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LAS Calls to Expand Right to Counsel, Increase Tenant Protections

Adriene Holder, Attorney-in-Charge of our Civil Practice, testified that there are households who are struggling but do not qualify for representation under the existing Right to Counsel law.
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LAS Sheds Light on Contaminated DNA at City Medical Examiner

These errors led to at least two wrongful arrests, and at least one wrongful entry of a DNA profile into the OCME’s local index, according to The Appeal.
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LTE: Albany Must Legalize Marijuana Now

Anthony Posada, Supervising Attorney of the Community Justice Unit at The Legal Aid Society, responded to a recent opinion piece in the New York Daily News urging state lawmakers to repeal marijuana legalization.
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LAS in the News 2.21.20

We have an intrinsic connection to the daily lives of New Yorkers. Here are a few of the places we made a difference, provided context or added valuable perspective this week.
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LAS, Elected Officials and Tenants Call on City to Save Crumbling Bronx Building

The current landlords owe $12.6 million to the city and property taxes have not been paid in more than three decades, according to THE CITY.
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Amy Pont, of LAS’ Immigration Law Unit, Honored as Univision’s February Angel

Pont, whose mother is Colombian, fights for the rights of immigrants and represents dozens of families who come to this country.
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LAS Decries Trump Decision to Deploy BORTAC in Sanctuary Cities

“The Trump Administration’s decision to deploy BORTAC in sanctuary cities across the nation does nothing but jeopardize public safety and further terrorizes immigrant communities," Hasan Shafiqullah, Attorney-in-Charge of the Immigration Law Unit, tells El Diario.
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LAS in the News 2.14.20

We have an intrinsic connection to the daily lives of New Yorkers. Here are a few of the places we made a difference, provided context or added valuable perspective this week.
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LAS Criminal Defense Practice Offers Expertise to Staten Island Community

The Legal Aid Society joined Univision 41 at an event on Staten Island this week to connect people seeking answers and legal assistance.
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LAS Slams City for Piecemeal Changes to Controversial DNA Collection, Storage Practices

Under the police plan, the NYPD would continue to engage its surreptitious collection initiative, according to the New York Daily News.
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