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Immigration Attorneys Are Telling Their Clients ‘Brace Yourselves’

Immigration lawyers are dealing with a lot right now: large caseloads, court challenges, regulations in dispute. One of the most significant things in flux is the Flores settlement agreement, the 1997 consent decree that has governed the conditions under which … Continue reading

New Mexico ruling abolishes privilege on spousal testimony

The New Mexico Supreme Court has barred the state’s court system from continued use of a longstanding legal privilege that disallows testimony by a defendant’s spouse, saying it is based in misogyny and “has outlived its useful life.” The Santa … Continue reading

Tallahassee Hospital to Pay $375K to Settle Disability Discrimination

Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, Inc., a private community healthcare system comprised of 2 hospitals, multiple specialty care centers, 3 residency programs, and 32 affiliated physician practices, will pay $375,000 to a class of employees to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed … Continue reading

Judge was too quick to find contempt and too slow to write opinions, ethics complaint says

An ethics complaint filed against a Philadelphia family court judge claims that the judge was too quick to fine or jail people for contempt but too slow to write opinions in cases involving child abuse and neglect. The ethics complaint … Continue reading

Migrant Lawsuits Over Family Separations May Cost Taxpayers $200 Million

Some migrant children who were separated from their families as part of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy say they were abused during their time in federally-funded foster care. Now the families are gearing up to sue the government, and … Continue reading

Billionaire’s children in $102M battle over dad’s estate

The family of a cabbie turned real estate billionaire is fighting a big bucks bid from a relative who wants a $102 million chunk of his estate. The son-in-law of Tamir Sapir, who died in 2014 and was once worth … Continue reading

Atlanta couple fights to have daughter recognized as U.S. citizen

Derek Mize and Jonathan Gregg wanted to be parents and was heartened by the high court’s majority opinion that children of same-sex couples should have the same benefits and legal protections afforded to children of different-sex couples.  Their daughter Simone was … Continue reading

The National Black Lawyers Top 100 Names New Executive Director

Annamaria Steward, Executive Director of The National Black Lawyers Top 100

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Black Lawyers Top 100 is pleased to announce that Annamaria Steward of Washington, D.C. has been named as its first Executive Director. She joins the organization with nearly 20 years of experience and a reputation … Continue reading

Florida deputies to be tried for shooting disabled man

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that two Brevard County Deputy Sheriffs must stand trial for their shooting of an unarmed man inside his home, when family members asked law enforcement officers to Baker Act the … Continue reading

Immigration judge talks about how to fix courts

Dana Leigh Marks has been an immigration judge in San Francisco since 1987, and is president emerita of the National Association of Immigration Judges. In the Washington Post, Judge Marks writes about what it’s going to take to fix the … Continue reading