Immigrants represented by attorneys far more likely to win deportation cases, Stanford law clinic study finds



New Mission for Lawyers: Free Aid to Young Immigrants

Original article from the Wall Street Journal By Miriam Jordan Attorneys Volunteer for Pro Bono Work Helping Central American Minors Lawyers are trained at Cooley LLP in San Francisco on representing minors who entered the U.S. illegally. Preston Gannaway for The Wall Street Journals In a departure from their usual clientele, attorneys at major U.S. law … Continue reading New Mission for Lawyers: Free Aid to Young Immigrants



Embarrassed 49ers say they now intend to lead in contractor diversity

By David E. Early You can read the original article on San Jose Mercury News. SANTA CLARA — A little more than a year ago, a coalition of civil rights groups vilified the San Francisco 49ers with a caustic “open letter” that accused the team of leaving out minority-owned firms when it issued lucrative contracts … Continue reading Embarrassed 49ers say they now intend to lead in contractor diversity



SF supes’ budget committee votes for legal aid to immigrant kids

By John Coté You can read the original article on SF Gate. The Board of Supervisors’ three-member budget committee voted unanimously Wednesday to support a proposal to provide more than $2 million to fund immigration lawyers for youth facing fast-tracked deportation. The supplemental budget appropriation, which would provide $2.1 million total to be drawn from … Continue reading SF supes’ budget committee votes for legal aid to immigrant kids


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Legal aid funding for undocumented youth clears board committee

By Rebecca Bowe You can read the original article on San Francisco Bay Guardian. Brian, who is 12, came to the United States from Guatemala with his younger brother, Edwin, who is seven. They arrived in a car driven by a coyote, an adult who ferried them across in an arrangement made with their family. … Continue reading Legal aid funding for undocumented youth clears board committee



S.F. Moves to Provide $2 Million for Lawyers for Immigrant Kids

By John Coté You can read the original article on SF Gate. They described other children being gunned down in the street because they wouldn’t join a gang, a freezing room in a detention center where kids huddled under aluminum foil for warmth, or riding the train known as “The Beast” for a month as … Continue reading S.F. Moves to Provide $2 Million for Lawyers for Immigrant Kids



Kids pushed through immigration court at lightning speed while supes debate legal aid funding

Rebecca Bowe You can read the original article on San Francisco Bay Guardian. San Francisco’s efforts to provide legal services for unaccompanied youth who crossed the U.S. border from Central America is heating up as a point of contention between Sup. David Campos and Board President David Chiu, opponents in the race for California Assembly … Continue reading Kids pushed through immigration court at lightning speed while supes debate legal aid funding



Who Counts as a Refugee in US Immigration Policy—and Who Doesn’t

By Pablo Lastra, Esq., Asylum Program Coordinator, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area You can read the original article on The Nation. [Some names and identifying details have been changed.] Giovani is 17, from El Salvador, and came to the United States alone in December, making him one of tens … Continue reading Who Counts as a Refugee in US Immigration Policy—and Who Doesn’t



Bill to Strengthen California Voting Rights Act Approved by State Assembly – SB 1365

By Christopher Simmons You can read the original article on California Newswire. SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — A bill to strengthen voter protections under the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) was approved today by the State Assembly. SB 1365 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) expands the CVRA by explicitly prohibiting school boards, cities, and counties … Continue reading Bill to Strengthen California Voting Rights Act Approved by State Assembly – SB 1365



San Jose Police Accused of Excessive Force After Video Appears to Show Cops Beating Teacher

By Damian Trujillo You can read the original article on NBC Los Angeles. A San Diego teacher has filed a complaint against the San Jose Police Department and claims cops used excessive force on him during an incident at San Jose State University. The alleged victim, Nathaniel Howard, was recently in San Jose giving a … Continue reading San Jose Police Accused of Excessive Force After Video Appears to Show Cops Beating Teacher



San Jose State Motivational Speaker Files Complaint After Claiming Police Beat Him

By Betty Yu You can read the original article on CBS San Francisco. A man who gave a motivational speech at San Jose State University last May claims police beat him afterward. Nate Howard points to a YouTube video that shows him badly bruised, and traumatized. “They threw me to the ground and you can … Continue reading San Jose State Motivational Speaker Files Complaint After Claiming Police Beat Him



SJSU graduation speaker files excessive-force complaint, seeks more police accountability

By Robert Salonga You can read the original article on San Jose Mercury News. A keynote speaker at a San Jose State graduation ceremony has filed an excessive-force complaint against the San Jose Police Department and hopes his case can be a lightning rod for heavier scrutiny of the internal investigations that by and large … Continue reading SJSU graduation speaker files excessive-force complaint, seeks more police accountability



Cellphone video captures San Diego man’s brutal beating by San Jose police

By Rielle Creighton You can read the original article on ABC10 News. 10News was given dramatic cellphone video that shows a San Diego man being beaten by San Jose police. The video was recorded by someone from across the street, but even from a distance, the sounds of the police baton strikes are audible. Onlookers … Continue reading Cellphone video captures San Diego man’s brutal beating by San Jose police



Coming Home

By Andrew Scot Bolsinger You can read the original article at East Bay Express. Former inmate-turned-entrepreneur Anthony Forrest has learned how to adapt to consumer preferences in the Bay Area. On a recent weekday in San Francisco, the Oakland resident stood outside the Jackson Square Safeway, wearing a 49ers jersey and an Oakland Raiders hat … Continue reading Coming Home



