New website provides legal help to those with limited means
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A new website is available to provide legal resources to Indiana residents of limited financial means and help them with civil matters including family, housing, employment, and educational services.
The website, indianalegalhelp.org , provides contact information for legal service providers in each county, questions to ask when hiring a lawyer and a variety of self-help forms covering family law and general civil matters.
Murphy says NJ finalizes $2.1M in aid for immigrants
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey allocated more than $2 million to help immigrants facing deportation, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday.
The first-year Democrat said in a statement that the $2.1 million grant agreement called for in this year's budget was finalized Monday.
"Families who came to New Jersey for a better life do not deserve to be torn apart by the federal government's cruel and discriminatory policies," Murphy said in a statement.
Ex-lawyer gets prison for lying to FBI about sex, drugs
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia attorney who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about trading legal services for sex and drug use has been sentenced to prison.
Governor says he’ll keep blocking payments to AG office
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage said Friday he won't release $4.9 million that lawmakers budgeted for Democratic Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Janet Mills' office until she provides him legal bills that are as detailed as those of private law firms.
Campaign raising money for free legal immigrant services
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Two retired jurists, including the former chief justice of the state Supreme Court, have teamed up to raise money to help expand free legal services to immigrant children and families in Connecticut.
They warn there's a growing and unmet demand for legal representation. It comes amid a harder line being taken by the administration of Republican President Donald Trump on immigration.
Man gets year in prison for theft from low-income program
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A Rapid City man has been sentenced to a year in federal prison for stealing from a program that provides legal services to low-income people including on American Indian reservations in the Dakotas.
Authorities allege 56-year-old Kevin Lewis embezzled nearly $25,000 while working as an attorney for Dakota Plains Legal Services between 2014 and 2017. He was fired about a year ago.
ACLU opposes Warwick bid to charge school bus fees
WARWIC, R.I. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island and R.I. Legal Services are urging the state's education commissioner to reject a proposal to charge Warwick Public Schools students to ride the school bus.
The school bus fees were recently floated as part of a plan to fill a budget hole for the district. The Warwick School Committee is seeking the permission to charge students for busing them to school and for participation in school sports activities.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The world's largest humanitarian network is urging governments to end mistreatment of vulnerable migrants and remove barriers that prevent them from obtaining food, health care and legal services.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said in a report released Tuesday that the shift of government policies toward restriction and control of migrants is creating "a humanitarian crisis."
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state will provide free legal services to anyone detained at New York airports on immigration charges.
The Democrat says Tuesday that the move is in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling upholding President Donald Trump's ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas legislative leader says a former federal prosecutor has assembled a team of attorneys to provide legal services to immigrant children separated from their parents and detained in group homes in Topeka.
Wichita Democrat and Kansas House Minority Leader Jim Ward announced Saturday that Barry Grissom, former U.S. attorney for Kansas, assembled the team to serve immigrant children housed by The Villages on a 400-acre site with five group homes.
Clarification: Kansas Pro Bono Rules story
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — In a story June 19, The Associated Press reported that a proposed rule change being considered by the Kansas Supreme Court would allow lawyers who aren't licensed in the state to provide free legal services. The story should have noted that the existing rule allows lawyers who are licensed outside of the state to obtain a "restricted" license to work only for their employer while in Kansas, and the proposed change would also allow them to provide free services to clients other than their employer.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Ethics Commission has dismissed a complaint against Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley over pro bono legal services he received in 2016.
The complaint dismissed Thursday was filed by Democratic attorney Jane Dueker. She alleged that Hawley should have reported pro bono legal services as a gift or an in-kind donation to his 2016 attorney general campaign.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — For the past six years, Richard Walls has been in jail more often than not. The longest stretch of time he's spent outside a cell is 30 days.
Walls is not a hardened criminal, but he is what Virginia calls a "habitual drunkard," a designation that allows police to arrest him and jail him for up to a year if he's caught with alcohol.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Newark is planning to follow New York's lead and provide free legal services for low-income and vulnerable tenants facing eviction.
