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Alabama Governor Kay Ivey Issues Ban on Evictions

4.6.2020
On Friday, April 3, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey issued a proclamation to prevent law enforcement officers from removing tenants from their homes. It grants temporary relief from foreclosures and evictions, but residents are still obligated to pay rent or mortgages. "Tenants need to know their rent is... Continue reading >

Cyberattack Compounds Coronavirus Problems in Durham

4.6.2020
Days before COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, Durham’s city and county services were already struggling with a cybervirus that knocked out their technology. The pandemic and the malware attack now have collided for the Durham County Department of Social Services ,... Continue reading >

Coping With A Pandemic: ASU's Rebecca Sandefur

4.6.2020
Rebecca Sandefur, a professor at Arizona State University and faculty fellow with the American Bar Foundation, where she founded the access to justice research initiative, recently shared with Law360 the challenges the pandemic has created in her area of work. “In access to justice generally, there... Continue reading >

Unsafe At Home: Virus Stirs Domestic Violence Fears

4.6.2020
While the stay-at-home measures may help “flatten the curve” of new COVID-19 cases, they also pose a unique threat to people in abusive relationships. How do you stay home when home is not a safe place to stay? According to Dorchen Leidholdt, the director of the Center for Battered Women’s Legal... Continue reading >

Legal Aid Groups, Federal Courts Benefit from CARES Act

4.6.2020
For Mid-Missouri Legal Services, grant funding from the $2.2 trillion federal relief package cannot come soon enough. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security, or CARES Act, includes a $50 million appropriation for LSC, which plans to make $2 million available to legal aid organizations... Continue reading >

Access to Justice Is Not a Luxury Affordable Only in Good Times

4.6.2020
Jonathan Lippman, former Chief Judge of New York, joined David Miranda to talk about the partnership between New York State Bar Association and the court system to build a pro bono network of lawyers in response to COVID-19. Listen here. Continue reading >

Rent and Mortgage Payment Concerns During COVID-19

4.6.2020
In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid representatives say residents are already feeling the financial impact. They are receiving calls around the clock for legal assistance. Attorneys are advising everyone to prepare for the month of May because although eviction hearings... Continue reading >

Tenants Remain Vulnerable to Predatory Landlords

4.6.2020
A tenant getting tased and forcefully removed. Landlords changing card readers and locking people out of their apartments. A coronavirus patient sitting in her room, terrified of being thrown out because property managers will not let her come into the office to pay. These are just some of the... Continue reading >

Legal Aid Offices Operating Remotely in the Age of COVID-19

4.3.2020
Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, legal aid agencies responded to disasters by getting out into the community and holding clinics for people who need legal help to advise them about their rights, available programs and benefits. According to Monica Vigues-Pitan, executive director of Legal... Continue reading >

Online Unemployment Benefits Systems Buckle Under New Applicant Wave

4.3.2020
As unemployment claims hit unprecedented levels, digital systems meant to provide benefits to workers are showing signs of strain. In states like Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, Michigan and Hawaii, the online benefits systems have buckled under the surge of new applicants. Access to systems... Continue reading >

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