U.S. sanctions net snares the innocent, burdens business

By ANNA YUKHANANOV AND WARREN STROBEL You can read the original article on Reuters. On a Friday afternoon in March, Jose Luis Zamora pulled into a Lexus dealership in Dallas to test-drive a new car with his wife. Ready to pay, Zamora instead waited more than two hours before being informed his name had popped … Continue reading U.S. sanctions net snares the innocent, burdens business



Embarrassed 49ers say they now intend to lead in contractor diversity

By David E. Early You can read the original article at San Jose Mercury News. A little more than a year ago, a coalition of civil rights groups vilified the San Francisco 49ers with a caustic “open letter” that accused the team of leaving out minority-owned firms when it issued lucrative contracts for constructing the … Continue reading Embarrassed 49ers say they now intend to lead in contractor diversity



How Local Governments Are Hacking Immigration Reform

By SPENCER AMDUR You can read the original article at The Atlantic. States and cities are taking immigration reform into their own hands. With prospects for comprehensive legislation bleak in Washington, local governments have begun making decisions about who gets deported and who doesn’t by refusing to participate in a system that has come to rely … Continue reading How Local Governments Are Hacking Immigration Reform



Traffic court is a judicial dead end for California’s working poor

By Oren Sellstrom If you subscribe, you can read the original article on The Daily Journal. When we think of influential courts, the Supreme Court typically comes to mind first. Yet for many low-income individuals, a court much further down the judicial food-chain actually holds the most sway over their lives. Traffic court — which for … Continue reading Traffic court is a judicial dead end for California’s working poor



They’ve done their time, now let them vote

by Hector Villagra Read the original article on San Francisco Bay View. On Feb. 11, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. urged states to repeal laws that prohibit people who were formerly incarcerated from voting, a move that would restore the right to vote to millions. This timely announcement does not just address officials in states … Continue reading They’ve done their time, now let them vote



Holder’s call for repeal of ex-convict voting laws hits home

By Joanna Cuevas Ingram, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area Do not Print or Redistribute without Permission from LCCR and Daily Journal Published in the Daily Journal, California’s Largest Legal News Provider, Vol. 120, No. 31, Friday, February 14, 2014 On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder sent a powerful … Continue reading Holder’s call for repeal of ex-convict voting laws hits home



ACLU contends California must let former prison inmates vote

By Paige St. John Read the original story at the Los Angeles Times. SACRAMENTO — California’s refusal to let former state prison inmates vote while they serve community probation terms is under challenge by civil rights groups. On behalf of groups including the League of Women Voters of California, lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of … Continue reading ACLU contends California must let former prison inmates vote



Voting-rights activists sue Debra Bowen claiming mass exclusions

By Christopher Cadelago Read the original story at the Sacramento Bee Capitol Alert. Voting-rights advocates sued Secretary of State Debra Bowen for voter disenfranchisement on Tuesday, claiming she blocked from the polls tens of thousands of Californians who fall under new categories of criminal-justice supervision. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union and Lawyers’ Committee for … Continue reading Voting-rights activists sue Debra Bowen claiming mass exclusions



Secretary of state sued over criminals’ voting

By DON THOMPSON Associated Press News Fuze Read the original story at the San Jose Mercury News. SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Voting and civil liberties groups sued Secretary of State Debra Bowen on Tuesday over a decision she made in 2011 that said tens of thousands of criminals who are serving their sentences under community supervision are ineligible to vote. … Continue reading Secretary of state sued over criminals’ voting



Federal authorities agree to limit shackling of immigrants in court

Associated Press in San Francisco Read the original story at The Guardian. An ACLU attorney said putting immigrants in shackles was “contrary to fundamental American values of justice and fairness”. Federal authorities would limit the use of shackles on immigrants who appear before immigration judges, under a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit. US Immigration and Customs … Continue reading Federal authorities agree to limit shackling of immigrants in court



San Mateo County supervisors should pick a district map favored by the people

By CAROLYN HSU AND JOANNA E. CUEVAS INGRAM Read the original article at San Jose Mercury News. On Tuesday, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors will consider the boundary lines that will determine each supervisorial district, hopefully putting in place a fair and lawful election system after years of legal challenges. The board faces … Continue reading San Mateo County supervisors should pick a district map favored by the people



49ers stadium leaders dispute racism charges by civil rights groups

By Mike Rosenberg Read the original article at San Jose Mercury News. SANTA CLARA—A coalition of civil rights groups is threatening to sue over what it calls a lack of minority-owned businesses working on the San Francisco 49ers’ new stadium, though project officials deny those claims and say they gave contractors of all races an equal … Continue reading 49ers stadium leaders dispute racism charges by civil rights groups



Caltrans minority subcontract plan upheld

By Bob Egelko Read the original article on SF Gate. A federal appeals court upheld a Caltrans program Tuesday that requires contractors on federally funded road-building projects to make subcontracts available to companies owned by minorities and women. The program, in effect since March 2009, requires contractors to make good-faith efforts to award 9.5 percent of … Continue reading Caltrans minority subcontract plan upheld



Santa Rosa school board settles lawsuit challenging Doyle Park school closure

By MARTIN ESPINOZA You can read the original article at The Press Democrat. Santa Rosa school officials have settled a lawsuit challenging the closure of Doyle Park Elementary School by agreeing to keep the school open for one year. The school, which has a high Latino enrollment, was to be closed at the end of … Continue reading Santa Rosa school board settles lawsuit challenging Doyle Park school closure