Legal News

John Legend wants Louisiana to remove ‘white supremacy’ from its constitution

CNN reports, that as part of his continued work in criminal justice reform, John Legend is calling on Louisiana to change its constitution. In an opinion piece published by the Washington Post Tuesday headlined “It’s time for Louisiana to strip white supremacy … Continue reading

Lawsuit filed over rule banning smoking inside public housing

A lawsuit was filed challenging the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s rule that directs all state and local housing authorities to ban smoking inside and out of public housing facilities nationwide. HUD’s anti-smoking regulation was finalized during the Obama … Continue reading

Municipality overbooks electronic monitoring units, gets sued

A lawsuit filed in Ohio claims that at least 13 people who have posted bond are still in jail because the county ran out of monitoring units. The lawsuit says Martin has posted bond, but he is required by a judge’s … Continue reading

West Point appoints first Black superintendent since the academy was founded in 1802

Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, a 1983 U.S. Military Academy graduate who has held high-ranking Army posts in Europe and Asia, has become the first black officer to command West Point in its 216-year history, academy officials announced. The native … Continue reading

Black homicide victims are less likely to see an arrest than white victims

Black victims, who accounted for the majority of homicides in the last decade, were the least likely of any racial group to have their killings result in an arrest, The Post found. While police arrested someone in 63 percent of … Continue reading

Country Time offers “Legal-Ade” to kids who were fined for non-permitted lemonade stands

Children at a lemonade stand.

U.S. News reports that stories of local authorities shutting down or fining children’s lemonade stands for operating without permits or business licenses have been grabbing headlines across the nation in recent years. In response, Country Time lemonade is launching a “Legal-Ade” initiative … Continue reading

Three Black people checked out of their Airbnb rental. Then the police were called

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CNN reports that residents of a Rialto, California neighborhood called the police on four women who were checking out of their Airbnb rental property. Rialto police detained Kelly Fyffe-Marshall and her three friends — two of them African-American like her — … Continue reading

Starbucks isn’t the first chain to come under fire in recent racially charged incidents

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CNN reports that even though federal law outlaws discrimination in public restaurants and cafes, there are still incidents in which black customers wait longer to be served, are asked to pay before a meal or sometimes subjected to arrest. In response to … Continue reading

Ayanna Jenkins-Toney Recognized as the 2018 Kwixuan Maloof Solo Practitioner of the Year by the California Association of Black Lawyers

Ayanna Jenkins Toney

National Black Lawyers member Ayanna Jenkins-Toney, founder and senior partner at the Law Offices of Ayanna Jenkins-Toney, has been recongnized by the California  Association of Black Lawyers as the “Solo Practitioner of the Year” in 2018. A highly decorated award … Continue reading

The ‘Jim Crow Era’ has passed, but the Fight for $15 must still take on the ‘Jim Crow Economy’

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A coalition of civil rights groups have filed a law suit against the city of Birmingham that links a three-year battle to raise the city’s minimum wage with the Alabama’s racist heritage. CNN reports that Birmingham became the first city … Continue reading