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

death rowIt’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 a lawyer before entering a plea. ProPublica has more on the ABA’s report and how some people charged with crimes aren’t getting their constitutional right to an attorney.

ABA creates Homeless Youth Legal Network

homeless youthThe American Bar Association (ABA) has announced a new program to help homeless young people as well as the attorneys and social groups who serve them. The Homeless Youth Legal Network is designed to assist children, teens and young adults through the age of 25. Nearly eight percent of all US children face homelessness at some point in their lives, according to the ABA. Details available at the ABA Journal.