Home Daily News 'Meeting unmet legal needs' is the focus… Legislation & Lobbying By Amanda Robert Posted April 10, 2019, 10:35 am CDT ABA leaders and state and local bar members from around the country will meet with their congressional representatives on Capitol Hill this week as part of ABA Day, an annual initiative organized by the Governmental Affairs Office to encourage members to advocate for issues of critical importance to the legal profession. As in many past years, ABA members will focus on increasing funding for Legal Services Corp., the largest funder of civil legal aid to low-income Americans. Created in 1974, the organization supports 132 independent nonprofit legal aid programs in every state, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. ABA President Bob Carlson says the ABA has a long history of supporting federal legal aid, beginning with Lewis F. Powell Jr., who served as ABA president in the 1960s and later became a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. … [Read more...] about ‘Meeting unmet legal needs’ is the focus of 2019 ABA Day
SOMETIMES childcare can be an annoying and expensive headache - especially when the kids are off school for a couple of weeks at a time. But can you leave your children at home alone while you pop out? Here we explain the UK law on leaving little ones on their own... How old do your kids have to be before they can be left at home on their own? UK law doesn't give a set age on when it is legal to leave your kids at home alone. But the law does state that you shouldn't leave little ones alone at home or in a car if they could be exposed to risks. This means parents can be left to decide if their kids are mature enough to be home alone. It is thought that because mums and dads know their youngsters best, they can make the best decision on whether they can manage on their own. What are the guidelines given to parents about leaving their children on their own? The NSPCC has drawn up their own advice and guidelines on when children can be left alone. They say that under no circumstances … [Read more...] about What age can you leave your child at home alone? This is how old your kids legally need to be before they can be left alone
Home Daily News Have an innovative idea to serve community… Access to Justice By Stephanie Francis Ward Posted October 10, 2018, 6:00 am CDT The Legal Aid of the Bluegrass used their 2018 ABE Opportunity Grant to outfit a mobile office dubbed "Justice Bus." The deadline to apply for the 2019 grants is Oct. 31. Photo courtesy of Legal Aid of the Bluegrass. Applications are open for the American Bar Endowment's Opportunity Grant Program, which gives one-time monetary awards to innovative legal services or research programs offered by nonprofit groups. Previous Opportunity Grant awardees include Kentucky's Legal Aid of the Bluegrass, which used the money to buy a Mercedes Sprinter van outfitted with a mobile law office, and the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, which started a medical-legal partnership embedded in a diagnostic clinic for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. “Usually you have to have an established program, then you go into the funding world to … [Read more...] about Have an innovative idea to serve community legal needs? This ABE grant program could be for you
Home Daily News Can licensed legal paraprofessionals narrow… Defending Justice By Patrick McGlone Posted September 6, 2018, 6:05 am CDT Patrick McGlone Proposals for addressing the commonplace civil legal needs of low- and moderate-income persons by authorizing limited practice by licensed nonlawyer paraprofessionals have been gaining acceptance. Unlike paralegals, such paraprofessionals provide services without supervision by an attorney. Two state supreme courts have embraced the licensed legal technician concept, and other jurisdictions are closely studying it. Given the high percentage of self-represented parties in courtrooms around the country, some advocates believe regulated legal paraprofessionals charging lower fees can help narrow the access-to-justice gap. That may one day be the case, but the paraprofessional model and its efficacy in addressing that gap remain unproven. Washington state pioneered the limited license model. In 2013, after years of study, the … [Read more...] about Can licensed legal paraprofessionals narrow the access-to-justice gap?
Fenit Nirappil and Marissa J. Lang, The Washington Post Published 10:01 am PDT, Tuesday, August 28, 2018 People rally in Washington's Columbia Heights neighborhood in July to protest recent arrests in the neighborhood of undocumented immigrants by federal agents. Some called on Mayor Muriel Bowser, a Democrat, to do more to protect residents. less People rally in Washington's Columbia Heights neighborhood in July to protest recent arrests in the neighborhood of undocumented immigrants by federal agents. Some called on Mayor Muriel Bowser, a Democrat, to ... more Photo: Washington Post Photo By Arelis Hernández. Photo: Washington Post Photo By Arelis Hernández. Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 People rally in Washington's Columbia Heights neighborhood in July to protest recent arrests in the … [Read more...] about District of Columbia has legal aid for immigrants, but the city doesn’t use tax dollars to help undocumented ones that are detained