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Sep 17, 2019

New partnership to offer legal aid at Health Care for the Homeless

Homeless people who need legal help to obtain disability benefits and other social services will soon be able to consult with a lawyer at Health Care for the Homeless’ headquarters in downtown Baltimore. Attorney Gabriela Sevilla recently began a two-year fellowship awarded by Equal Justice Works, a nonprofit, to oversee an arrangement between Health Care […]

Mar 27, 2017

Is law-school debt declining?

Declining law-school debt leads news summary including medical malpractice, handling the homeless and battle for the bench.

Aug 23, 2016

Homeless paralegal proves Social Security owes her $100K

WASHINGTON — For years, Wanda Witter has lived on the streets in Washington, D.C., trying to persuade officials that Social Security owes her more than $100,000. For years, the 80-year-old woman says people dismissed her as crazy. But finally someone listened — and on Tuesday she received a $99,999 payout, The Washington Post reported. Witter moved […]

Jul 5, 2016

Should states follow D.C.’s bail-reform effort?

D.C.'s bail-reform effort heads news summary including a homeless man in Beverly Hills, sexual-assault victims in Wisconsin and alleged Macy's shoplifters.

Oct 15, 2015

C. William Michaels: The homeless and the Eighth Amendment

In an obscure federal district court case in Idaho, the United States Department of Justice recently filed a statement of interest. The case involves the City of Boise and a challenge by several homeless people to a city ordinance prohibiting camping and sleeping in any public outdoor spaces. The “statement of interest” filed by the […]

Supreme Court
Apr 20, 2015

Deportees fly the expensive skies, report says

High cost of deportation flights leads news summary including homeless advocates, $8 million award to inmate's family and women gain in Romania's bench and bar.

Aug 29, 2014

Baltimore County homeless agencies receive U.S. grants

Two of Baltimore County’s homeless services partner organizations have been selected to receive a combined $3.2 million in federal grants to serve homeless and at-risk veterans and their families, county Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced. The Department of Veterans Affairs awarded Supportive Services for Veterans Families grants to the Alliance Inc. and Project PLASE Inc., nonprofit [&helli[...]

Motor home
Jun 20, 2014

Court overturns LA ban on living in cars

A federal appeals court on Thursday struck down a 31-year-old Los Angeles law that bars people from living in parked vehicles, saying the vaguely written statute discriminates against the homeless and poor.

Jun 17, 2014

Suit by homeless students denied class-action status

A U.S. District Court judge has denied class certification of a lawsuit brought by three homeless families against Baltimore City Public Schools, alleging the school system violated the rights of homeless students.

Jul 18, 2013

New District Court docket provides help for the homeless

When a homeless person is charged with a minor crime, there is usually nowhere to send the court-date notice.

Sep 10, 2012

Law blog roundup

Welcome to Monday and the start of the Ravens’ season. But before the (football) birds battle the Bengals, here are some items to discuss while you tailgate.

Jul 13, 2012

Officers plead not guilty in death of homeless man

SANTA ANA, Calif. — A Southern California police officer and a former officer have pleaded not guilty in the beating death of a mentally ill homeless man. Former Fullerton Officer Manuel Ramos and Officer Jay Cicinelli entered the pleas Friday in Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana. Kelly Thomas died five days after a […]

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