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Efforts to shift public resources from jails to social services have long been advised by the experts in mental health, social services, and even law enforcement. Yet we continue to direct most of our public money to police and jails. When I first started studying these issues, data was emerging that diversion programs were effective and less costly over time than jail. But just one bad instance creating bad press could derail an entire campaign…
Utah courts are creating a new office to address racism and bias in the judicial system, a first step sorely needed to combat institutional racism and restore public trust and confidence. Deseret News Graph from “How to Build a More Open Justice System” – Science Magazine Business and legal researchers from Georgia State University, working with Northwestern University, are building a way to access and evaluate court cases online. While court records are public, many…
Utah courts are creating a new office to address racism and bias in the judicial system, a first step sorely needed to combat institutional racism and restore public trust and confidence. Deseret News Graph from “How to Build a More Open Justice System” – Science Magazine Business and legal researchers from Georgia State University, working with Northwestern University, are building a way to access and evaluate court cases online. While court records are public, many…
New study of peremptory challenges in non-death-penalty cases finds systemic bias, with strikes of black jurors in 72% of cases and white jurors in 0.5% of cases. Reasons include dreadlocks, slouching, short skirt, visiting relatives in jail and negative experiences with law enforcement. NBC Nightly News and Berkeley Law Death Penalty Clinic (h/t @JTashea) Some 1,300 NYC racial equity protesters face fines and jail time for violating curfew. Gothamist A multidisciplinary group of academics…
New study of peremptory challenges in non-death-penalty cases finds systemic bias, with strikes of black jurors in 72% of cases and white jurors in 0.5% of cases. Reasons include dreadlocks, slouching, short skirt, visiting relatives in jail and negative experiences with law enforcement. NBC Nightly News and Berkeley Law Death Penalty Clinic (h/t @JTashea) Some 1,300 NYC racial equity protesters face fines and jail time for violating curfew. Gothamist A multidisciplinary group of academics…
Ari Kaplan My saving grace during the COVID-19 crisis came four months ago when I saw a note on LinkedIn that a legal innovation trailblazer I’ve long admired was interested in starting a casual daily lunch via Zoom. I was all over it. I messaged Ari Kaplan right away, asking if he meant that Sunday. Turns out I was a bit too eager for some human contact outside my household. I’d have to wait until…
Ari Kaplan My saving grace during the COVID-19 crisis came four months ago when I saw a note on LinkedIn that a legal innovation trailblazer I’ve long admired was interested in starting a casual daily lunch via Zoom. I was all over it. I messaged Ari Kaplan right away, asking if he meant that Sunday. Turns out I was a bit too eager for some human contact outside my household. I’d have to wait until…
One of the few companies doing regular research on trends in the legal industry and sharing that information publicly is Clio. The practice management company already broke ground with its Legal Trends Report. But researchers there have upped their game, pulling and publishing data more regularly to track the industry during the pandemic. Jack Newton Clio CEO and co-founder Jack Newton is giving regular industry briefings on the data and I was able listen…
One of the few companies doing regular research on trends in the legal industry and sharing that information publicly is Clio. The practice management company already broke ground with its Legal Trends Report. But researchers there have upped their game, pulling and publishing data more regularly to track the industry during the pandemic. Jack Newton Clio CEO and co-founder Jack Newton is giving regular industry briefings on the data and I was able listen…
As I was preparing to for a conversation about my view of the access-to-justice crisis, I was struck by three recurring themes. Because of the global pandemic and now civil unrest sparked by the police killing of George Floyd: Courts are undergoing rapid experimentation and adoption of new technologies. The level of collaboration, discussion, and sharing of lessons learned is consistent, at an urgent level, with a focus on immediate and long-term solutions. No one…