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ABA says Nashville misdemeanor defendants facing jail time not told about right to counsel

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It’s one of the most routine violations of the constitution happening in courtrooms today, according to the American Bar Association (ABA): indigent defendants charged with misdemeanors that could land them in jail aren’t being told of their right to see … Continue reading

Why the NRA didn’t defend Philando Castile

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Why didn’t the National Rifle Association step up and defend Philando Castile, who was shot and killed by a Minnesota police officer last summer? NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch says it’s because Castile was in possession of a controlled substance. Castile … Continue reading

Law school doesn’t teach engaging with racists

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Law school students may sometimes have to defend positions they don’t necessarily agree with. However, a group of Yale law students is disagreeing with the argument that they should have to defend racist points of view. The students are taking … Continue reading

Why Representing Yourself in Criminal Court is a Bad Idea

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So you’re a big fan of all those law dramas both on the big and small screens. After years of watching actors in perfectly-tailored suits argue cases for their clients in the most dramatic and thrilling fashion, you believe you’ve … Continue reading

When white lives are at stake, society takes notice

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A month after a former Minnesota police officer was found not guilty of fatally shooting Philando Castile in July 2016, Justine Ruszczyk was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer. But the reactions to the shootings were different. Why … Continue reading

Article submission request for The National Black Lawyers

We hope you enjoy reading the news blogs on The National Black Lawyers website, and the latest news on the legal profession in our social media feeds and in our newsletter, The National. We are constantly striving to provide thoughtful, … Continue reading

BMW charged with racism, sexism in EEOC complaint

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A temporary worker is accusing the BMW division of Mini of racism and sexism in a complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Michelle Savoy also says the company retaliated against her when she asked about being moved … Continue reading

NAACP legal panel discusses Trump presidency

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President Donald Trump’s election commission is just one of the many issues that raise concerns with the legal leaders at the NAACP’s Continuing Legal Education seminar on Sunday. Two of the panelists say there are so many issues with the … Continue reading

Texas cop indicted for murder in death of black teen

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A Texas grand jury has indicted a former Dallas area policeman on murder and assault charges in the death of an unarmed black teenager. Roy Oliver is accused of fatally shooting 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, an honor student and athlete who … Continue reading

Infographic: Why You Need A Criminal Defense Attorney

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When you find yourself facing criminal charges, you have to get the services of an experienced criminal defense lawyer. After all, being charged with a crime is a serious matter. Even if you are slapped with a relatively light offense … Continue reading