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LAS in the News 05.20.22

At The Legal Aid Society our Civil, Criminal Defense, Juvenile Rights, and Pro Bono practices work tirelessly in and out of the courtroom to defend our clients and dismantle the hidden, systemic barriers that can prevent them from thriving in New York City. We seek to be a beacon of hope for those who feel neglected —regardless of who they are, where they come from, or how they identify. Our experienced teams provide comprehensive services, support, and advocacy that protect rights, keep families and communities together, and in many cases, saves lives. 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:

LAS welcomes Twyla Carter as Attorney-In-Chief and Chief Executive Officer

NYLJ: Leading Bail Reform Advocate to Take Reins as Legal Aid’s CEO
BLAC Life, Arts and Culture: Twyla Carter Becomes First Black Woman, Asian American to Helm LAS
Bloomberg Law: Legal Aid Society Appoints Twyla Carter Attorney-in-Chief, CEO
Law360: Legal Aid Taps 1st Black Woman, 1st Asian American Leader
Queens Daily Eagle: Legal Aid Names New CEO
Caribbean Life: Twyla Carter becomes first Black woman to head nation’s largest public defender

Court holds Department of Correction in contempt over access to medical care

NYT: Judge Faults Medical Care for Detainees in Latest Sign of Rikers Crisis
CBS New York: DOC found in contempt over Rikers Island medical care
NYDN: Bronx judge finds city in contempt for missed medical visits on Rikers Island
Politico: Rikers reform plan submitted to court in bid to avoid federal takeover of city jail
Hell Gate NYC: Rikers Guard Sick-Out Just Put the Department of Correction in Contempt of Court
Patch: City Held In Contempt Over Missed Medical Appointments In NYC Jails
Gothamist: Rikers federal monitor issues cautiously optimistic outlook for reform
Queens Daily Eagle: Court Rules Against Rikers in Medical Case
NY1: City files Rikers reform plan to avoid federal takeoverPatch: Rikers Remains ‘Potentially Life-Threatening,’ Federal Monitor Says
More LAS in the news

Crain’s: Income requirements discriminate against renters with housing vouchers: lawsuit
Documented NY: The Central American Minors Program Struggles to Get Back on Its Feet
AMNY: Legal expert calls on Hochul for new legislation supporting minors in police custody
City Limits: What Will it Take To Remove the Mold From This Washington Heights Apartment?
AMNY: We demand action now!’ Recent Rikers Island deaths renew advocates’ call for major reforms
CBS New York: NYC faces deadline to submit plan for improving conditions on Rikers Island
SI Advance: Court-assigned counsel sues NYC, state for first rate increase in nearly two decades
Vice: Data Marketplace Selling Info About Who Uses Period Tracking Apps