Legal Aid Society

Press Room

For press inquiries, contact:

Redmond J. Haskins
Director of Media Relations
The Legal Aid Society

Current Press Releases and Statements:

June 2022

06/27/22 LAS Statement from Counsel for Daniel Gill
06/24/22 LAS Statement on SCOTUS Ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization
06/24/22 Data: DOC Still in Contempt for Failing to Ensure Incarcerated New Yorkers’ Access to Care
06/23/22 LAS Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Ruling in NYS Rifle & Pistol Association v. Kevin P. Bruen
06/22/22 LAS Statement on Mayor Adams’ Correction-Related Announcement
06/21/22 LAS Condemns Rent Guidelines Board Vote to Increase Rents on Vulnerable New Yorkers
06/21/22 LAS Statement on the Death of Albert Drye, 8th New Yorker to Pass in DOC Custody this Year
06/21/22 Newark Repeals “Needy Person Ban” in Wake of Litigation Brought By Lowenstein, LAS
06/21/22 LAS Calls for a Freeze on All NYC Rent Increases
06/19/22 LAS Statement on Juneteenth
06/17/22 Report: DHS Delays Its Plan to Add Burdensome Requirements for Homeless New Yorkers
06/16/22 LAS Lauds Publication of Prison Labor Report from ACLU, University of Chicago Law School
06/16/22 LAS Lauds Governor Hochul for Signing the Public Housing Preservation Trust into Law
06/16/22 LAS Announces Distribution of Over $22 Million in a Class Action Settlement
06/15/22 LAS Lauds SCOTUS Vote to Dismiss Effort to Defend Trump-Era Public Charge Rule
06/14/22  LAS Statement on Mayor Eric Adams’ Housing Plan
06/09/22 Defenders and Legal Services Organizations Call for Increased Resources
06/08/22 LAS Launches Campaign to Educate New Yorkers on their Parole Rights
06/07/22 LAS, 70+ Organizations Call for Greater Access to Early Voting in NYC Jails
06/07/22  City Data: DOC Failed to Facilitate Almost 40K Medical Appointments
06/06/22 LAS and Advocates Rally for Greater Access to Early Voting in NYC Jails
06/04/22 LAS Lauds Passage of Debt Collection Protections, Calls on Governor to Sign
06/03/22 Advocates Applaud Legislation to Premitting Health Care Consent for Minors
06/02/22 LAS Condemns City for Moving Elder and High Risk Homeless New Yorkers
06/02/22 LAS Lauds Passage of the Public Housing Preservation Trust and Calls on Governor to Sign it
06/01/22 LAS Secures Historic Reforms to Port Authority Police Department’s Discriminatory Practices

May 2022

05/26/22 LAS Urges Albany Lawmakers to Pass Good Cause Eviction Protection
05/25/22 LAS, Milbank LLP Secure Working WiFi for 11,000+ Homeless Students at 240+ City Shelters
05/25/22 LAS Statement on the Two-Year Anniversary of George Floyd’s Murder
05/24/22 Statement from Counsel for Andrew Abdullah
05/23/22 New Poll Shows Support for “Good Cause” Eviction Protection in Every Region of NYS
05/23/22 NYPD Neighborhood Safety Team Trainees Have Documented Histories of CCRB Complaints
05/17/22 Statement from Counsel for the Plaintiffs on Nunez v. City of New York et. al.
05/17/22 NYS Supreme Court Holds NYC Department of Correction in Contempt of Court
05/16/22 LAS Celebrates 45th Annual Servant of Justice Awards
05/16/22 Advisory: Vigil in Honor of Those Who Have Died in DOC Custody Since 2021
05/16/22 Zachary Carter Calls for Legislation Ensuring Young New Yorkers Have Access to Counsel
05/13/22 LAS Announces Twyla Carter as Attorney-In-Chief and Chief Executive Officer
05/11/22  Statement From Counsel for Rameek Smith
05/11/22  LAS Lauds Committee Passage of Legislation to Create the Public Housing Preservation Trust
05/10/22 Investigation Leads to Landmark Lawsuit Against 28 Real Estate Brokers and Landlords
05/09/22 LAS Statement on BOC Report Concerning Recent Deaths of New Yorkers in City Custody
05/09/22 LAS Statement on New Poll Showing Continued Support for Good Cause Eviction Legislation
05/06/22 Coalition: Enact Legislation Ensuring Young New Yorkers Have Counsel Prior to Interrogation
05/06/22 LAS, Gibson Dunn Secure Ruling Striking Down Law Enforcement’s Use of Familial Search
05/05/22 LAS Condemns Rent Guidelines Board’s Preliminary Vote to Increase Rents
05/05/22 Ahead of Rent Guidelines Board Preliminary Vote, LAS Calls for a Freeze on Rent Increases
05/04/22 SI District Attorney Used Federal Asset Forfeiture Funds for Facial Recognition Software
05/03/22 NYC Council Testimony: Oversight: Unsheltered Homelessness in New York City
05/03/22 LAS Releases Know Your Rights Guide for New Yorkers Protesting SCOTUS on Roe v. Wade  
05/03/22 Advisory: Advocacy Day, Press Conference Demanding Passage of the Treatment Not Jail
05/02/22 Ahead of NYC Rent Guidelines Preliminary Vote, LAS Calls for a Freeze on All Adjustments

