Access to Justice

If you’re a family law practitioner, you’ve probably encountered several situations where you’ve had to evaluate and balance the need for information with the need for compassion. If you’re a domestic violence law practitioner, you probably do this every day. And if so, maybe your internal dialogue about the process of collecting information from your clients looks like some variation

Pomona public defender Chrashawn Jackson knew that if she wanted to create a grassroots program to cut through the blight of human trafficking in her hometown, there was only one way to do it–by walking into the Blade.The approximately 1-mile stretch of Holt Ave. in Pomona is one of several infamous corridors of prostitution and human trafficking in Southern California.

For as long as the modern legal system has existed, access to justice has been a factor in how it moves and who it benefits the most. California has long been a place where wealth gap disparities in the legal system are on full display.In the face of eviction, custody disputes and debt collection — issues that millions of Californians

Strength in numbers is a mantra touted by any organization looking to make its mark, but it’s the mission behind that strength that sets them apart. In the case of the California Association of Black Lawyers, collective strength is more than just a mission–it’s a necessity.Throughout California’s far-flung counties, attorneys that make up each individual Black lawyer organizations in

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