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the proposed ordinance on Tuesday. Last year, De Blasio signed a law making New York the first city in the country to guarantee low-income residents the right to representation in eviction cases.
CHOP expands multi-partner medical legal partnership
Jewelean Jackson was in a legal fight over a disputed $6,000 bill from a real estate agent and she had already lost the first round in court.
Man to plead guilty to theft from low-income program
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A Rapid City man accused of stealing from a program that provides legal services to low-income people including on American Indian reservations in the Dakotas has agreed to plead guilty.
Authorities allege Kevin Lewis took nearly $25,000 while working as managing attorney for Dakota Plains Legal Services between 2014 and 2017. He was fired last July.
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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Koch Industries is pushing for a change to a Kansas rule forbidding corporate in-house lawyers unlicensed in the state from providing free legal services to needy outside clients.
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Veterans in the Rio Grande Valley have until Wednesday at midnight to sign up for pro bono legal services this Friday.
FISHERS, Ind. (AP) — An Indianapolis suburb has renewed a $20,000-a-month legal services contract with the wife of Republican Senate candidate Luke Messer.
The city of Fishers pays Jennifer Messer $240,000 a year for part-time legal work she does from home in suburban Washington, where the family moved after Luke Messer's election to Congress in 2012.
Fishers' officials gave final approval Monday to her 2018 contract.
Kentucky could become third state not to fund legal aid
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Edna Bland had just adopted a child, her father was dying and her husband was having risky heart surgery when a mortgage company tried to take her house in 2009.
Because Bland had not been charged with a crime, she was not guaranteed the right to an attorney. A judge ruled against her, and the mortgage company tried to put a lock on her house.
"I called everything and everybody," Bland said. "I felt like no one would fight for me."
Idaho Legal Aid Services provides a legal lifeline to low income Idahoans with serious legal problems, including domestic violence, abuse and neglect of children, and elder abuse. It is Idaho’s largest non-profit law firm, with offices located around the State. The dedicated work of Legal Aid is strongly supported by Idaho’s lawyers and judges.
Today's senior citizens were raised to be polite and trustworthy. Many of them have worked most of their lives, have a home that's paid off and money in their savings accounts. A lot of older people also pride themselves on having excellent credit.
Oklahoma commission looks to provide free legal help
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A commission created by the Oklahoma Supreme Court is looking at new ways to provide free legal help to the poor in civil cases.
"The whole goal here is to allow more people to do pro bono, to help people who otherwise wouldn't have access to these legal services," said Rebecca Hamrin, a member of the Oklahoma Access to Justice Commission.
The nonprofit North Penn Legal Services announced free financial checkups and mortgage reviews for income eligible residents of Luzerne County. North Penn Legal Services will help eligible individuals start the new year with a free financial checkup and mortgage review. This service will be helpful...
Michael O’Connor, former Kankakee attorney, will play at legal benefit
Many in the legal community are gathering for a great benefit this Friday at the Feed Arts & Cultural Center in downtown Kankakee.
LINCOLN - Recently, the Rural Law Opportunities Program (RLOP) was named the 2018 American Bar Association (ABA) Brown Select Award recipient. Over 3,000 people voted to determine the winner.
The Sutter County Board of Supervisors recently approved a $10,000 budget amendment for the grand jury to seek outside legal services for an investigation.
County Administrator Scott Mitnick said this was the first such request from a grand jury, to staff’s recollection.
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid under new leadership in 2018
MERCEDES — The head of a nonprofit organization that provides pro-bono legal services to low-income residents is stepping down next month.
Report: Older Mainers exploited more by family members
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A new report says older Mainers lost more money to exploitation by their family members than from scams.
The report released by Legal Services for the Elderly and Maine's Office of Aging and Disability Services found that Maine seniors lost $28 million to financial exploitation between 2010 and 2016.