April 2022

04/27/22 LAS Calls for Legislation to Ensure Young New Yorkers Have Counsel Prior to Interrogation
04/26/22 Legal Services Providers, More Call on Court Administration to Reopen Harlem Housing Court 
04/26/22 Statement from Counsel for the Plaintiffs on Nunez v. City of New York et. al.
04/26/22 LAS NYC Defenders Call on Albany to Pass Critical Criminal Legal System Reforms
04/25/22 LAS Releases Statewide Child Welfare, Juvenile Legal System Legislative Priorities
04/22/22 LAS Releases Post-Budget 2022 Statewide Legislative Priorities for Civil Legal Services
04/20/22 Legal Services Organizations Create Amicus Brief in Support of the Good Cause Eviction Law
04/18/22 NYC Council Testimony: COVID-19 Impact on Health of Immigrant New Yorkers
04/18/22 LAS: OCA Must Limit the Calendaring of Housing Court Cases
04/14/22 LAS Condemns the NYC Rent Guidelines Board’s Recommend Rent Increases
04/14/22 LAS Statement on the Appointment of Adán Soltren to NYC’s Rent Guidelines Board
04/12/22  LAS Condemns Adams Administration Continued Sweep of Homeless Encampments
04/09/22 LAS Statement on Health-Related Issues in the FY 2023 New York State Executive Budget
04/09/22 LAS Statement on Housing Issues in the FY 2023 New York State Executive Budget
04/07/22 NYC Defenders Urge Lawmakers to Reject Hochul’s Mass Incarceration Plan in Budget
04/07/22 LAS Celebrates Confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to U.S. Supreme Court
04/06/22 Housing Rights Initiative Announces Agreement in Source-of-Income Discrimination Lawsuit 
04/06/22 Child Advocates File Lawsuit Seeking to Terminate the New York State Host Homes Program
04/05/22 LAS Calls on OCA to Slow the Calendaring of Housing Court Cases
04/04/22 City Data: DOC Continues to Deny Incarcerated New Yorkers Access to Critical Medical Care

March 2022

03/31/22  Ahead of NYS Budget Deadline, LAS Calls on Albany to Prioritize Tenants Over Politics
03/31/22  LAS Condemns NYS Senate’s Proposed Changes to Bail and Discovery Reforms
03/30/22 Defender Survey Details Widespread Successes of Discovery Reform
03/30/22 LAS Report: Broken Windows Policing Overwhelmingly Targets Communities of Color
03/23/22 LAS Statement on Mayor Adams, NYPD Reinstatement of Broken Windows Policing
03/23/22 LAS Secures Release Hearings for Incarcerated Clients Who Were Denied Due Process Rights
03/22/22 LAS Files Lawsuit Against the City’s Illegal and Orwellian DNA Collection and Storage Practices
03/20/22 LAS: Governor’s Crime Plan Takes NYS Backward, Undoing Pretrial Reforms, Raise The Age
03/20/22 LAS Statement on the Passing of Herman Diaz, the Third Person to Die in City Custody in 2022
03/18/22 Advisory: People’s Public Safety Rally
03/18/22 LAS Condemns Governor Hochul’s Proposed Regressive Changes to Raise The Age
03/17/22 Defenders Decry Governor’s Proposed Regressive Changes to Bail, Other Reforms
03/17/22  LAS Statement on Reporting of Governor Hochul’s Proposed Changes to Bail Reform
03/16/22 LAS Statement on Federal Monitor Special Report Concerning Abuse in New York City Jails
03/15/22 LAS to Albany: Lawmakers Must Ensure that FY23 Budget Includes at Least $1 Billion for ERAP
03/14/22 LAS Statement on NYPD’s Neighborhood Safety Teams
03/14/22 New York’s Leading Unions Call on Albany to Enact Good Cause Legislation
03/14/22 LAS Lauds Proposed Allocation of $250 Million to Create the Housing Access Voucher Program
03/14/22 LAS Statement on One-House Proposal Which Would Sunset Costly Real Estate Tax Breaks
03/10/22 LAS Lauds News that Those with Marijuana Convictions will be Prioritized for Retail Licenses
03/07/22  49 National BigLaw Firm Leaders Call On Legislature, Governor to Pass Clean Slate NY Act
03/02/22 LAS Files Mass Release Petition on Behalf of Clients Denied Rights Under the Less Is More Act
03/01/22 LAS Statement on the First Day of Implementation of the Less Is More Act

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