Category Archives: Dept. of Justice

DOJ/NSF White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable Report on Access to Justice Research

I have been much remiss in not blogging earlier about this important and very timely Report from the Department of Justice (NIJ and ATJ) and the National Science Foundation on Research in Access to Justice.  Formally titled White House Legal … Continue reading

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Lisa Foster’s ATJ Commissions Meeting Speech Focuses on Big Changes

Lisa Foster’s speech at the ATJ’s Commission focus not on the usual self-congratulation, but on the encourages big changes in focus and vision.  While I did not travel to Chicago for the Conference this year, just the text alone conveys … Continue reading

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Importance of White House Initiative, Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable, Gets Recognition in DC Bar Journal

The current issue of Washington Lawyer, the DC bar journal, contains a great article on the Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable. The article, under the title Ensuring Justice for All:  The White House Plan, finally gives some public recognition to the importance … Continue reading

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Thoughts For Federal Agencies and ATJ Commissions Building on the White House LAIR Meeting

I am not sure that the ATJ Community fully appreciates the scope of the implications of the recent Legal Aid Inter-agency Round-table inaugural meeting, about which I first blogged here.  Nor, I suspect do all Federal agencies yet realize the … Continue reading

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Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable Inaugural Meeting is Springboard for Federal ATJ Initiatives

The Federal Government Legal Aid Inter-agency Roundtable met for its inaugural meeting on February 29.  The Roundtable is under the White House Domestic Policy Council and DOJ. As Co-Chair Attorney General Loretta Lynch put it: “The consequences of limited access … Continue reading

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An Urgent Call for Action on Moving Potential Clemency Cases Forward

This blog urges the legal profession, both institutionally and individually, to step up now and play its role to help free thousands of nonviolent drug offenders given draconian federal sentences, and now potentially eligible for Presidential clemency.  First the background. … Continue reading

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Noting the Range and Significance of NSF Research Grants into Access to Justice

Regular readers of this blog will not have been able to avoid the drumbeat of attention to the importance and potential of DOJ’s bringing NSF to the access to justice table.  But, I have not as yet explicitly listed or … Continue reading

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The DOJ Access to Justice Research Workshop Is An Important Achievement And A Milestone

The recent Research Workshop was sponsored by NIJ (National Institute of Justice) and ATJ (Access to Justice Initiative) within the Department of Justice, and by the National Science Foundation (NSF).  Attorney General Loretta Lynch both spoke and blogged about it … Continue reading

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The Needed Components for National ATJ Initiative Taking

A couple of years ago, I blogged about what a state capacity for access to justice might look like.  Folks might find this post useful to start to talk about evaluation of the progress of their state’s ATJ Commission (or … Continue reading

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The Broader Lessons of Ferguson and Baltimore Are Much More Challenging — Opportunities to Be Part of the Solution

Some of us have begun calling it the Chasm — it’s the chasm between the legal system and the poor.  When the cops yell “stop”, young men do not make subtle legal distinctions between the civil and criminal justice systems.  … Continue reading

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DOJ ATJ Initiative Director Lisa Foster Keynotes at Equal Justice Conference

As Department of Justice Access to to Justice Director Foster pointed out at her keynote at the Equal Justice Conference, yesterday (see below for full text), there have been sixteen of these Conferences.  What she did not point out was … Continue reading

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Hearing Lisa’ Foster’s Keynote at the Equal Justice Conference Should Be An Important Moment

We have just heard that Lisa Foster, the head of the DOJ Access to Justice Initiative, will be keynoting the Equal Justice Conference next month. The chance to hear what she has to say from her perch as one of … Continue reading

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President’s Budget Proposes Civil Legal Research and Civil Legal Aid Competitive Grant Program

Two important development for the future in the federal budget process.  While these proposals are unlikely to be sucessful tis year, they help create the environment thefuture, and can also be cited for the position of the Executive as to … Continue reading

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The Power of the Pen and Phone — Exploring Opportunities for Access to Justice in the Next Two Years

Recent executive actions in immigration, and now asset forfeiture underline just how great is the President’s “power of the pen and phone.” — his ability by regulation or other executive action to make very significant changes in the way government … Continue reading

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What Might a National Expungement Strategy Look Like?

There is now pretty wide bi-partisan and multi-regional agreement that we have to make the re-entry of the convicted into society much easier, and that expunging prior criminal records will be an important part of this initiative. While lots of … Continue reading

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