Public Interest

595 ABA Journal Public Interest articles.

Assistant public defender: ‘I just personally like to give back’

LaToya Bell, an assistant public defender in Houston County in Georgia, a member of the ABA’s Young Lawyers Division and Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division, and a member of the State Bar of Georgia’s Young Lawyers Division, handles as many as 200 to 250 cases at any time involving misdemeanors and traffic offenses in state court. She has earned her own reputation for being hopeful for her clients—hopeful not only that justice is served, but that she can in some way improve their lives.

5th Circuit denies transgender prisoner’s request to use female pronouns, change court records

A federal appeals court has refused to refer to a transgender inmate by her preferred female pronouns and rejected her request to change court records to reflect her new name.

The court of public opinion: Why litigation PR is a critical component of a case

A lawyer’s duties do not begin and end at the courtroom door. They extend beyond to the proverbial court of public opinion. As a lawyer and PR consultant, James F. Haggerty has shared how to properly handle the media aspects of litigation in his new book.

Amtrak apologizes after Sherrilyn Ifill says conductor asked her to give up her train seat
Amtrak has apologized to Sherrilyn Ifill, the president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, after she tweeted that a conductor asked her to give up her train seat for other people who would be boarding.
Supreme Court rejects fast-track review of health care law, making review before election unlikely
The U.S. Supreme Court refused Tuesday to grant fast-track review to a new constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act, making it unlikely that the case will be decided before the 2020 presidential election.
Trump lawyer Dershowitz acknowledges many disagree with his take on ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’
Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard Law professor emeritus and a member of President Donald Trump’s impeachment defense team, acknowledges in a New York Times interview that most constitutional scholars disagree with his interpretation of “high crimes and misdemeanors.”
SCOTUS adds cases on wayward presidential electors, contraceptive coverage exemptions
The U.S. Supreme Court added two high-profile cases on Friday to its docket concerning faithless presidential electors and expanded exemptions to mandated contraceptive coverage.
Afternoon Briefs: Youths’ climate-change suit tossed; Ken Starr and Alan Dershowitz join Trump legal team

9th Circuit tosses youths’ climate-change suit on standing grounds

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at San Francisco dismissed Friday a climate-change lawsuit filed on behalf of…

Homeless man who lives in cardboard boxes says state law gave him the right to defend his home
A homeless man who uses cardboard boxes for shelter is citing New York’s castle doctrine as a defense in a criminal case accusing him of attacking two men with a knife.
Felons in Florida must pay all fees and fines before they can vote, state’s top court says
Felons in Florida have to pay fees, fines and restitution before their voting rights are restored, according to a Florida Supreme Court advisory opinion.
What does Equal Rights Amendment ratification in Virginia mean for its chances?

The Equal Rights Amendment has been battling the numbers since 1979, at which time it fell three states short of becoming part of the Constitution. As of 2020, however, just one state was needed to meet a state count threshold to pass the ERA—that’s until Virginia made history on Wednesday, ratifying the amendment.

9 tips on how to dress for the courtroom
We’ve all heard the cliches: You only get one chance to make a first impression, dress for success, and you are what you wear. While these maxims are familiar, they are also true. You are judged in less than seven seconds, so dressing appropriately can help you win or lose your case.
Afternoon Briefs: Michael Avenatti is accused of bail violations; Virginia is 38th state to ratify ERA

Michael Avenatti is arrested for alleged bail violations

The lawyer who once represented adult film actress Stormy Daniels has been arrested for alleged bail violations. The federal government contends that,…

Afternoon Briefs: Lawyer can’t avoid pro bono appointment, AG Barr wants Apple to unlock gunman’s iPhones

Lawyer appointed to pro bono case can’t avoid representation, federal judge rules

A Connecticut lawyer appointed as pro bono counsel in a prisoner’s civil rights case doesn’t qualify for an…

State supreme court affirms 12-year sentence for inmate’s cellphone possession
The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld the 12-year sentence of a man convicted for having a cellphone in jail.

Read more ...




Web First
Assistant public defender: ‘I just personally like to give back’
Original reporting ...
Topics: Career & Practice
Afternoon Briefs: Bill would allow law school to ax segregationist's name; Cipollone said to be material witness
Complete list of topics ...


Your Voice
9 tips on how to dress for the courtroom
Articles and commentary ...
Podcasts
The court of public opinion: Why litigation PR is a critical component of a case
More podcasts ...