20 May, 2024
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Justice North’s Law Day 5K bringing legal aid to people in need

Justice North’s Law Day 5K brings the Duluth community together to help raise funds in the mission of bringing legal aid to people in need.

Justice North’s Law Day 5K plays an incredibly important role to the non-profit organization’s legal aid efforts. The annual fundraiser brought together more than 100 runners on a chilly Sunday to help folks who can’t afford legal services.

Nate Grizzle, the communications and outreach coordinator with Justice North said they always appreciate donations.

“We are a non-profit, so our services are free. If it’s not free, it’s not legal aid. So you don’t need to pay for the stuff that we do as a client. But that does mean that community donations help us, help more people” Grizzle said. “Donations anytime, whether it’s Law Day 5K or not, make a big difference in our work.”

law day 5k plays a huge role bringing families together. Angelica Ramirez a housing advocate with Justice North, ran with her 7 year old daughter. She said the assistance justice north offers help people resolve legal issues with housing in Northeastern Minnesota.

“I just really wanted an opportunity to give back and to work directly with people who are affected by the inequality and economic disparities. So housing right now is a struggle anywhere in the country,” Ramirez said. “So it was an opportunity to get involved and learn what the struggles are and help those people directly.”

There were also several new runners at the 3rd annual Justice North’s Law Day 5k. Ben Zollar said he wanted to be in this year’s race because his mother was a law student and he wanted to support her.

“My mom has really enjoyed working for them. They seem to be a great option to get some help,” Zollar said. “It’s good

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Alabama law firm leader advocating in DC for state residents’ civil legal needs

The leader of Legal Services Alabama (LSA) is advocating for constituent access to the legal system across the Yellowhammer State on issues such as fair housing, veterans’ benefits, domestic violence and medical debt.

The law firm, located in Montgomery, provides free, client-centered, civil legal advocacy to low-income Alabamians. LSA also collaborates with others across the state and nation to find solutions to systemic issues caused by poverty and social justice inequities, according to its website.

Guy Lescault, LSA Executive Director, met with congressional staff, including US Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), in Washington, DC on Monday, April 8.

He was joined by attorneys from every corner of the nation to mark the 50thth anniversary of Legal Services Corporation (LSC) supporting civil legal aid across the United States.

LSC is the largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans and was established by Congress in 1974. To mark its historic 50th anniversary, LSC has embarked on an outreach campaign — “Protecting the Promise” of equal justice.

“Justice should not be reserved only for those who can afford it,” said Lescault in a statement. “The promise of equal access to justice has been a core American value since our country’s founding. However, this promise is shattered when people are forced to navigate the legal system alone while facing issues that threaten their ability to keep custody of their children, avoid eviction and foreclosure, obtain benefits rightfully earned and stay safe from domestic violence.”

LSC’s 2022 Justice Gap report found that low-income Americans received no or insufficient legal help for 92% of their civil legal problems. The Corporation currently provides funding to 131 independent nonprofit legal aid programs in each state, the District of Columbia and US territories.

Meantime, LSA offices are located in Anniston/Gadsden, Birmingham, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery,

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Law Society’s fury at legal aid means test reform delayed

The Law Society is fuming after the Ministry of Justice announced yesterday that certain legal aid means test reforms will be delayed until 2026.

The MoJ opened its announcement by stating that innocent people who have suffered miscarriages of justice, personal harm or injury are among those who will benefit from means test changes coming into effect this year.

However, the MoJ went on to say that while new non-means tested areas of legal aid were implemented last year under the first phase of a means test review, and detailed work had been done to deliver further reforms, ‘the timeline for implementation will take longer than initially envisaged due to wider competing priorities. The new schemes are now not expected to be fully operational until 2026’. No more details were forthcoming by press time.

The Law Society responded by pointing out that the means test has not been updated for inflation since 2009. President Nick Emmerson said: ‘The government is displaying a pattern of behavior of refusing to commit resources to the justice system resulting in unmet legal need. They have already acknowledged there are issues with the current means test, leaving ordinary people without access to justice.

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‘Frequently blamed for the continued delays is the Legal Aid Agency’s antiquated IT systems – which are causing implementation problems. This is itself evidence of the long-term neglect of our justice system.’

The latest delay came after it emerged that the government had pushed back its civil legal aid review timetable.

Emmerson said: ‘Civil legal aid providers are questioning their ability to stay in the profession. The system is in a precarious state and ultimately the ones who will suffer are those trying to seek justice.

‘This means that poverty-hit families are being denied vital help to fight eviction, tackle severe housing

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US cracks down on sanctioned Russian oligarchs

A number of sanctioned Russian oligarchs and their associates in the United States were arrested or indicted on Feb. 22, the US Justice Department announced.

