Archive for Public Interest Law News Bulletin

PSJD Public Interest News Digest – January 12, 2018

Sam Halpert, NALP Director of Public Service Initiatives

Hello there, interested public! A terse but consequential digest includes a significant development in student loans, as the Justice Department took steps to curb state efforts to protect loan forgiveness. The Chief Justice of Iowa also had remarkably strong words for the state legislature on the state of access to justice in his state.

Until next week,
Sam

Student Loans

Access to Justice – Civil

Access to Justice – Criminal

Music Bonus!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpeisHYbKdE

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PSJD Public Interest News Digest – January 5, 2018

Sam Halpert, NALP Director of Public Service Initiatives

Hello there, interested public! Welcome to 2018. In a roundup of stories from the end of last year, the main news items involve continued discussion of the student debt crisis (both in DC and within state governments) and the impact of recent policy changes at the Department of Justice on post-Ferguson federal reforms of court fines.

Until next week,
Sam

Student Loans

Access to Justice – Civil

Access to Justice – Criminal

Music Bonus!

Tiny Desk Concerts are often excellent.

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PSJD Public Interest News Digest – December 15, 2017

Sam Halpert, NALP Director of Public Service Initiatives

Hello there, interested public! We’re headed into a photo-finish for 2017, with a flurry of activity related to student loans, a new report from the Canadian federal government with potentially huge implications for the practice of individual rights law in that country, and additional developments in New York City legal services organizations ongoing attempts to prevent ICE from conducting arrests at local courthouses. Read below for additional details, as well as a few other juicy stories.

Until next week,
Sam

Student Loans

First, the context:

Legislators have a variety of ideas about how to handle the situation:

Meanwhile, state and federal agencies continue their work:

Legal Technology

Access to Justice – Civil

Access to Justice – Criminal

Music Bonus!

Who doesn’t like to watch a virtuoso?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFcPlv9RhEY

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PSJD Public Interest News Digest – December 8, 2017

Sam Halpert, NALP Director of Public Service Initiatives

Hello there, interested public! I’m writing to you live from this year’s annual NLADA Conference; expect to hear more about that in next week’s digest. This week, most stories sound in student loans, with news concerning virtually every aspect of the educational finance system. Also, be sure to read all the way to the end for big news out of Canada concerning civil access to justice.

Until next week,
Sam

Student Loans

Disaster Legal Aid

Access to Justice – Criminal

Access to Justice – Civil

Music Bonus!

Something cinematic, I think:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tvUPFsaj5s<//a>

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PSJD Public Interest News Digest – December 1, 2017

Sam Halpert, NALP Director of Public Service Initiatives

Hello there, interested public! Hope you all enjoyed Thanksgiving. Recent news concerning our community involves a few themes, including strategic disputes when considering court reforms (cash bail and right to council in eviction cases, in California), concerns about the Sixth Amendment (in South Carolina and California, again), and the role of technology in access to justice (in Ontario and among law schools).

Welcome to December,
Sam

Student Loans

Immigration

Access to Justice – Criminal

Access to Justice – Civil

 

Music Bonus!

All that, and a trombone:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxmDKtAvqpM

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PSJD Public Interest News Digest – November 17, 2017

Sam Halpert, NALP Director of Public Service Initiatives

Hello there, interested public! After a Veterans’ Day hiatus and some technical difficulties with the collection of woodland creatures that bring me the news, the Digest returns! Among other things, this week has seen minor disagreements between judges and defenders over caseloads in Michigan, and major ones in Missouri. Student loan debt was also a theme, as legislators in DC and Wisconsin floated new loan relief assistance plans.

Enjoy Thanksgiving next week; more from me here, after the holiday,
Sam

Student Loans

Federal Hiring

News in Canada

Access to Justice – Criminal

Access to Justice – Civil

 

Music Bonus!

Just because:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSW1kUtuVQk

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PSJD Public Interest News Digest – November 3, 2017

Sam Halpert, NALP Director of Public Service Initiatives

Hello there, interested public! I hope everyone had a good National Pro Bono Week last week–there was lots to do here in DC, including the NALP/PSJD Public Service Mini-Conference and the Equal Justice Works Career Fair. Thanks to everyone who was able to attend, and especially to those of you who contributed to the week’s programming.

Now, let’s catch up on the news. Highlights include a Harvard Law Record report causing a stir at Harvard and more broadly about the legal academy’s proper role in society and ongoing dramas concerning student debt policy, cash bail in California, and public defenders’ responsibilities in Missouri.

Until next week,
Sam

Editor’s Pick: Harvard Law Record Challenges Harvard Law School to Assume Greater Social Responsibility

Student Loans

Disaster Legal Aid

Immigration

Access to Justice : Civil

Access to Justice : Criminal

Indigenous People & The Law

Music Bonus!

With compliments of the season:

https://youtu.be/sOnqjkJTMaA

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PSJD Public Interest News Digest – October 13, 2017

Sam Halpert, NALP Director of Public Service Initiatives

Hello there, interested public! It’s Friday again, and our world has been pretty busy this week–particularly in relation to student loans and structural issues related to public defender services. To see what I mean, read on!

Until next week,
Sam

Student Loans & Consumer Law

Conflict on Campus

Law & Technology

Pro Bono

Disaster Response

Civil Justice

Criminal Justice

Music Bonus!

This week, it’s a classic film bonus also!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SQ4ogstDVE

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PSJD Public Interest News Digest – October 6, 2017

Sam Halpert, NALP Director of Public Service Initiatives

Happy Friday, everyone! I and many other NALP staffers will be out of the office today for the NALP Summit on Emerging Careers for Law Grads. In keeping with today’s theme, therefore, some choice words from legal futurist Richard Susskind:

“[I]f you’re interested in access to justice, there’s never been a better time because you can greatly change the way in which we deliver access to justice.”

Richard Susskind, in remarks to the Indiana State Bar Association (28 Sept. 2017)

Immigration/DACA

Student Loans

Disaster Relief

Civil Access to Justice

Criminal Justice

Music Bonus!

And now, some parting words from Leonard Cohen:

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PSJD Public Interest News Digest – September 29, 2017

Sam Halpert, NALP Director of Public Service Initiatives

Editor’s Pick: “As Dust Settles, Law School Rises
(UVA Law Responds to Charlottesville)

Okay folks. If you only read one article in the digest this week, make it this one. It’s packed with both personal and professional perspectives from those students, faculty, and administrators most publicly and painfully tested by the civic challenges confronting our campuses.

In other protest-related news:

DACA/Immigration

Student Loans & Consumer Law

Civil Access to Justice

First, the news from Canada:

And now, the United States:

Criminal Justice

Music Bonus!

If you’re still searching for your groove this year, you might try this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6AN1-CTUXM

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