Legal News

Meet Lauren Underwood, the youngest black Congresswoman in U.S. history

NBC NEWS — Lauren Underwood, a 32-year-old registered nurse with two master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University, became the youngest black woman in history to serve in Congress when she was sworn into the House of Representatives last week. A … Continue reading

Black teacher claims NY school district ignored discrimination and harassment, lawsuit filed

NBC NEWS — A high school English teacher employed with the Commack School District on Long Island said in a lawsuit filed last month that she has been the only black teacher in the district for 17 years. Andrea Bryan’s … Continue reading

Cyntoia Brown granted clemency, life sentence commuted

NBC NEWS — Cyntoia Brown was just 16 years old when she was convicted of killing a man and sentenced to life behind bars. After serving 15 years of that life sentence, Brown was granted clemency and a full commutation … Continue reading

‘White spaces’ are helping white people confront racial biases

NBC NEWS — “White spaces” are popping up around the country, and they aren’t as bad as they sound. These groups of all white adults were created to give white people an opportunity to have candid conversations about identifying white … Continue reading

Family: ‘Alabama tries to shield officer who killed black man’

ASSOCIATED PRESS — Relatives of a black man killed by police in Alabama’s largest shopping mall claimed Monday that a state takeover of the investigation is a bid by authorities to protect the officer. Holding a photo of her son Emantic … Continue reading

Two officers indicted after violent encounter with middle school student

WBRZ-2 (ABC) — A West Baton Rouge grand jury has indicted two officers accused of using excessive force on 14-year-old Isaiah Johnson in October, but the boy’s family believes the charges aren’t harsh enough. Johnson’s family claimed the school misled them … Continue reading

Living while black: CNN’s year-end report on racial profiling

CNN — It’s happened yet again. An African-American man in suburban Cleveland says a bank teller called police on him this month when he tried to cash a check from his employer. Although the man didn’t explicitly cry “racial profiling,” many observers see … Continue reading

⚖️ #ThrowbackThursday ⚖️

Today we honor George Lewis Ruffin (1961- ) who became the first African-American graduate of Harvard Law School in 1869. He was admitted to the Suffolk County Bar Association later that year. To honor his legacy and support minority groups … Continue reading

High-school student expelled for cursing hires civil rights lawyer with help from Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union

MIAMI HERALD — Cyrus Nance, an 18-year-old senior who played on the varsity basketball team at American Heritage School with Dwyane Wade’s son and nephew, was kicked out of the elite school in November following a profane back-and-forth the student said was initiated by … Continue reading

Lawsuit filed: Police chief condones white officers’ racism, abuse

ASSOCIATED PRESS — According to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday, white police officers in a Washington, D.C., suburb have used racist slurs, circulated text messages expressing a desire to “reinstitute lynching” and put a black face and Afro wig on … Continue reading