The enforcement actions coincide with the US announcement new sanctions against Russia on the eve of the second anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

“The Justice Department is more committed than ever to cutting off the flow of illegal funds that are fueling (Russian President Vladimir) Putin’s war and to holding accountable those who continue to enable it,” US Attorney General Merrick Garland said.

In the Southern District of New York, the Justice Department unsealed charges against sanctioned Russian oligarchs Andrey Kostin and two of his US-based facilitators, Vadim Belyaev and Gannon Bond. Belyaev and Bond were arrested on Feb. 22.

A grand jury in Florida charged sanctioned pro-Russian Ukrainian businessman Serhii Kurchenko in a sanctions-evasion scheme involving approximately $330 million. Also in Florida, the US filed a civil forfeiture complaint against luxury properties, worth $2.5 million, owned by sanctioned Russian oligarch Viktor Perevalov.

In a case in Atlanta, US-based dual national Feliks Medvedev pleaded guilty to laundering over $150 million for Russian clients.

In Washington, DC, Russian businessman Vladislav Osipov was charged with bank fraud.

Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said that since February 2022, the Justice Department has won judgments to forfeit nearly $700 million in Russian assets.

“The charges we announced today against oligarchs, facilitators, and money launderers are the next chapter: so long as Russia’s aggression continues, so too will our resolve to hold its enablers accountable,” Monaco said.

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Former US attorney general says DOJ ‘back on track’ after slow start to Jan. 6 probes

Former Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department’s investigation into former President Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election started too slowly, but that the department is now “back on track.”

“The Justice Department was a little late in leaning up its investigation, its inquiry with regards to those people at the top of this whole conspiracy,” he said in an MSNBC interview on Saturday. “They’ve done and continue to do a great job with the foot soldiers who were there on Jan. 6th.”

Holder said the agency’s early focus on lining up cases against individuals who participated in the Jan. 6, 2021 riot on the Capitol, and saving the leaders of the scheme until now — years later — was a poor decision. He would have investigated both groups in parallel, he was claimed.

Now, it appears that the department’s investigations will be wrapping up in the middle of the 2024 election cycle. Investigators delivered Trump a target letter on Sunday, notifying him that he is under investigation.

“That is one of the negative consequences for that delay. The Justice Department is operating quite well now, but that pause is going to have an impact, in some form or passion, on our politics,” the Obama administration official said.

Holder also criticized the Trump campaign’s conduct after the 2020 election, including the former president’s trump-defends-perfect-call-with-raffensperger-amid-threat-of-prison-sentences-from-georgia-probe/” data-ylk=”slk:phone call;elm:context_link;itc:0″ class=”link “phone calls to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, where he asked him to “find” enough votes to overturn the election result.

“This was a different form of ballot stuffing, to ‘find’ votes that weren’t there and to have them counted, to fake electors and try to swear them in as representatives of a particular state,” Holder said.

“What was attempted by the former president and those around him

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Chief Justice Visits Central Jail Srinagar, Assesses Quality Of Legal Aid Services For Prisoners – Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism

Chief Justice Visits Central Jail Srinagar, Assesses Quality Of Legal Aid Services For Prisoners

SRINAGAR, Jul 13: Chief Justice, High Court of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh and Patron-in-chief, J&K Legal Services Authority, Justice N. Kotiswar Singh today visited the Central Jail here to assess the conditions of the prisoners and the quality of legal aid services being provided to them.
The Chief Justice was accompanied by his Principal Secretary, MK Sharma and Member Secretary of J & K Legal Services Authority, Amit Gupta.
On arrival to Central Jail, the Chief Justice was received by the Director General of Prisons, J & K, Deepak Kumar and DLSA Srinagar Chairman Jawad Ahmed. Superintendent of Central Jail Srinagar, Daljit Singh; SP North Zone Srinagar, Raja Zuhaib and other officers of Central Jail Srinagar were also present on the occasion.
The Chief Justice, upon his arrival, was also accorded ceremonial guard of honor by the contingent of CRPF deployed at the Central Jail.
During the visit, the Chief Justice had a round of all the barracks and interacted extensively with the inmates and patiently listened to their grievances and concerns. The Chief Justice assured the inmates that their genuine grievances shall be redressed and also issued on spot instructions to the concerned to ensure that the grievances projected by the inmates are addressed at the earliest.
During the visit, the Chief Justice engaged in constructive discussions with prison officials, legal aid volunteers, and inmates of Central Jail Srinagar. During interaction all the jail inmates admitted that they are being represented in the respective courts either by the counsel engaged by them or by counsel provided by the respective District Legal Services Authorities, where ever their cases are pending.
To gauge the effectiveness of the VC facility available in the Central Jail, the Chief Justice directed the jail authorities to connect with the District Court of Srinagar and

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Why legal aid matters | opinion







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When I speak to civic groups about Alpine Legal Services, I’m surprised how many people have heard of us but aren’t sure what we do.

