Access to Justice

Though many of us naively strolled into 2021 thinking nothing could be as frighteningly eventful as 2020, in the law community those notions were quickly dispelled. As the pandemic wore on and laws in the state continued to adjust on a daily basis, California’s ever-changing legal landscape got even more complicated. Part of tracking legal news for CEB and writing

Although there are several barriers that impede access to justice for domestic violence survivors seeking court-ordered protection, two of these barriers are being addressed head-on by the passage of Assembly Bill 887: in-person court filings and access to self-help information.

Introduced by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin) and signed into law by Governor Newsom on October 8, 2021, AB 887

Whether you’re a lawyer, a defendant, a juror or a member of the public, having your voice heard during a trial largely depends on one person–the judge. As the masters of the courtroom, these robed referees hold the most power and leave the most lasting impression after a verdict is read, whether it’s a criminal trial, a child custody battle

Lasya, a recent graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Law, is careful to emphasize that she’s relatively fortunate. She’s been gainfully employed throughout the pandemic, making just over $200,000 a year at a BigLaw firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. And when she was in law school, her parents were able to cover those three years of living

In September 2016, after a five-year investigation, the U.S. Department of Justice’s civil rights division made an announcement: it had reached an agreement with Los Angeles County Superior Court to resolve allegations that the court was discriminating against its users based on their national origin.

The department launched the federal probe in response to an administrative complaint filed in 2010

It was 2018, and one of Asher Waite-Jones’ clients was making minimum wage working part-time in a warehouse when he was assessed about $2000 in fines and fees for a DUI conviction. To pay those, the client, a young man in his 20s, dropped out of school so he could pick up additional work hours. But not long afterward, he

We’re used to the idea that good lawyers aren’t born, they’re made. But for mentors like Maria Hall, it’s how they’re made that’s important.

Every year in February, Hall–the director of the Los Angeles Incubator Consortium–ushers in a new cohort of 10-12 newly-minted law grads to show them the recipe for success as a free-thinking, adaptable and driven law practitioner.

Claiming the court prioritizes non-essential operations over “community safety and human life,” five legal aid organizations on Tuesday sued Los Angeles County Superior Court Presiding Judge Kevin Brazile for holding certain hearings in person during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

In a complaint filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the organizations claim that by permitting and sometimes mandating in-person appearances