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Press Room

For press inquiries, contact:

Pat Bath
Communications Director
The Legal Aid Society
pbath@legal-aid.org
212-577-3346

Redmond J. Haskins
Deputy Communications Director
The Legal Aid Society
rhaskins@legal-aid.org
929-441-2384

Current Press Releases and Statements:

November 2019

11/13/19  LAS Secures Destruction of Illegal Juvenile Fingerprint Database
11/12/19  LAS Calls on Bronx DA to Dismiss Charges Against Client Destin Burgess
11/06/19 Joint Statement on Trump’s False Dog-Whistle on People in Pre-Trial Detention
11/06/19 LAS Calls on DA-Elect Katz to Fulfill Campaign Promises
11/04/19 LAS Statement on NYPD Commissioner O’Neill Retirement, Appointment of Chief Shea

October 2019

10/30/19 LAS Statement on NYC BOC Proposed Rules to Regulate Housing Units at City Jails
10/29/19 LAS, Exonerated Five, Innocence Project, More Announce Reforms to Criminal Justice System
10/29/19 LAS Wins Case Upholding Right to Challenge Unfairly Inflated Misdemeanor Charges
10/29/19 LAS Honors Key Partners at 2019 Pro Bono Publico Awards Ceremony
10/28/19 LAS Statement on Latest Nunez Independent Federal Monitor Report
10/28/19 LAS Demands Vacatur for Michael Robinson, Client Exonerated by DNA Test
10/23/19 LAS Welcomes Fall 2019 Criminal Defense Practice Class
10/22/19 LAS Wins Appeals Reversal on Overcharge Case Involving Mailbox Fishing
10/22/19 LAS Statement on Delayed Vote Concerning Rules on Isolated Housing at Local Jails
10/21/19  LAS Wins Stay for Client with Terminal Cancer in NYCHA Eviction Case
10/21/19  LAS Calls for End to OCME DNA Index After Wrongful Arrest
10/17/19   LAS Urges Comprehensive Change to Treatment of People in Solitary and Lock Down
10/17/19   NYC Defenders Joint Statement on Rikers Island
10/16/19  Housing Justice for All Launches 2020 NYS Legislative Campaign With Statewide Day of Action
10/15/19  LAS Urges Immigrants in Need of Public Assistance Benefits to Continue Seeking Benefits
10/11/19   Judge Blocks “Public Charge” Immigration Rule From Going Into Effect
10/11/19   LAS Files Suit Against NYPD Officer Who Tased, Used Banned Chokehold on Client
10/10/19  LAS Launches Newly Redesigned Website to Better Serve Clients
10/09/19 LAS Calls on NYCHA to Terminate Eviction Proceedings Against Client with Cancer
10/08/19 LAS Calls on Albany to Enact Automatic Expungement Legislation
10/07/19  Immigrant Rights Groups in Court to Halt Public Charge Rule
10/06/19 LAS Statement on Trump’s Suspension of Immigrant Entry on Premise of Healthcare
10/05/19 Hundreds of Immigrant Youth at Risk of Deportation Due to Government Failure
10/04/19 LAS Praises Ruling That Highlights Flawed In-House DNA Software
10/03/19 LAS Lauds Court Decision in Ciaramella et al v. Zucker
10/03/19 LAS & Davis Polk Move to Exonerate Client Wrongfully Incarcerated for 26 Years
10/01/19 LAS Statement on Raise the Age Phase II Implementation
10/01/19 LAS Calls for Fast-Tracking of Capital Funding for NYCHA Utility Needs

September 2019

09/25/19 LAS Statement on Proposal Aimed at Simplifying New York Court System 
09/25/19 LAS, AG James and DA Gonzalez Seek to Halt ICE Arrests in Courthouses
09/24/19 Ahead of Hearing, Plan Requiring Working Homeless to Save 30% of Earnings Critiqued
09/23/19 Court Grants Motion to Intervene Allowing NYS Tenants to Join Baseless Lawsuit
09/18/19 LAS Statement on Gregory Edwards, Staten Islander who was Shot and Killed by NYPD
09/16/19 LAS Decries City’s Failure to Comply with Disclosure Laws on Alleged NYPD Misconduct 
09/12/19 NYC Community Groups Ask Judge to Halt “Public Charge” Immigration Rule
09/10/19 LAS Urges BOC to Deny Use of “Separation Status” at City Jails
09/09/19 NYIFUP Joint Statement on Opening of a New Immigration Court
09/09/19 LAS, Partners File Motion to Protect Housing Reforms
09/07/19 LAS Statement on Raise the Age Implementation Progress Report
09/05/19 LAS, Willkie File Appeal Against NYCHA Over Rent Rebates
09/03/19 LAS Secures $285,000 Settlement for Client’s Unpaid Wages

August 2019

08/29/19 LAS Statement on NYPD Reinstating Officer Darryl Schwartz
08/27/19  NYC Community Groups File “Public Charge” Lawsuit Over Trump Immigration Rule
08/27/19  Eric Garner’s Family and Police Accountability Advocates File for Judicial Inquiry
08/26/19 LAS Calls on DAs to Review All Cases Involving Disgraced NYPD Officer Darryl Schwartz
08/23/19 LAS Decries New Solitary Confinement Practice Implemented in City Jails
08/19/19  LAS Statement on NYPD Firing of Daniel Pantaleo
08/19/19  LAS Statement on New NYPD ICE Detainer Statistics
08/15/19  FOIL: OCME DNA Database Grows by 19,000 Samples in Two Years
08/12/19  Class Action Seals Hundreds of Old Marijuana Possession Convictions
08/12/19  LAS FOIL Disclosure on NYCHA Unplanned Heat/Hot Water Outages
08/12/19  LAS Statement on Trump Administration’s New Public Charge Regulations 
08/09/19 LAS Statement on NYPD Disproportionately Targeting People of Color for Fare Evasion
08/08/19 LAS Statement on Attempted ICE Raid at WIN Homeless Shelter in East New York
08/02/19 LAS Calls for Firing of NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo

Visit our press archive for older releases and statements.