Hampton Roads is among the worst areas in the nation for evictions of rental tenants.New data on court-ordered evictions lays bare this statistic: All of the region’s cities in 2016 saw judges order tenants out of their homes at least three times the average national rate.The figures come from Princeton University’s Eviction Lab and do not say how many people were physically evicted from their homes, only how many went through the courts.But they do show that landlords asked courts to issue eviction orders for between a third and a fifth of the region’s renting households, depending on the city. In roughly a third of those cases, the courts ordered tenants out. Large cities are defined to have a population greater than 100,000. Mid-size cities are between 20,000 and 99,999. Source: The Eviction Lab Built by Will Houp | The Virginian-Pilot Why the rates are so high in Hampton Roads is harder to pin down.Those with an eye on the problem point to several possible … [Read more...] about Why eviction rates in Hampton Roads are among the worst in the United States
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Guinness World Records may be the pop culture authority on the world’s oldest person. But when it comes to figuring out which is the oldest law firm in the United States, Guinness is silent—but the Internet isn’t.The title belongs to Rawle & Henderson, the venerable firm begun in Philadelphia—home of Independence Hall and Ben Franklin—just seven years after the nation was born.Another firm, Howard, Kohn, Sprague & FitzGerald of Hartford, Conn., describes itself on its website as “the oldest law firm in continuous practice in the United States.” But by its own claim, it was founded in 1786 as the law firm of one Enoch Perkins. That makes it a mere 228 to Rawle & Henderson’s 231.Thomas A. Kuzmick, a Rawle & Henderson partner, says he wrote to Howard Kohn a couple of years ago, congratulating the firm on its longevity and asking about its claim to be the oldest, but got no response. The Howard Kohn site does not refer to … [Read more...] about Which law firm is the oldest in the United States?
Concerns about national security have driven much of our recent immigration policy—and many of the discussions taking place in the current U.S. presidential election. But how do policymakers balance those concerns with the rights of American citizens and the human rights of people seeking refuge from violence overseas? Two panels at the ABA’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco tackled those difficult topics on Thursday and Saturday.Thursday’s panel, “U.S. Border Wars: Preventing Terrorism and Protecting Vulnerable Populations,” looked at the border from a counterterrorism perspective. Professor Mohammad Hafez of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, opined that “extraordinary measures” at the border have diminishing returns these days. While the Sept. 11 hijackers were foreign nationals here on temporary visas, he said, more recent attacks came largely from U.S. citizens who have been radicalized without strong ties to organized … [Read more...] about How should the United States balance border security and human rights?
An Indiana patient rights law led one Indiana nursing home to go along with the wishes of a resident who specified she wanted only white caregivers.The law says patients can choose their “providers of services” and nursing homes must reasonably accommodate residents’ preferences, the Associated Press reports. Plainfield Healthcare Center allowed patients to dictate the race of their certified nursing assistants, noting on the daily assignment sheet for one of its black workers, Brenda Chaney, that one resident “prefers no black CNAs.”Chaney eventually challenged the practice and won a ruling last month by the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The racial preference policy violates federal discrimination laws by creating a hostile work environment, the opinion said.Steve Maag, director of assisted living and continuing care at the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, told AP that he gets questions several times a year from … [Read more...] about Patient Rights Pitted Against Civil Rights in Nursing Home Bias Case
Podcast transcript: This ABA Journal podcast is brought to you by WestlawNext, the legal research platform chosen by over 40,000 legal organizations for their tradition of editorial excellence combined with the most advanced technology. Learn more at WestlawNext.com.Stephanie Francis Ward: This August will mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights March on Washington. Much has changed since then, but many say more needs to be done. I’m Stephanie Francis Ward and that’s what we’re discussing today on the ABA journal podcast.Joining me are David Coar, a recently retired Northern District of Illinois judge and an Alabama native who in 1970 began his legal career with the NAACP legal defense and education fund; Julius Chambers, a North Carolina lawyer who over the years has argued and won numerous landmark Civil Rights cases; and Eleanor Holmes Norton, a lawyer and a Washington, D.C., congresswoman who was the first woman to head the Equal Employment Opportunity … [Read more...] about Why Leading Civil Rights Lawyer Advised Susan Rice Against Law School (Podcast with Transcript)