People also tell me they don’t realize the right to legal representation applies mostly to criminal cases. They didn’t know that those facing a life-altering civil legal matter — an eviction, a protection order from abuse and violence, a custody case, an emergency guardianship — are most often not entitled to an attorney. That’s where civil legal aid comes in. That’s what we do.

Alpine Legal Services has been around in one form or another since 1987. A group of lawyers saw the need to uphold justice for people who had strong cases but didn’t know how to present them and couldn’t afford to hire an attorney. They saw people walking away from our justice system feeling powerless and resentful. They realized that if you want to live in a safe and stable community, you can’t have people thinking our system of justice is not for them. They knew a true system of justice required not only fair and impartial judges, but advocates on both sides, to get to the truth and uphold the law, regardless of someone’s ability to pay a lawyer, or social status.

Right now, you can think of Alpine Legal Services as an emergency room for legal aid. We get more requests for aid than we can handle, so our necessary and calculated response is to triage the most critical civil legal aid cases and help get people stabilized. We are short-staffed (spoiler alert: legal aid attorneys who can afford to live in our area are not easy to come by), so our main criteria for meeting with a client at this time is whether someone is at risk of

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Pittsburgh man sworn in as 60th United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania

A Pittsburgh man was sworn in as the 60th United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania on Monday.

Eric G. Olshan, 42, was nominated for the position by President Joe Biden on March 21, 2023. He was confirmed on June 8.

“I have spent my entire career litigating on behalf of the United States, and I’m honored to continue that service in my new role,” said US Attorney Olshan in a press release. “I look forward to working with the dedicated attorneys and staff in our office, as well as our trusted partners in federal, state and local law enforcement, to pursue our shared goal of securing justice and protecting communities throughout the district.”

Olshan is currently one of the lead prosecutors in the ongoing Pittsburgh synagogue shooting trial.

Olshan served as the Chief of the Economic/Cyber/National Security Crimes Section after joining the US Attorney’s Office as an Assistant US Attorney in 2017.

Olshan has also served as Civil Rights Coordinator, Public Corruption Coordinator, Health Care Fraud Coordinator, Environmental Crime Coordinator and District Election Officer in his time with the district, the Department of Justice said.

Previously, Olshan served in the Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division of the US Department of Justice for ten years.

Olshan began his duties immediately and will lead an office of 115 Assistant US Attorneys and support staff at offices located in Pittsburgh, Erie and Johnston, the Department of Justice said.

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Author John Grisham on ‘Talk Justice’ podcast about the importance of legal aid

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Legal Services Corporation President Ron Flagg introduced Grisham’s speech, which was recorded at a recent LSC forum on access to justice.

Grisham serves on LSC’s Leaders Council, which works to raise public awareness of the current crisis in civil justice. He is also a prominent advocate for criminal justice reform, frequently speaking publicly about wrongful conviction and serving on the board of directors for both the Innocence Project and Centurion Ministries.

“I have a long affinity with legal aid,” Grisham said. “It goes back to when I finished law school at Ole Miss some 42 years ago. I inadvertently became a legal aid lawyer.”

Grisham was struggling to build up clientele in his own law firm after law school when a woman in tears found his office and asked for his help in court that day. She was going to be evicted from her mobile home, and she told Grisham about the years of effort she put in to keep it up, only to have it all taken away. He went with her to court and ended up representing several of her neighbors in the trailer park. He got all of their evictions dismissed and became the community’s go-to pro bono attorney.

“That case proved to me the power of a license to practice law when it’s used to help people,” said Grisham. “It’s astonishing what happens when you’re a lawyer and you take the

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Zelensky meets with US Attorney General, prosecutors from allied countries to discuss Russian war crimes

During his visit to Lviv Oblast on March 3, President Volodymyr Zelensky met with US Attorney General Merrick Garland and other prosecutors from allied states and international institutions to discuss prosecuting Russian war crimes, the president’s office reported.

In addition to Garland, the meeting also included US Ambassador for Global Criminal Justice Beth van Schaack, European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders, International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Karim Khan, Head of the EU Prosecutor’s Office Laura Kovesi, Spanish Attorney General Alvaro Garcia Ortiz, UK Attorney General Victoria Prentis, among others.

Emphasizing the importance of holding Russian war criminals accountable for their crimes, Zelensky spoke about the message that would convey not just to Ukrainians, but to the entire world, about the triumph of justice. It would also serve as a warning to any potential aggressors that such actions would not be tolerated in the future.

“That’s why we need justice, we need a tribunal to see all guilty people behind bars,” Zelensky said.

on Feb. 28, Zelensky zelensky-meets-with-international-criminal-court-prosector-in-kyiv” data-ylk=”slk:met;elm:context_link;itc:0″ class=”link “met with Khan in Kyiv to discuss the ICC’s investigation into Russian war crimes and ways to expedite the repatriation process for Ukrainians who were forcibly relocated to Russia.

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