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Court Disqualifies District Attorney as Co-Counsel for Landlord in Holdover Proceeding: New York City Civil Court granted a motion to disqualify a Bronx District Attorney from serving as co-counsel to a petitioner, who was also represented by private counsel. The court decided that as a government attorney, the DA would have to waive or compromise the interests of law enforcement and the public, and thus does not have authority to represent the landlord's interest alone. Click here to read the decision.
An Affordable Home on Re-entry: Federally Assisted Housing and Previously Incarcerated Individuals: Guide and informational manual by the National Housing Law Project regarding eligibility and the application process for federal assisted housing for individuals who have been incarcerated. Click here to read the report.
Critical Condition: African American Youth in Justice System: Policy brief by Campaign for Youth Justice reviews the involvement of African-American youth in the juvenile justice system, and highlights the current state of inequality. The report also provides examples of promising solutions and policy recommendations to reduce these disparities. Click here to read the report
Federal Crack Cocaine Sentencing: An assessment of the cocaine sentencing debate by The Sentencing Project explores the racial impact of the crack sentencing disparity, clarifies misconceptions regarding crack addiction, and outlines solutions to eliminate sentencing unfairness. Click here to read the policy brief.
*Upcoming Events & Opportunities*
The College Initiative Graduation Celebration: College Initiative's graduation celebration will honor 27 men and women who have completed Associate, Bachelor and Graduate degrees during 2008-2009. The evening's Program will include distinguished speakers Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubrey and Glenn Martin, Vice President of Development and Public Affairs, The Fortune Society. There will also be special awards presentation. The event will include buffet dinner and feature music by graduate Rod William. RSVP is required. The event is scheduled for June 26th. Please contact Charlene Griffin at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information.
The Bronx Defenders Annual Block Party- Community Empowerment through Involvement: Don't forget to save July 2nd, 2009 for the Bronx Defenders annual block party. The community is coming together for music, games, a basketball shootout, advocacy and service organizations, and performances. It promises to be a great event, so make sure to clear your schedule and join us for the ponies, burgers and coquitos and prizes and find out how you can get involved in your community. For more information, please contact Dawit Getachew at 718-838-7878. Please feel free to download and distribute attached flyer!
The Rights of Relatives as Parents in Family Court: LIFT, an organization dedicated to empowering court-involved families with legal information and compassionate guidance so that they can successfully navigate the Family Court system has organized a free workshop on the right of relatives as parents in Family Court. The event will be held on July 7th at 5:30. For more information, contact LIFT at Workshop@LIFTonline.org or (212) 343 1122.
Understanding & Navigating the Criminal Justice System: The Center for Alternative Sentencing & Employment Services (CASES) and the Legal Aid Society is pleased to announce the 101 introduction to the NYC Criminal Justice System. This is a free, all day training Offered to de-mystify this complex system and help providers learn where they can most effectively advocate for their consumers. intended for case managers, ACT, day treatment, clinic, substance abuse, vocational, shelter and supportive housing staff working with the mentally ill population. The training follows the process from arrest through conviction showing the various places where there is room for interventions. The event will be held on July 9th. For more information or to register, contact Meredith Canada at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 553-6342.
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