Top member of Cook County prosecutor’s office resigns
CHICAGO (AP) — A top member of the Cook County prosecutor's office has resigned after an internal review found he referred business to his old law firm and it billed the county more than the county's standard legal services rate.
Chaka Patterson resigned Friday, less than a year after becoming the head of the office's civil division.
County records show that Patterson hired his former employer, Jones Day, to handle two cases and it eventually billed the county about $460,000.
Celebration raises funds for pro bono legal services
Veterans’ mental health and housing improved when they accessed free legal services in a Veterans Affairs facility, according to a study of veterans in Connecticut and New York City.
Metroplex Veterans Legal Services will conduct the first Veterans' Child Support Modification Clinic in the Permian Basin at 1 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Junior League of Midland, 902 W. Dengar Ave. in Midland.
Legal Aid Society of Cleveland says those who need its help exceeds number it can serve (video)
Legal Aid Society of Cleveland says those who need its help exceeds number it can serve (video)
Chicago renews legal fund for immigrants facing deportation
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago has renewed a legal fund for immigrants facing deportation.
Aldermen widely approved a budget Tuesday for next year that includes $1.3 million for immigrant legal services.
Chicago was among several cities that boosted legal services for immigrants as a response to Donald Trump's election to the presidency and aggressive promises to crack down on illegal immigration.
Chicago first approved started the fund last December.
La PORTE — City officials have signed a contract for legal services rather than hiring a salaried employee to fill the position of city attorney.
Study: Chicago fund means more immigrants getting legal help
CHICAGO (AP) — Months after Chicago officials established up a $1.3 million fund to boost legal services for immigrants facing deportation, there's been a big spike in immigrants with legal representation, a study has found.
It is the equalizer when it comes to representing the poor in court.
Minnesota nonprofits raise alarm about feds’ interest in more immigration detention beds
Several Twin Cities nonprofits that serve immigrants are raising concerns about a federal plan to add between 200 and 600 detention beds in Minnesota and nearby states.
Philadelphia trailblazer Charisse R. Lillie will be honored Friday with the A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award during the 29th Annual Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Minority Attorney Conference, “Advocacy & Fundamental Rights for Changing Times.”
Legal services contracts are big ticket items in many school districts. Costs often run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Legal help for low-income Mainers focus of group
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Lawmakers and attorneys are looking at ways to reform the state's system for helping low-income Mainers in need of legal services.
The biennial budget tasked a new working group with preparing a report by Dec. 6. The group's next meeting is Thursday.
Republican state Sen. Lisa Keim is chairing the working group and says that the system is in dire need of reform. Republican Gov. Paul LePage has proposed reforms such as performance standards.
Gloria Steinem honored by sex assault defense group
BOSTON (AP) — Feminist icon Gloria Steinem has been honored in Boston by a sexual assault legal defense group.
The Victim Rights Law Center presented its 2017 Leadership Award to the renowned author, journalist and activist at the federal courthouse in Boston on Thursday evening. She was introduced by 2012 Leadership Awardee professor Anita Hill.
The Boston-based group offers free civil legal services to men, women and children victimized by sexual assault.
Man pleads not guilty to stealing from reservation program
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A Rapid City man has pleaded not guilty to stealing from a program that provides legal services to low-income people on American Indian reservations in the Dakotas.
Fifty-five-year-old Kevin Lewis is charged in U.S. District Court with theft from a program receiving federal funds. Authorities allege he took an unspecified amount of money while working as managing attorney for Dakota Plains Legal Services.
Alabama lawyer sentenced for misappropriating over $35K
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An Alabama lawyer has been sentenced to five years of probation for misappropriating funds from a volunteer legal services group.
A federal judge in Nashville also sentenced 48-year-old Kelli Hogue Mauro to five months of home confinement and ordered to pay more than $10,000 in restitution. Her law license has also been suspended.