Lawyers Urge Uniformity in Courts’ Pandemic Response

Legal aid attorneys urged California lawmakers on Tuesday to impose uniformity on state courts trying to operate in the pandemic, favoring rules that promote technology to resolve cases over in-person hearings, and consistent health and safety guidelines for the state’s 58 trial courts. The lawyers... Continue reading >

Pro-bono legal service requests spike during COVID

As people continue to struggle through the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for pro-bono legal services has spiked, putting more demand on nonprofit legal organizations like Pisgah Legal Services and Legal Aid. Pisgah Legal Services, which opened an office in Highlands/Cashiers last year, and Legal... Continue reading >

‘The need is enormous’: Moratorium not stopping evictions in Wisconsin

A federal ban on evictions has not kept landlords from finding ways to remove people from their homes during the pandemic. The CDC's eviction moratorium order took effect Sept. 4. It aims to keep people from becoming homeless as the coronavirus spreads. President Biden recently extended that ban on... Continue reading >

Community Legal Aid warns of COVID-19 tax issues

Community Legal Aid advises that navigating the world of taxes is more complex this year for low-income Ohioans. “There are a number of new things to consider when filing your tax returns this year,” Legal Aid attorney Dana Goldstein said in a news release. Goldstein said COVID-19 relief packages... Continue reading >

LSC Board Re-Elects John G. Levi and Father Pius Pietrzyk to Leadership Positions

LSC Chair John G. Levi and Vice Chair Father Pius Pietrzyk were re-elected to their leadership positions at the most recent LSC Board meeting. Levi is a partner at Sidley Austin LLP based in Chicago. He is LSC’s longest-serving Chair, having served in the position since 2010. Father Pius is Chair... Continue reading >

Judge grants eviction against St. Peters woman too sick from COVID-19 to be allowed in courthouse

Sommai Peterson has been in the battle of her life for months. In December 2020, she was diagnosed with COVID-19, and couldn't work her Amazon job until she got better. Bills started to pile up. "I just couldn't afford paying the rent," Peterson said. "I had to figure out how to get my car fixed,... Continue reading >

Lawsuit seeks to limit in-person L.A. County civil trials because of COVID-19 risk

A number of public interest attorneys filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to halt in-person traffic and eviction trials held in Los Angeles County, claiming COVID-19 prevention protocols are failing after two court interpreters who were infected died in recent weeks. The suit, brought by Public Counsel... Continue reading >

The CDC’s moratorium on evictions prevents some but not all cases of homelessness

After two extensions, the CDC moratorium on evictions is set to expire on March 31. In Eau Claire County, it’s cut the number of evictions in half compared with 2019 eviction cases. As First News at Nine’s Maria Blough reports experts worry, they’ll be a tidal wave of cases once the moratorium is... Continue reading >

Lawsuit seeks to halt some in-person appearances at L.A. County courts due to COVID-19 concerns

Five organizations filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday, Feb. 9, seeking to halt some in-person court appearances until the COVID-19 pandemic is over. The lawsuit at the Spring Street Courthouse asked the court system to put a pause on in-person hearings for... Continue reading >

Texas tenants behind on rent will soon be able to seek aid from $1.3B assistance program

State officials plan to roll out a $1.3 billion rental assistance program for Texans struggling to keep up with housing payments during a shaky economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The new program comes after a separate state initiative was criticized for its limited scope and because... Continue reading >