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‘Lawyer dog’ case highlights the need for Cultural Awareness Training

“Mere access to the courthouse doors does not by itself assure a proper functioning of the adversary process.”  – Thurgood Marshall Recently news broke about Warren Demesme, a Black man, who told detectives, “…just give me a lawyer dog,” but the police … Continue reading

Podcast: Former AG Eric Holder tired of holding his tongue

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In this podcast at Politico, former Attorney General Eric Holder unleashes his opinions on several issues that he’s been holding back on until now. What does he have to say about the possibility of President Trump firing Robert Mueller? What … Continue reading

NAACP issues travel advisory for American Airlines

The NAACP has issued a nationwide travel advisory for traveling on American Airlines. For several months, the NAACP has been monitoring incidents on the airline involving its treatment of African-Americans. The organization says flyers may experience “disrespectful, discriminatory or unsafe … Continue reading

Register now for the 2018 Trial Lawyers Summit

As the Trial Lawyers Summit gets closer, rooms at the Loews Miami Beach are filling up fast, and discounts will be disappearing. With attendance limited to 1,000, act now to secure your reservation for the #1 legal conference of the … Continue reading

Podcast: Cruel and unusual punishment

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In 1970, Parchman Farm was Mississippi’s “oldest, biggest and most brutal penitentiary,” according to the Washington Post.  In this podcast the the Post, attorney Roy Haber talks about his experience at the prison, where “prisoners were out working the land … Continue reading

Dove ads reveal need for more blacks in corporate leadership

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By NBL member Melanie Bates Earlier this month, news broke that Dove posted a racially insensitive advertisement on Facebook. The ad appears to depict a Black woman who turns white after using the Dove product. It conveys the faulty message … Continue reading

Increasing employment opportunities for D.C.’s returning citizens

By NBL member Melanie Bates Earlier this week, Georgetown University released a report, African-American Employment, Population & Housing Trends in Washington, D.C. The key findings indicate African-Americans in the District of Columbia have experienced steady patterns of declining income gains, … Continue reading

Baltimore prosecutor keeps up the fight

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Marilyn Mosby, the Baltimore prosecutor who charged six police officers in the shooting death of Freddie Gray, says despite death threats from that case, she’s fighting new battles as she prepares to run for re-election. Three of the officers were … Continue reading

Podcast: When court-ordered rehab becomes slave labor


An Oklahoma rehab center is being sued after some of the people sent there said they were forced to work at a chicken plant that one described as “a slave camp.” Christian Alcoholics & Addicts in Recovery, or CAAIR, was … Continue reading

Video: The racist roots behind the death penalty

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“The death penalty in the South has roots in lynching,” says University of Virginia law professor and author Brandon Garrett. In a video interview at Salon, Garrett says “there’s a long, ugly history of racial bias in the American death … Continue reading